I can find no words to describe the inconceivable evil that five human beings brought against two young people, one a senior in sociology at the University of Tennessee, at the beginning of this year. I have struggled to even partially comprehend the level of attrocities, the terror committed, the pain inflicted upon two other human beings. And I remain stunned in the aftermath of verifing this tragedy is very real.
This is a story that has not hit the mainstream media and would not be noticed at all, if not for the local Knoxville press and the blogosphere at large. Like me, people across America and beyond are struggling to understand why this story has received practically no coverage when this case sincerely makes the Missouri monster, Michael Devlin, seem like a boy scout in comparison. And Devlin’s attrocities committed against two young boys will have me cheering if and when he is put to death…if I live so long to see it.
This case is much, much worse across the board.
Is the evil committed in this case too gruesome for media to report? (Doubtful.) Is it that murder has become so commonplace today that this attrocity is not even considered “news” in our wholly narcissistic society? (Perhaps.) Is it because there was no chase to cover, no developing story to grab our attention, no manifesto sent by these evils to NBC? (Undoubtedly.)
Could it be that our mainstream media has a specific agenda regarding race and hate crimes, under which this story doesn’t have a place? Is it that the two murdered young people were white and the five evil monsters who carjacked the couple, gang-raped and sodomized them, mutilated and tortured them so horribly were black thugs…and there is no Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson to find this event reprehensible and scream for justice? (Inarguably.)
I join a quickly growing host of people who seek answers and absolutely demand that this story be told. And I ask you to join me in doing the same. Regardless of one’s opinion as to why this story has not received attention and far beyond the fact that the assailants are black, their hatred of humanity is terrifyingly clear for the world to see through their methods of orchestrating the ends of two innocent, young lives.
May God bless and bring comfort to the families and so many friends of Channon Christian, 21, and 23-year-old Christopher Newsom.
Be clearly warned: This post is extremely graphic.
On Saturday evening, January 6, 2007, Christopher and Channon left on a date to have dinner and find fun in Knoxville. At around 12:30 a.m., Channon called her parents and told her father that they were headed to join some friends at one of their houses, but would be home in a couple of hours.
But the couple never made it. They met the incarnations of evil.
At a location that authorities will not release, Channon and Christopher were carjacked by three black thugs. They were robbed and beaten, bound, gagged and blindfolded, and taken to a house where a young black woman only 18 years of age, was there waiting to join the party. Once at the house, Christopher was repeatedly sodomized and gang-raped by ALL four and brutally beaten, while Channon was forced to watch and listen to his screams of agony as the evil ones laughed and drooled in their joy. Then the group turned their sights to Channon and ALL four repeatedly and brutally gang-raped and sodomized her, while Christopher was forced to watch and listen helplessly.
At some point during that Sunday, it was reported the group used a box cutter to castrate Christopher, forcing Channon to watch this unbearable torture. Then he was shot three times. At some point, Christopher was soaked with gasoline and set afire, but I can find no credible information as to when or where. Christopher was wrapped up in bedsheets and/or a comfortor and taken away by one of the thugs to be dumped nearby. Police have clearly stated their belief that Christopher was dead by nightfall.
Meanwhile, the remaining four continued to rape, beat, sodomize and urinate upon Channon repeatedly, and they did so throughout Sunday and late into the night before Monday’s dawn. They sprayed a household disenfectant into her mouth and other orifices – not to poison or kill her, but to try and destroy their DNA evidence. The evils used the same box cutter to completely sever one of her breasts, apparently while she was still alive. She may have been strangled and she was certainly set afire. Then Channon was completely dismembered, her body parts thrown into trash bags.
And the incarnates of evil scattered to the four winds.
When Channon and Christopher failed to return home that Sunday morning, nor could either be reached by cell phone overnight, their frantic parents notified Knoxville police and a large scale search ensued across the area.Shortly after Noon that Sunday, Christopher’s body was found by a railroad worker wrapped in “a sheet or a comfortor,” laying where it had been thrown alongside some railroad tracks on the seedy east side of town. His body had been mutilated and beaten mercilessly, he had been bound with rope or bootlaces, shot three times, and his body had been badly burned using an accellerant.
