"[Juror Ray Tribble] explained, quite simply, that he had concurred with the defense team’s core argument: that the body fished out of the Tallahatchie River was not that of Emmett Till — who was, they claimed, still very much alive and hiding out in Chicago or Detroit or somewhere else up North — but someone else’s, a corpse planted there by the N.A.A.C.P. for the express purpose of stirring up a racial tornado that would tear through Sumner, and through all of Mississippi, and through the rest of the South, for that matter.
"… How, I asked him, could he buy such an argument? Hadn’t Emmett Till’s own mother identified the body of her son? Hadn’t that body been found wearing a ring bearing the initials LT, for Louis Till, the boy’s dead father?
"Tribble looked at me earnestly. That body, he told me, his voice assuming a didactic tone, ‘had hair on its chest.’ And everybody knows, he continued, that ‘blacks don’t grow hair on their chest until they get to be about 30.’"
— Rubin, Richard. “The Ghosts of Emmett Till.” The New York Times, 31 July 2005.