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Tuesday, January 7, 2014


        Every year on January 7, Unit 1012 will always remember Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom, a couple from Knoxville, Tennessee who were murdered on January 7, 2007. For this year’s memorial on them, Unit 1012 will post two articles from Glenn Beck: First, he tells the story of the couple and second, he interviews the parents of Channon and Christopher.

            Finally, an article from Comrade LMC who will speak of how Channon and Christopher lived and not how they died. Unit 1012 always remind people to remember how the victims live. 

Channon Gail Christian, 21, and Hugh Christopher Newsom, Jr., 23.

WATCH: Glenn shares the story of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom
Wednesday, Aug 14, 2013 at 5:56 AM +0800

Last week, Oprah made headlines when she compared the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin to the brutal murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till in 1955. During an interview, Oprah said in her mind the two deaths were “the same thing.”

In the wake of those comments, one of Glenn’s listeners called into the Glenn Beck Radio Program to express her outrage that people like Oprah, President Obama, Al Sharpton and others are so quick to publicize racial tensions in the death of Trayvon Martin, but have completely ignored the tragic murders of a young couple in Knoxville, Tennessee. Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom were raped, tortured, and murdered after being kidnapped the evening of January 6, 2007. Glenn, who was unfamiliar with the story, promised the listener he would look into it.

Tonight on the Glenn Beck Program, Glenn shared the story of Christian and Newsom’s truly horrifying death that will make you question why we have allowed ourselves to get to a point where death is politicized by special interests.

Glenn Beck telling the story of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom on the Blaze TV.

The Gruesome Story of a Murdered Tennessee Couple You May Have Never Heard – But That You Will Never Forget

Aug. 13, 2013 10:37pm Jason Howerton

After a radio caller made him aware of the extremely disturbing story of Christopher Newsom and Channon Christian in Knoxville, Tenn., Glenn Beck researched the case and was horrified at what he found.

Though the details are hard to hear, Beck told the couple’s story in excruciating detail during his show on TheBlaze TV Tuesday. The killings occurred in 2007; however, Beck says the media failed to give the case adequate coverage due to special interests or negligence.

Newsom, 23, was a standout baseball player who was working as a carpenter. Christian was a 21-year-old student at the University of Tennessee. The happy couple had been dating for a couple months.

On January 6, 2007, the couple made plans to watch a movie at a friend’s apartment, but they never made it. They would never be seen alive again.

When Christian didn’t show up for work the next morning, family members immediately grew worried and reported them missing, Beck explained.

“It turns out that the couple had made it to dinner, but when they arrived at the apartment complex where Christian’s best friends lived, they were carjacked by multiple assailants,” he said. “What followed was one of the most heinous, gruesome, senseless hate crimes, ever.”

It was at this point in the program that Beck advised parents to have their children leave the room or pause the show and watch it at a later time due to the graphic details of the story.

Newsom was gagged with a sock in his mouth, his ankles were bound with his own belt, his hands were tied behind his back, his face was covered with a bandana and his head covered with a sweatshirt that his five assailants had tied around his neck with shoestrings.

He was then violently raped with an object and beaten.

“One can only imagine the horror Christopher experienced as he was then forced to walk barefoot to the nearby railroad tracks, where he was shot in the neck in the back,” Beck said solemnly. “But the shots didn’t kill him — he fell to the ground and was paralyzed.”

“That’s when the assailants stood over him, placed the gun against his head and fired, killing him execution style,” he added. Newsom was shot a total of three times.

But not even that was enough. The attackers then poured gasoline on his body and set him on fire.

Unfortunately, the horror of this tragic story is not over. Beck went on to speak of what also happened to Christian on that night.

The woman was forced into a back room of the house where she was hog-tied with a strips of fabric from a bedding set. She was brutally raped “in every possible way imaginable” for several hours as the assailants beat her viciously with several objects, including a broken chair leg.

By the time Christian was taken into the living room, the five attackers realized they had left their DNA on their victim. In an attempt to cover their tracks, they poured bleach down her throat and on her body before they wrapped her body in black garbage bags and covered her head in a plastic grocery bag.

“She was then placed in a garbage can in the kitchen of the house — all of this while she was still alive,” Beck noted.

“Channon Christian’s last minutes on earth were spent slowly suffocating in a garbage can after she had been savagely beaten and raped for hours,” he added.

Beck slammed “so-called” civil rights leaders Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson for failing to demand justice in the brutal case. He criticized the media just as harshly for failing to give the story the coverage it deserved.

The faces of evil (TheBlaze TV)
Meanwhile, the pursuit of justice for the family of the victims has also been elusive.

All five suspects in the case had been charged and convicted for the crime when it was discovered that the judge had a drug addiction, allowing the killers to take advantage of the justice system.

“All but one has been repeatedly pursuing retrials and appeals,” Beck explained. “The lone female attacker had her sentence reduced by a third.”

Beck continued: “This miscarriage of justice is forcing the family to live this horror over and over and over again each time they are dragged back into a court battle.”

Real “social justice,” the host added, will only be achieved when justice is truly blind.

