The Killings of Channon Christian and Chris Newsom
by Lewis Loflin
Race is a touchy subject in America. In fact it’s an obsession. When I ended up with this picture (click here) via an e-mail chat group, I was skeptical. After all, I live in Bristol Virginia/Tennessee only 90 miles from Knoxville. This horror story never made it into the local press that I know of. Anna Nicole Smith, the Duke Rape Case fraud, and Imus drowned us out.
If it had been reported, it was certain we would never know the race of the felons, or that at least one of the five was a released felon. Because of the explosive issue of race, accusations of media bias, and lack of information from Knoxville authorities, we have far more than just two wonderful young people slaughtered by some savages. It’s a political correctness freak show.
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
Update January 2012: Unbelievable. The killers to get new trials because Judge was on drugs! See
Christian/Newsom Murders in Knoxville:
From the “news”
Quoting an article by James H. Lilley, also stated in other blogs, etc:
On Saturday January 6, 2007 Hugh Christopher Newsom, age 23 and Channon Gail Christian, age 21, both students at the University of Tennessee went out on a date. They were driving in Channon’s Toyota 4-Runner when they were carjacked at gunpoint. Suddenly the crime turned far more savage than an armed car theft. Chris and Channon were kidnapped and driven to 2316 Chipman Street where they were forced into the home at gunpoint. While Channon was forced to watch, her boyfriend was raped prison style and then his penis was cut off. He was later driven to nearby railroad tracks where he was shot and set afire. But Channon’s hell was just beginning. She was beaten; gang raped repeatedly in many ways, had one of her breasts cut off and bleach poured down her throat to destroy DNA evidence-all while she was still alive. To add to Channon’s degradation the suspects took turns urinating on her. They too set her body afire, apparently inside the residence, but for some reason left her body there-in five separate trash bags…
No wonder the police were not releasing this information if it’s true. (Turns out part of it wasn’t) There are endless conflicting news reports on this story at the time. Also, it has been reported by some this was a crack house where people came and went that nobody tried to help them or call police. For the whole article from Mr. Lilly see click here.
Channon Christian and Chris Newsom
Press plays the Race Card Again
Now the Associated Press (August 17, 2009) plays the race card. To quote, A jury was brought in for the case from Davidson County, 150 miles away, in an unusual move to ensure jurors weren’t tainted by pretrial publicity. They are sequestered in a hotel and barred by the judge from following news coverage of the trial. The victims were white and middle class, and the defendants are poor and black. Some conservative Internet commentators and white supremacist agitators accused the national media of reverse discrimination by failing to give the case the same attention paid to white-on-black hate crimes.
First the social class of the victims doesn’t have a damn thing to do with this. The usual liberal racist’ nonsense is to imply all minority criminals because they are “poor” or “down trodden” or whatever somehow excuses their behavior. On the other hand the victims being better off somehow and white had it coming to them or as the liberal racists always imply, the criminal actions of a “coward” like Cobbins is rooted in a racist’ white society.
The same press went into a frenzy at the time over Imus’ comments about the Rutgers girls basketball team, a total non-crime, and participated in the press lynching of three white members of the Duke lacrosse team over the non-rape of a black prostitute. The press, Jackson, Sharpton, etc. never even offered an apology.
In another biased news report:
Conservative commentators and Internet bloggers latched onto the Christian-Newsom killings soon after the crimes occurred. They demonized the national media for ignoring what they considered a black-on-white hate crime and contrasted it to the heavily reported white-on-black Duke lacrosse rape case. But two rallies in Knoxville in 2007 led by white supremacist sympathizers were met with significant anti-protester response and failed to gain traction. No demonstrations are expected now.
Knoxville’s black community has had problems with selective enforcement by police, but that is in the past, said Knoxville NAACP president Sheryl Rollins, an attorney. “In no way does the NAACP condone or support anybody – black, white, Chinese, greenies, whatever – that would do what those people (allegedly) did to those children,” she said.
The “white supremacists” were a whopping total of three people. Everyone else protesting this news bias got lumped in with these three. The reason the three got no traction is they represented nobody because they were just idiots trying to take advantage of the situation. As for Sheryl Rollins, that was the same racist’ NAACP that lynched the Duke lacrosse players in the press and never apologized for it.
Knoxville torture-slaying suspect may have kept journal of crimes
Vanessa Coleman, 18, was arrested by the Lebanon Police Department in Lebanon, Kentucky. She faces 40 Tennessee state charges. Coleman was indicted on 12 counts of felony murder growing out of the rape, robbery, kidnapping, and theft of Christian and Newsom, 1 count of premeditated murder (of Christian only), 1 count of especially aggravated robbery (of Newsom only), 4 counts of especially aggravated kidnapping, 20 counts of aggravated rape, and 2 counts of theft. She will be tried last. In each indictment, the large number of rape counts were included to provide a range of options for prosecutors, not to reflect the number of rapes which actually occurred. She will be the last to be put on trial.
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