Emmett Till was a native of Chicago visiting relatives in Mississippi. Emmett Till allegedly accosted, or aggressively approached, a white woman. The woman claims that he grabbed her and made lewd remarks, and others say he simply whistled. His cousins say that he whistled to cover a speech defect. Rob Bryant, the woman's husband and the storeowner, and his half brother, and possibly other accomplices set out to kidnap Emmett from his relatives' home. He beat him severely beyond recognition, and shot him and threw his body in the river. His body was found later and Rob Bryant and his half brother were charged with murder. The body was only recognized as Till because of a ring he wore. The all white male jury acquitted them of the crime. The murderers then confess and are convicted.