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The Brutal Murders
of Christopher Newsom and Channon Christian-Truth!
Summary of the eRumor: The eRumor tells of the
horrific kidnapping, torture, and murder of Christopher Newsom and his
girlfriend Channon Christian from Knoxville, Tennessee. The story claims
that she was forced to watch as Christian's penis was cut off, he was
set on fire, and shot several times. Then she was allegedly
tortured and sexually assaulted for 4 days, chemicals put into her
mouth, her breast cut off, then murdered. According to the eRumor,
five people have been arrested for the crimes. The eRumor asks
questions like why the media has not covered the the story more widely
such as the Duke University rape case, why people like Al Sharpton and
Jesse Jackson are not helping the victim's families, why the ACLU and
the NAACP are not calling for an investigation, and why the FBI is not
looking into it as a hate crime. Then it answers those questions
by saying that it must be because the victims were white and the
suspects were black.
The Truth: Although some of the details
of the eRumor are not confirmed, the tragic story of the murders of
Christoper Newsom and Channon Christian is true.
Authorities say both were raped, tortured, and murdered after being
kidnapped on the morning of January 7, 2007. Four people were
convicted and sentenced for their involvement in this crime.
Letalvis Cobbins was found guilty of first degree murder and rape in
August 2009 and was sentenced to life in prison without parole. Lemaricus Davidson was found guilty of first degree murder and rape in
October 2009. Davidson is on death row awaiting his death sentence
by lethal injection to be carried out.
George Thomas, after having been found guilty of first degree murder and
rape in December 2009 was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
In May 2010 Vanessa Coleman was found not guilty of first degree murder but
was found guilty of being a facilitator in the rape and death
of Channon Christian. Coleman was sentence to 53 years in
According to published reports, Newsom and Christian went out for dinner
on the evening of Saturday, January 6, 2007. Police say their car
was hijacked and the couple was tired up and taken to the apartment of
one of the suspects. There Christian was reportedly raped in
Newsom's presence then Newsom was shot and his body burned. Police
have not confirmed that his penis was cut off and we have not found any
credible source for that information. Police later found a
fingerprint on an envelope in Christian's abandoned car, which led them
to the apartment and where they found Christian's body in a trash can in
the kitchen. She had been dismembered. Again, police have
not confirmed the mutilation of her breast. Investigators say they
later determined that she had been held for at least two days during
which she was tortured, raped, and murdered. Newsom's body was
found by a railroad worker near some railroad tracks in East Knoxville.
The story has been covered by both local and national media but not with
the intensity of something like the Duke University rape case, in which
three white students were charged with raping a black stripper at a party
in March, 2006. All the charges against the students were
eventually dropped but the case generated a lot of visibility and
controversy along racial lines.
The murders of Newsom and Christian have become better known through
forwarded emails and blogs than from national media. It would be
difficult, however, to argue that it is because of racial bias.
The O.J. Simpson murder trial was one of the most intensively covered
crimes involving a black defendant with white victims. Rich
Buhler, the founder of TruthOrFiction.com, has worked in the news media
for more than 40 years. He said, "There are heartbreaking and
horrifying crimes all over the nation every day that you don't hear
about until, for example, you watch a true crime show or read a true
crime book. Newsom and Christian were not only victims of human
monsters but also became crime statistics that are, very tragically, all
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
you did not hear this news.
animals pictured below; car-jacked, then raped
Christopher Newsom, cut off his penis, then set him
on fire and fatally shot him several times while
they forced his girlfriend, Channon Christian, to
watch. An even more cruel fate awaited her!
Christian, was beaten and gang-raped in many ways
for four days by all of them, while they took
turns urinating on her. Then they cut off her breast
and put chemicals in her mouth ... and then murdered
Where be the Revs
Al and Jesse? Are they providing counsel and help to
the families of the victims?
course not - the victims were white
Why hasn't this received National coverage by the
news media like the Duke "rape" case?
Oh, that's right - the victims were white
Why hasn't the NAACP, ACLU, New York Times etc.,
called for an investigation?
Must be cause the victims were white
Why hasn't the FBI been called in to investigate
this as a hate crime?
Oh, t hat's right - the victims were white"
if a white news radio jock uses the phrase
"Nappy headed", it gets 2 weeks of
constant news coverage.
two white people are tortured, raped, and murdered
by a group of black people, it barely gets a blip in
this around, and maybe, just maybe, it will land in
the hands of someone in the media or politics, that
has the balls to stand up for the white people!!!
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