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Casket From 1955 Exhumed For Autopsy

Thu Jun 02, 2005 9:01 am

http://www.cnn.com/2005/LAW/06/01/civil.rights.killing.ap/index.html

ALSIP, Illinois (AP) -- Federal investigators unearthed a concrete vault containing Emmett Till's casket at a suburban Chicago cemetery Wednesday, hoping to find clues into his 1955 slaying in Mississippi that became a key event in the civil rights movement.

The muddy cement vault was loaded onto a flatbed truck and headed to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office, where an autopsy was planned. No autopsy was performed when the 14-year-old black Chicagoan was killed.

"One purpose of this is to positively identify the remains and dispel any rumors as to whether it is truly Emmett Till or not," FBI spokesman Frank Bochte said. A second reason, he said, is to "see if any further evidence can be looked at to help Mississippi officials bring additional charges if warranted."

Officials from the Tallahatchie County, Mississippi, prosecutor's office, Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and the FBI bureau in Jackson, Mississippi, were on hand for the exhumation.


Ok. Questions are these:

1- Why would you exhume a 50-yr-old-corpse to verify it's identity if it was not in question in the first place?
2- Why do the FBI give a shit over this?
3- Even tho an autopsy was not performed 50 years ago, why do one now?
4- What the hell do these people hope to accomplish?
5- What other charges could be leveled against others, if the slayers are both dead (according to the article)?

What a waste of taxpayers $

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RE: Casket From 1955 Exhumed For Autopsy

Thu Jun 02, 2005 9:12 am

Everyone deserves due process. This is similar to the case of Medgar Evers. He was exhumed, and forensic evidence helped lead to the conviction of his killer decades after he was murdered. Maybe authorities have a lead on something.

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RE: Casket From 1955 Exhumed For Autopsy

Thu Jun 02, 2005 9:15 am

My personal feeling, and that of the government in this case, is that no crime should go unpunished. Not just for justice, but to remind criminals that they will be pursued until the ends of the earth for crimes.

When they can make that point they should.
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RE: Casket From 1955 Exhumed For Autopsy

Thu Jun 02, 2005 9:15 am

Quoting Airlinelover (Thread starter):
1- Why would you exhume a 50-yr-old-corpse to verify it's identity if it was not in question in the first place?

The article you quoted plainly stated that the identity was not certain.

Quoting Airlinelover (Thread starter):
2- Why do the FBI give a shit over this?

The FBI handled these civil rights cases originally.

Quoting Airlinelover (Thread starter):
3- Even tho an autopsy was not performed 50 years ago, why do one now?

Determination of cause/means of death is usually the reason autopsies are performed.

Quoting Airlinelover (Thread starter):
4- What the hell do these people hope to accomplish?

Justice & get a open case off the books

Quoting Airlinelover (Thread starter):
5- What other charges could be leveled against others, if the slayers are both dead (according to the article)?

The "slayers" were never convicted and they may not have committed the crime. The perpetrator/s may still walk free. Lastly, there is no statute of limitations on capital murder cases.

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RE: Casket From 1955 Exhumed For Autopsy

Thu Jun 02, 2005 12:37 pm

As is often stated:

"Justice delayed is justice denied."
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RE: Casket From 1955 Exhumed For Autopsy

Thu Jun 02, 2005 12:44 pm

Do a little research on the murder of Emmett Till and race relations back when he was killed and it might answer some of your questions.

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RE: Casket From 1955 Exhumed For Autopsy

Thu Jun 02, 2005 1:13 pm

when they opened the casket I heard one of the detectives said it smelled like ThCoz's mom.
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RE: Casket From 1955 Exhumed For Autopsy

Thu Jun 02, 2005 2:30 pm

Quoting CaptOveur (Reply 6):
when they opened the casket I heard one of the detectives said it smelled like ThCoz's mom.

Ouch! So cheap, so wrong. Definitely worth a snicker, though!
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RE: Casket From 1955 Exhumed For Autopsy

Thu Jun 02, 2005 2:49 pm



Quoting Airlinelover (Thread starter):
1- Why would you exhume a 50-yr-old-corpse to verify it's identity if it was not in question in the first place?



Quoting Airlinelover (Thread starter):
"One purpose of this is to positively identify the remains and dispel any rumors as to whether it is truly Emmett Till or not," FBI spokesman Frank Bochte said.



Quoting Airlinelover (Thread starter):
4- What the hell do these people hope to accomplish?



Maybe the concept of those who forget history are doomed to repeat it. A heinous crime was committed against this young man - strictly because of the color of his skin. If it had been a white 14-year-old who whistled at this woman, nothing would have been said about it at all.

Possibly the FBI and Mississippi State Police feel there may be evidence linking other people (who may be still alive) to this crime. As has been stated previously, there is no statute of limitations on capital crimes like this.

IMHO, this is not a waste of taxpayer's dollars at all - It is a search for justice and one that is many years too long in coming.

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RE: Casket From 1955 Exhumed For Autopsy

Thu Jun 02, 2005 5:20 pm

Quoting SATL382G (Reply 3):
The "slayers" were never convicted and they may not have committed the crime. The perpetrator/s may still walk free. Lastly

Doubtful.

The two men that where aquitted by a jury, sold their story to Look magazine which published the account where they described how the committed and then got away with the murder.


It takes a real cop to pick up a magazine and read an article where two guys scream, "I DID IT!! I DID IT!!"

The real crime was that the Federal goverment didn't pick up with the state court failed, but since the two perps have long since died, I have to wonder what good this will do.
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RE: Casket From 1955 Exhumed For Autopsy

Sun Jun 05, 2005 10:43 am

Quoting Airlinelover (Thread starter):
Ok. Questions are these:

1- Why would you exhume a 50-yr-old-corpse to verify it's identity if it was not in question in the first place?
2- Why do the FBI give a shit over this?
3- Even tho an autopsy was not performed 50 years ago, why do one now?
4- What the hell do these people hope to accomplish?
5- What other charges could be leveled against others, if the slayers are both dead (according to the article)?

1.identify the body and make sure it is that of that 14 year old boy. The articles explains why. More than verifying, I think they just want to put rumors to rest.

2. high profile case without a conclusion

3. um, simple explanation. An autopsy is performed to confirm the cause of death. Close the case for good but without a complete and detailed investigation.

4. Put a close to the case and provide some sense of closure for the family of the victim. Imagine how the family of this victim felt knowing their son was murdered yet the person (s) never captured, never knew the motive, and never knew how the boy was murdered.

5. who knows what they might find. Connections to people who might still be alive.




Quoting Airlinelover (Thread starter):
What a waste of taxpayers $

the comfortable lifestyles being lived in prisons by inmates as we speak is also a waste of taxpayers money as is the war in Iraq....so what's your point? I wonder if this would considered a "waste of taxpayers" money if the victim was white...hell, they would of performed an autopsy right away back then if it was a white boy.
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