May 14, 2007
UPDATE on a horrendous crime -- but details are still unverified
Last month I wrote three posts about the brutal double rape and murder in Tennessee. The crime was about as horrible a crime I've read about, except that there was no way to verify the most gruesome (and widely repeated) details of the case -- said to involve pre mortem sexual mutilation.
Naturally, when I saw (via Glenn Reynolds) that the Anchoress linked a recent post by Rob at Flopping Aces, I read the latter carefully. Sure enough, it's the same as the accounts I saw last month, except no links at all are provided:
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.There's nothing I hate more than repeating myself, but I've looked again, and I am still unable to verify any of the details involving pre-mortem sexual mutilation, so I'll just repeat what I said in my previous post:
I have not seen a link to any medical examiner's or coroner's report anywhere which would indicate pre-mortem sexual mutilation.I still think the facts matter, and I'm still not finding them.
UPDATE: La Shawn Barber has more on the case, and she also notes that the pre-mortem sexual mutilation aspects are unconfirmed. The most important aspect of this horrible case is that it is being ignored by the media:
What's up with the lack of blanket media coverage? I'm not talking about a story here or there with case updates. The media should be swarming around this story. What happened to Christian and Newsom should be all over the airwaves and printing presses.I've seen no evidence that the couple was singled out because of their race, but considering the horrendous nature of the case, whether there was racial hate would seem almost irrelevant.
In any case, the case is outrageous enough without screaming about unverified facts. (If they turn out to be wrong, it is not going to help the prosecution's case.)
Via Glenn Reynolds, who adds,
My earlier comment on the case has had me excoriated by some white-supremacist sites for covering up a hate crime.The press is naturally recalcitrant about reporting this case, for reasons involving political correctness. If it turns out that the gruesome pre-mortem mutilation never occurred, the press will have a field day congratulating themselves for downplaying the story. Which is why the people who are making demands of the press should stick to the facts that are known so far.
UPDATE: A disturbing and unverified report that people are celebrating the murders:
Jacque Patrick Fitzgerald (Knoxville) - St. Nicolas Thief, president and founder of Black Poverty Speaks, along with many local Knoxville blacks who live in the Washington Pike area has organized a social action protest celebration championing Lemaricus Davidson and Letalvis Cobbins.Someone obviously wrote this, but is it for real? I find nothing to confirm the existence of any "Nicolas Thief" or any organization named "Black Poverty Speaks," so I doubt it.
many local Knoxville blacks?
MORE (05/15/07): The "Nicolas Thief" story circulates widely, but it's as unverified as the pre-mortem sexual mutilation claims.
Is verification going out of style?
(And I am still unable to confirm it.)
Matthew Sheffield says,
I don't think that local crime issues should ever be covered in the national press but if the media are going to cover them, they need to be consistent.Which in this case they most definitely are not!
(FWIW, I'm beginning to think they're hoping the case gets drowned in a sea of misinformation and unconfirmed reports. That way, they can say they were "doing the right thing" by not reporting it.)
UPDATE (05/18/07): My thanks to Clayton Cramer for the link.
New post here.
posted by Eric on 05.14.07 at 03:15 PM
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