When Channon could not be found overnight, a search warrant was issued to her cell phone provider and they were finally able to trace her phone signal to the nearest tower by the end of the day. Her family and police found her abandoned vehicle late Monday only about two blocks away from where Christopher’s body was found and, by the way, about two blocks from where their tortures and murders had been committed.From the vehicle, forensic teams were able to lift a fingerprint that was a perfect match for one Lamaricus Devall Davidson, a local thug who was released in August 2006 after serving time in the state penitentiary for multiple convictions on aggravated robbery and carjacking from Madison County.
On Tuesday mid-afternoon, Police swarmed Davidson’s residence of record, a rental home he shared with his half-brother Letalvis Cobbins and Cobbins’ live-in lover, Valerie Coleman, 18. Cobbins is also a convicted felon. He was convicted on felonious third-degree attempted robbery in Queens County, New York in 2003, although I cannot ascertain if he ever spent any time behind bars.Police found no one inside the house and the front door was open. What they did find was an unrecognizable body that had been brutalized, mutilated, dismembered and contained within five separate trash bags stuffed into a large trash can in the kitchen. The Knox County ME later identified the body as Channon Christian.
Police now began a search for Davidson and Cobbins, whom they described as “persons of interest.”
On Thursday morning, county, state and federal authorities tracked down Cobbins and George Thomas hiding out at a friend’s home in Lebanon, Kentucky. Later that afternoon, police tracked down Davidson hiding out in a vacant house in the Mechanicsville area. When police apprehended him, he began crying uncontrollably, according to a statement made by the Knox County DA.
In two separate searches of the residence (before and after Davidson’s arrest), police seized a ton of inflamatory evidence in addition to the loaded .22 pistol police recovered from Davidson’s person and a .9mm taken from Cobbins at the time of their arrests. There was a .30 caliber rifle, two empty boxes of .22 ammo, a few empty .22 casings, a 9mm magazine (with Cobbins’ fingerprints), loose .22 and .38 Special bullets, gasoline- and blood-soaked clothing, blankets and clothing fragments, hair, socks, shoes, a gun cleaning kit, several cell phones, a silver I-Pod, a near empty spray bottle of household disinfectant, two red gas cans, and a plastic bag with more hair and socks…to name merely a few of the police evidence listings.
Soon after the initial three arrests, police began chatting with Vanessa Coleman, Cobbins’ live-in and mother of his two young children. Coleman was discovered when police raided the Lebanon, KY house to find Cobbins and Thomas. Considered a witness at first, she described to police what had happened in the house and that she had seen some of the attrocities. As is now known, she was a very active participant every step of the way of Channon’s and Christopher’s torture and demise.
Coleman was finally arrested in early February in Lebanon, Kentucky and fought extradition back to Tennessee for weeks. She’s there now, though. Unlike the other thugs, Coleman (also indigent) managed to secure representation by a private attorney, although people cannot conceive of who is paying what will be her huge legal tab. All of the attorneys are certified as being qualified to represent death penalty cases.
Meanwhile, back at the jail, Davidson, Cobbins and Thomas all coughed up blame on each other after their arrests, and Davidson provided the name of a fourth man, Eric Boyd. It was Boyd, they said, who had taken Christopher’s dead body away. Boyd was the worst one of all, they all declared. Boyd was soon picked up, as well.
To make a long and potentially confusing legal story short, there are federal and state crimes cited in this matter. Davidson, Cobbins and Thomas each face 46 charges from the Knox County Grand Jury of premeditated murder, kidnapping, rape, robbery and theft. Vanessa Coleman also faces 40 charges from Knox County of premeditated murder, kidnapping, rape, robbery and theft. There are also weapons charges involved, since Davidson and Cobbins were felons.