The five attackers are Lemaricus Davidson, Letalvis Cobbins, George Thomas, Vanessa Coleman and Eric Boyd. All of the previous state convictions, except for Coleman’s, were allowed to stand and the defendants remain in prison pending appeals. Coleman had her sentence reduced by a third after a retrial.

Listen to the Newsom and Christian families speak out:

Parents of Tenn. Couple Horrifically Raped, Tortured, and Murdered Share Their Story with Glenn Beck – Here’s What They Want You to Know

The parents of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom, a young couple horrifically raped, tortured and murdered in Tennessee in 2007, have one message for parents: teach your kids to protect themselves, because the unthinkable can happen to anybody.
Glenn Beck has been drawing attention to the case on radio and television for the past several weeks, scolding the media that overlooked or failed to tell the whole story as either shielding themselves from the truth, or passing on a story that doesn’t fit an agenda.

On the Glenn Beck Program Tuesday night, Beck spent the entire hour with the victims’ parents, letting the family tell the story in its entirety.

Glenn Beck speaks to the parents of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom on The Blaze TV.
“Tonight’s story is beyond horrifying,” Beck said at the start of the show.  “It is proof that evil exists. But the part, also, that I think no one is showing you, is the proof that good actually exists. I believe the people we’re about to talk about are who America really is, who we are in our hearts. We are not brutal killers, but there are those brutal killers that live amongst us.”

Hugh and Mary Newsom, the parents of Christopher Newsom, and Gary and Deena Christian, the parents of Channon Christian, began by emphasizing that their children weren’t just murdered, they were tortured.

It all began when the children were carjacked in Knoxville Tennessee, in what the parents said wasn’t a bad area of town.

They described the assailants bad people who didn’t work, had no money, did nothing but sit around and smoke and sell drugs, then rob people for money and food. They had the mentality of, ‘I don’t need to work for it; I’ll just take what you’ve got.’” The ringleaders had been in prison before, and one of the attackers’ girlfriends actually participated in the attack.

After the carjacking, though, matters quickly escalated. The couple was taken to a house. Channon was horrifically raped and, not wanting to be discovered through their DNA, the attackers poured bleach down her throat. When they were done, her parents said, the attackers attempted to snap her neck, but didn’t actually kill her. “So they hog-tied her,” Channon’s parents said, stuffing her into five garbage bags and then in a trash can.

The coroners said, though, that she never lost consciousness throughout all of this, and you could tell from the way her hands were fixed in the trash can that she was trying to get out, but couldn’t breathe.

“She died in that garbage can,” they said.

Christopher’s parents said their son was taken to a railroad track. His ankles were tied with his own belt, and a sock was shoved in his mouth. He was forced to walk there naked, except for his underwear, because the men had taken everything else (one of the men was so desperate for Chris’ shoes that he forced his own feet into them, despite them being roughly three sizes too small).

The attackers tied him to a tree, raped him, beat him, and shot him three times, once in the back, neck, and head.

But they weren’t done, the parents said.

“Then they wrapped him up, and set him on fire.”

The parents said they can speak all day about how horrific the deaths were, but you can’t fully comprehend it until you see the pictures. They would haunt you “for the rest of your life,” they said.

“I haven’t slept for almost seven years, because all I can think about is those pictures,” one said.

Visibly shaken, Beck comforted the family with the reminder that “vengeance belongs to the Lord, and it will be swift and severe…The Lord’s justice will be absolute.”

Gary Christian says he doesn’t want to take the Lord’s vengeance away from him, he just “wants to be the man to send them to him.”

“As a father,” he continued slowly, “you better teach your children how to protect themselves. You can call it whatever you want to call it, but there are evil people out there that will hurt your daughter. They don’t care that it’s your daughter. They will hurt her beyond your comprehension. You better choose some method to teach her to protect herself….”

“The other thing is that our justice system is a total, complete joke,” he added. “What we had to go through to get some sort of justice for our children is as bad as the crime itself. Nobody should have to go through what we went through to get five guilty verdicts, and three of them are not even close to being what is just. Veritas aequitas. Truth and justice — there is none in the courthouse. You have to fight too hard and too long to get it.”


Channon Gail Christian, 21, and Hugh Christopher Newsom, Jr., 23.

From Comrade LMC:

Channon Christian (Date of Birth: April 29, 1985)

She attended U.T. University of Knoxville, Tennessee as a student and graduated from there. She started working in malls at a store in Knoxville, Tennessee. She had dream of getting married someday and she loves children. Christopher Newsom had just begun to date her. She loves her friends and family. She had a special saying to her family. “Love you more” and she always get the last word of love you more. She had a brother name, Chase Christian. He plays softballs and she went to every game he played. Her faith in God was strong.

Christopher Newsom (Date of Birth: September 21, 1983)

He attended Halls high school in Knoxville, Tennessee and he played softballs at Halls high school before graduating. Chris loves his nieces and nephews. Channon had just began to date him. Chris faith in God was strong. Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom was always friendly to anyone. They both believed in helping one another.

So let us remember how they live and not how they died.

Please go these Blog Posts to learn more:

1. The Case:

2. ‘Liberal Lies About the Death Penalty’ by Ashley Herzog


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