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May 27, 2007
THE KNOXVILLE NEWS-SENTINEL OFFERS FACTS VS. FICTION in the Channon Christian / Christopher Newsom murders. Excerpt:
# Fiction: Christian was held captive four days.
# Fact: Christian was dead within 24 hours of the kidnapping.
# Fiction: Christian's breasts were cut off and Newsom's penis severed.
# Fact: Neither Christian nor Newsom was mutilated, although both suffered tearing injuries from being repeatedly raped.
# Fiction: Christian was dismembered and placed in five separate trash bags.
# Fact: Christian's intact body was wrapped in trash bags and dumped in a large garbage can.
# Fiction: Acid was poured down Christian's throat.
# Fact: A cleaning solution was poured in Christian's mouth in an apparent attempt to wash away DNA evidence.
# Fiction: The slaying suspects allegedly targeted white people.
# Fact: The slaying suspects have told authorities they targeted Christian's Toyota 4Runner.
The truth seems bad enough. And here's more on the story and how it's been played.
UPDATE: Related thoughts here.