This couple is Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom of Knoxville, Tennessee. Channon and Chris were described by family and friends as a “clean-cut and faithful couple—good kids.” Channon was a senior at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where she met Christopher. Earlier this year, she and Chris went out on a Saturday dinner date, after which Channon called her mom and told her that they were on the way to visit friends. But Channon and Christopher never arrived at their friends’ house—or returned home.
The next day, the mutilated and burned remains of Chris Newsom were found along a railroad track. Two days later, Channon’s battered and burned body was recovered from a trash bin. Channon and Chris had been kidnapped after a carjacking, then brutally gang-raped and murdered. According to reports, they were subjected to lengthy torture in each other’s presence, injected with chemical disinfectants to destroy DNA evidence, then strangled and shot.
The details of their lengthy torture are horrifying. Chris had his own penis cut off while he was still alive, set on fire and then was fatally shot mulitple times. Channon was repeatedly gang-raped, beaten, and had bleach poured down her throat over a period of two days. These monsters also cut off one of Channon's breasts, all while she was still alive, before they finally murdered her too.
These appalling attacks and homicides are more than a case study in sociopathic evil. It is also a case study in journalistic malpractice. Unless you tune in to the local Knoxville news, you are most likely hearing about this heinous crime for the first time—even though it took place last January. True, there are some 17,000 murders committed in the U.S. each year, but this double murder was clearly far more barbaric, far more monstrous than most.
So, why has the national media been almost completely silent on this particular example of savagery? Why isn't the New York Times or the Washington Post demanding an investigation of this 'hate crime'? Where are Reverends Sharpton and Jackson and why aren't they providing counseling to the victims families? Why isn't the NAACP or the ACLU holding press conferences to call for justice in this case? Why have CNN, ABC, NBC, and even Fox News devoted no airtime for Channon and Chris?
Could it be because the two victims were white, and the five defendants are black?