In the trial against Milam and Bryant after their arrest, Vanity Fair reported that Carolyn Bryant testified that Till grabbed and threatened her. "I was just scared to death," she said.
On Sept. 23, 1955, a jury of white males acquitted Bryant and Milam of all charges.
Since then, Bryant has disappeared from public view. Now 82 years old, her family has kept her whereabouts a secret.
In Tyson's new book, "The Blood of Emmett Till," he said Carolyn Bryant Donham -- who divorced Bryant and has married twice since then -- admits she lied about most of the accusations. Tyson spoke to Bryant in 2007, when she was 72 years old.
"That part’s not true," she said, referring to the claims of verbal and physical advances Till made on her
When asked if she remembered anything else that happened that night at the store, she said she couldn't.
Tyson is the only person to have interviewed Bryant. According to Vanity Fair, she reached out to Tyson when writing her own memoirs because she admired one of his earlier books.
"Nothing that boy did could ever justify what happened to him," Bryant told Tyson, adding that she related to Till-Mobley when one of her own sons died, saying she "felt tender sorrow."
Vanity Fair reported that Tyson did not say whether Bryant definitively expressed guilt.
If Till were alive today, he would be 75 years old. Decades later, the image of Till's open casket and his story continues to be one of the biggest examples of racism and civil rights injustice in America.