Murder in the Delta

The Emmett Till Story

Non-Fiction - True Crime
358 Pages
Reviewed on 08/14/2016
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Author Biography

About the author, my avocation in writing led to extensive studies in literature, film and television writing. As children my mother would always tell my brothers, sisters and I about this little boy name Emmett Till who was savagely murdered in Mississippi because he whistled at a white woman. Meeting Emmett Till's mother and grandmother in 1978 launched a long odyssey of comprehensive and in-depth research that produced MURDER IN THE DELTA: The Emmett Till Story.

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Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers' Favorite

Murder in the Delta: The Emmett Till Story should strike a chord in your memory. The notorious murder investigation has been mentioned in no less than ten prominent civil rights' movies and documentaries. Several books have been written about the crime and subsequent investigation, yet Michael Joseph Miller's take on it is by far the most detailed that I have been able to get my hands on. Emmett Till was an African-American teenager, killed in the south during the fifties for allegedly flirting with a white woman.

I felt that the author had an inquisitive mind, and presented facts in a clean and concise manner that helped illuminate appropriate details, but without dragging the reader through the muck of the investigation. Miller also produced several of his own deductions and speculations about the investigation, which were both interesting and quite possibly very reflective of what happened with Emmett Till's murder. This book was hard for me to get through; it's a tough subject in general, and as one member of an inter-racial relationship, this was an emotional journey that had many lows and not a whole lot of highs; almost cathartic in its discovery and introspection. This is a heavy story that requires some mental acuity and maturity.

Murder in the Delta: The Emmett Till Story is a must-read, particularly as the United States faces times of such racial tension and turbulence. Michael Joseph Miller's book will not so much rile up the public, but will inspire passionate fires within those already seeking social justice in the country.