This is the fourth time I’ve written about the Jessica Chambers case — here, here, and here are the first three — in large part because it’s so hideous (young girl burned alive) and in large part because it appeals to every true crime dimension we all chase (horrific crime, before-their-time victim, series of rumors/potential clues, and possible corruption). I don’t know what happened. I don’t live in Mississippi. I’m not law enforcement. But there are a few things we seem to know, and perhaps we should be focusing on those elements now.
First off, the discussion around #JusticeForJessica online has gone off the rails a bit, i.e. tweets like this:
— Sandy (@mnlady52) January 5, 2015
I agree that Chris Christie and Jerry Jones is a relatively stupid national story, but I also don’t think CNN would cover the Jessica Chambers case without a little bit more new information. At this point, we don’t really seem to have that.
We do seem to have a bit, though.
Eric or Derek or Derrick: This appears to be what Jessica told the first responder.
Jessica Chambers Told First Responder She Was Killed By ‘Eric or Derrick’ http://t.co/oIGk4qgN6m
— Reagan Coalition (@ReaganCoalition) December 17, 2014
Even if you think she couldn’t talk — because she was on fire — or you think the timing and the overall situation with the first response is a little messed-up, well, you can still potentially agree that the words “Eric” or “Derrick” were likely involved somehow, because Derrick Turner was one of the first people questioned.
There’s an idea that Jessica Chambers’ most recent boyfriend was also named “Travo.” Per this series of tweets, it could be Travo Brown. That also may be inaccurate.
There’s also the possibility that it’s Eric Tavian Bibbs:
— StoptheBan! (@Anon4Chambers) December 21, 2014
Or Derrick Holmes:
— LJS (@LJS4247) December 17, 2014
Or Derrick Wright:
— StoptheBan! (@Anon4Chambers) January 5, 2015
Or Jerrick Todd:
… who has essentially accused the father, Ben Chambers, of doing it (more than once, it seems):
Regardless, if it’s 100 percent official to authorities that the name Eric/Derrick/Jerrick was said, anyone with those names should be the first people. “Dad” or “Ben” doesn’t sound like those words, even when in severe physical distress.
Roscoe: “Roscoe” is a person mentioned as someone last seen with Jessica Chambers. (So is a “Sedrick Wright,” which could sound like the names above.) It seems like Roscoe Speights, a potential “Roscoe,” scrubbed most of his Facebook after the murder of Chambers:
— StoptheBan! (@Anon4Chambers) December 31, 2014
There’s also a “Roscoe Pride:”
— StoptheBan! (@Anon4Chambers) December 29, 2014
(As you can see, it gets confusing with many similar or similarly-sounding names.)
Interracial Relationship: This is the final narrative thread here. It’s possible that this crime wasn’t committed by African-Americans on a white girl (Chambers), but rather by white supremacists to punish her for dating/sleeping with/possibly being pregnant by African-Americans. That theory is here. Take it for what you will.
A reason to question that?
Watch this video:
Scroll to about 50 seconds.
When the reporter asks how they know Jessica, George Mister says “a good friend” and Rachel Tutor appears to laugh/smirk at that.
TL:DR — Horrible crime and someone knows something. If you’re a person that does, get involved.