Had you any idea that Emmett Till’s final words were some of boldest in American history? Milam: “You still as good as I am?” Till: “Yeah.” Milam: “You still ‘had’ white women?” Till: “Yeah.” Keep in mind that that’s after two grown men had tortured him for hours. Milam would later say that, following that exchange, he had no choice but to kill the 14-year-old boy: "Well, what else could we do? He was hopeless. I’m no bully; I never hurt a nigger in my life.