As you will see if you view the indictment linked below and review these statutes, these charges are vague and wide and, as such, will give a jury a great deal of room with which to convict these monsters.
Federal carjacking charges were also filed against Davidson, Cobbins and Thomas, although those charges were withdrawn. In my opinion, the reason for this is so that the state may go forward on their case and, in the event the jury fails to serve sound judgement or deliver significant sentences, the feds can then reinstate their charges under a separate trial. And the fed charges carry very hefty mandatory sentences.
Eric Boyd, a convicted serial robber and fellow felon, was No Billed by Knox County on all the counts levied against his thug pals, but has been indicted by the Federal Grand Jury as an accessory after the fact. This thug was contacted by Davidson during the wee hours of Monday morning, who described to Boyd the carjacking, tortures and murders at his house. Boyd helped Davidson to escape the area later that evening. Boyd let Davidson make a myriad of phone calls from his own cell phone and helped him break into the vacant house on Reynolds Street in the Mechanicsville neighborhood, where police later apprehended Davidson and the .22 pistol he was carrying.
The level of complete depravity of these five is horrific in itself and, at very least of the issues involved, is that this case provides a clear snapshot of the level to which our society has plunged.
Monsters walk among us.
A hearing on various pretrial motions in the cases of Davidson, Cobbins and Thomas and Coleman is scheduled for Thursday afternoon, May 17 in Knoxville.
First and foremost, I entreat you to watch a loving and amazing benediction created by a friend of Channon Christian at YouTube. See For Channon Christian. This is the original video posted to YouTube on January 9th by FarragutAlumni. Channon was a Farragut High grad.
For more information, and the most astounding amount of police records made public in my memory, see the following links: Read the state’s Indictment against Davidson, Cobbins, Thomas and Coleman.
Here are the police Search Warrants and Seized Evidence List.
From the Knoxville News Sentinel comes This informative article. Be certain to check the right margins where a ton of information waits, including the Federal complaints filed by BATF and US Marshal agents against Davidson, Cobbins, Boyd and Thomas.
From Tightrope comes This article detailing the charges and possible sentences.
From Mark Alexander comes this compelling article regarding race issues in Murder in Black and White. I cannot possible agree more with Mr. Alexander’s assertion, “This appalling attack is more than a case study in sociopathic evil. It is also a case study in journalistic malpractice.” And I wholly embrace the entirety of his posting, as well.
This from Newsbusters on The National Media’s Refusal to Cover White Couple’s Murder Suggests PC at Work.
From Wake Up America comes this heartfelt and poignant account in A Call to Justice. (You will need to scroll down to find the article that is the second one on this page.)
And for those who, like me, find this gruesome account wholly inconceivable, Snopes has their own verification of the facts in their reporting of Newsom/Christian Murders.
UPDATE: 5:00 p.m. Large-scale word is now getting out. Michelle Malkin speaks about this murder and the media’s reprehensible ignorance of the story in this week’s VENT segment. Click on the video screen twice to begin.
UPDATE: May 18th at 11:30 a.m. Fox News’ Bill Hemmer aired a report on the murders on his BYA (Because You Asked) segment this morning. While it was a cleaned-up account, it nevertheless hit the topics of possible reverse racial bias and questioned the nature of the murders as a hate crime. In a carefully worded sentence, he also eluded to the torture these young people endured. HotAir has a link to the Fox story Here. I have no doubt the “You” in BYA was primarily Michelle Malkin, in addition to the likely hundreds of emails they’ve been receiving lately.
UPDATE: May 19th at 9:45 a.m. More charges have been added to the list for Lamaricus Davidson. It seems that killing Channon and Christopher wasn’t enough to sate the evil needs of this thug. On the day Christopher’s body was discovered, Davidson robbed a local Pizza Hut at gunpoint and tried to steal a woman’s purse. Six new charges of aggravated robbery, attempted robbery, aggravated assault and unlawful possession of a weapon (by a felon) will not be tried with the murder case that is set to begin next year. See WVLT’s coverage of these new charges Here.