An unsolved crime is the starting point of many podcasts, but in Un(re)solved it concerns more than a hundred cases. Journalist James Edwards investigates an initiative to get justice for the families of black Americans who were murdered during the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s. Such as Emmett Till, who was horribly mutilated and murdered in 1955 at the age of fourteen. As in the other cases, the perpetrators went free.
The Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act, which was ratified in 2008, was supposed to free up more resources for reopened investigations, but whether justice will come remains to be seen, Edwards says: the initiative threatens to get bogged down in bureaucracy and political scheming.
A version of this article also appeared in NRC Handelsblad on 3 July 2021
A version of this article also appeared in NRC in the morning of July 3, 2021