Friday, April 27, 2007

The story you likely haven't yet heard

This is a story you will not believe.

One aspect of the story you'll not believe is that you likely haven't heard of this before. The mainstream media hasn't given it all that much play, and the blogosphere has been preoccupied with other topics.

I first caught wind of this on the 20th of this month, thanks to Mr. Minority, a former member of the nation's Fifth Military Service.

Six days later, Moneyrunner at The Virginian posted
about it.

For anyone counting, that's 2 posts I've caught, and I currently drag 648 feeds. Two posts.

This will make three.

And what is the it I keep referring to? The it is the story of two college students, Christopher Newsom and Channon Christian who were killed back in early January. But they weren't just killed. No, they weren't just shot, or poisoned, or even just cut-up. No, evidently their fate, their end, was more horrific than you can imagine.

And you very likely haven't heard about it. It's hard to find the full story.

Stop reading if you have a weak stomach.

Stefanie Williams from the University of Maryland writes about the crime:
Newsom was kidnapped, raped and beaten. According to reports, his penis was then cut off before he was shot several times and set on fire, all while his girlfriend watched. His body was then dumped alongside train tracks. Christian was kept alive and gang-raped multiple times over a span of four days. Her breast was cut off while she was still alive and her kidnappers sprayed cleaning fluid into her mouth to cleanse it of DNA. Her body was then put into a garbage can.
That's right. Christopher Newsom and Channon Christian, students from the University of Tennessee, were out on a date; they were car-jacked; they were taken back to some apartment... and then that.

How in the world did I not hear about this foul incident during January... or February... or even March... How is it that it was April that I first heard about it?

It was April because we don't want to talk about it, we don't want to think about it, we don't want to ask the questions the story begs, we don't want to face that this, too, is America.

Ms. Williams notes, "Trust me when I say this story is more newsworthy than the Natalie Holloway case, the Duke lacrosse scandal and Anna Nicole Smith combined." She's right. And yet, there's no coverage. Two deaths, two senseless deaths, that speak, I fear, more about where America is than Duke or Natalie or Anna Nicole or Virginia Tech. None of those cases are an indictment like this case.


  1. Thank you for posting about Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom. They deserve to be remembered. There is some good info and a link to a YouTube video on Wikipedia.

    I found out about this heinous double murder this evening. I was watching the FBI files on Discovery and decided to look up info about the subject of the program. I was browsing when I came across the Christian/Newsom double murder. To say I was horrified is an understatement. WHY didn't the media deem this "newsworthy"? I think it is because the five killers were Black and the two victims were White. Does that mean it is politically incorrect to mention this case in the media??? BULLSHIT. What happened to this young couple is absolutely beyond belief and definitely should have been headline news material. Just venting my disgust with the mainstream media.

  2. I too believe this to be a horrific crime but there are many many murders not mentioned in mainstream media that is just reported in local news. I don't think it had anything to do with race. There is far more black on black crime some of which are just as horrific as this one and the two kids killed could just as well been black. These killers were sick, perverted animals and had the kids in that SUV been black would have met the same fate. I think the news on this case will increase as the trial nears.

    My heart goes out to the family of Christopher Newsome and Channon Christian. No one should endure what these two beautiful people did.

  3. There is another story here. The local media blackout is due to the location of the carjaking. They may have been found in a bad neighborhood and last seen alive by friends in the Washington Pk. area, but I believe they were abducted RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF DOWNTOWN. Perhaps they went to get a drink in our old city (popular spot for students)or stopped at a downtown ATM. The location of the carjacking is being kept secret because Knoxville is worried about its image.