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Getting Away with Murder: The True Story of the Emmett Till Case

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Getting Away with Murder: The True Story of the Emmett Till Case

In August 1955, a group of white men in Money, Mississippi, kidnapped a black teenager from Chicago who had come to the South to visit his aunt and uncle. While out with his friends, he made advances to an older, married white woman at a local store. Word got around about what this black boy had done. The woman's husband took revenge by kidnapping Emmett Till, torturing and brutally killing him.

The killers literally got away with murder. The two men who were arrested for the crime stood trial, but it was clear from the onset that the verdict would be tipped in their favor. After being found not guilty, the two divulged the truth when they admitted they had kidnapped, beaten and killed Emmett Till. They did so with impunity since they couldn't be tried for the same crime twice.

"This is a concise account of this horrific episode in our history….In this version, author Chris Crowe includes new information that wasn't available when the first book was written."

Chris Crowe, the author of GETTING AWAY WITH MURDER, grew up in Chicago and was born a year before Emmett's murder. Despite years of schooling and being subjected to "learning" about the Civil Rights Movement in school, he didn't know anything about Emmett Till until he did some research to provide background information for another book he was working on. After doing extensive research about this historic event, he realized that Emmett's story needed to be told, that the whole world needed to know how important this event was to the history of the Civil Rights Movement.

This is a concise account of this horrific episode in our history. It's also a revised and updated edition of an earlier book which was released in 2003. In this version, author Chris Crowe includes new information that wasn't available when the first book was written.

The text is illustrated with many black and white photos that correspond to the sequence of the story line. The back matter of the book includes a timeline of events relating to Civil Rights Events in the United States, starting with the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, as well as a Bibliography and several pages of additional resources about the topics of race and slavery in America.

Many people believe (as I used to) that Rosa Parks' refusal to give up her seat on the bus is what set off the Civil Rights Movement. According to Crowe, the murder of Emmett Till was the real catalyst that galvanized blacks across America to come together in a common cause for equal rights. The incident with Rosa Parks took place just four short months after Emmett's death.

Reviewed by Christine M. Irvin on February 14, 2018

Getting Away with Murder: The True Story of the Emmett Till Case
by Chris Crowe