A grand jury declined to go to trial on the evidence produced by that investigation (and nobody has ever been convicted for the crime), but you can still see the result of Beauchamp's work, the fascinating 2004 documentary The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till, which examines the troubling facts of the crime in greater detail than perhaps ever before. And as far as crimes go, there have been few more influential: The fact that Rosa Parks herself once said she "thought of Emmett Till" when she refused to give up her seat on that fateful bus, and the compelling similarities between the Till trial and the fictional trial in To Kill a Mockingbird (published in 1960) both speak to its broad-ranging impact on society.
Tonight you can see it for free. It's the last installment in the Blair-Caldwell African-American Research Library's Seldom Screened: Black Directors series, which has been hosting free showings (along with free popcorn and drinks) of films by black directors for the past two months -- so get up on it before the free stuff runs out. See it tonight at 6 p.m.