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On January 7, 2007, Channon Christian, 21, and Christopher Newsom, 23, were kidnapped, beaten, tortured, raped, and murdered in one of the most heart-wrenching and purely evil crimes in my memory. The fifth person to be tried in relation to these heinous crimes was found guilty Tuesday, August 13, 2019.
The details of what this promising young couple endured are unspeakable and have left a lasting mark not just on their friends and families but on all of us who are familiar with the case. I wrote an extensive post about the case on the 10th Anniversary of the murders, 10 Years Later: The Brutal Murders of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom.
But I remember those names, and the tears that were brought to my eyes when I heard about what happened to them.
On January 7, 2007, the young white couple—Channon was 21, her boyfriend Chris was 23—was abducted, beaten, raped, tortured, and murdered. Chris eventually shot to death before being set on fire, and Channon left to die with a plastic bag over her head in a trash can. The perpetrators were all black.
If you have not heard their story, it’s because the racial nature of that black-on-white crime was uncomfortable for the national media a decade ago. Even now, it’s uncomfortable, as the delayed and reluctant coverage of the Chicago tortures showed.
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