By The Associated Press
ALSIP, Ill. — Investigators found lynching victim Emmett Till’s original casket rusting in a shack at the cemetery where four workers are accused of digging up bodies to resell plots.
The 14-year-old Chicagoan was killed in 1955 after reportedly whistling at a white woman during a visit to his uncle’s house in Mississippi. Nearly 100,000 people visited his glass-topped casket during a four-day public viewing in Chicago. Images of his battered body helped spark the civil rights movement.
When Till was exhumed in 2005 during an investigation of his death, he was reburied in a new casket.
On Thursday, his original casket was found at Burr Oak Cemetery in Alsip. Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart says the casket was in horrible condition and a family of possums ran out of it when investigators opened it.