Was Jessica Chambers Murder a Gang Initiation?

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A twenty-seven year old black man has been indicted by a Mississippi grand jury in the death of Jessica Chambers. He is a gang member, but police officials say they do not think Jessica Chambers’ murder was gang related. This same man was arrested for using the bank card of another woman who was found dead.

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How often does rumor become fact? When Jessica Chambers died on 12/7/14, rumors were swirling around from more than one source that it was gang related? Rumors are not normally worth the time it takes to enter them in the computer, but this one may be different.

After the murder, the FBI started investigating gangs, and this week arrested 17 gang members in the general area of where Jessica Chambers was murdered. There should be more arrests.

The FBI says the arrests were not related to Jessica’s murder, but for other crimes ranging from minor to mid-major. Why would the FBI investigate gangs here? Considering the population in that area, surely it can not be the crime capital of gang activity in the country. They must have put some credence in the rumor that Jessica’s murder was gang related.

The FBI is not talking about it, but here’s my theory. It was a gang initiation. This was no normal murder, if there is such a thing. Read the original story below. This was one of the most heinous of crimes ever committed by one or more vicious individuals against a human being. Courtland, the small town where Jessica lived, where everybody knew everybody, has not had one person to come forward in this length of time to say Jessica had one enemy.

You would think simply killing a person would be initiation enough to get into a gang. But you must remember it is the gang leader, and not some committee, who makes the decision about what will constitute a proper initiation ritual.

The pictures available up to now show all blacks involved, although I have not seen pictures of all 17 arrested. In Mississippi no white is going to be in a black gang. Let me repeat that—In Mississippi. The gang leader may have had a deep-seated hatred for white folks because of what happened to him along his treacherous path when he was growing up.

Then the gang leader singles out Jessica, and declares it will not be an ordinary death. It will be a  death no one ever forgets, and it was his decision of how to do it. The gang leader declares that he will be famous among gangs, that he dared to kill a white, defenseless  girl to prove his leadership is beyond any other leadership, even in the big cities like Los Angeles, etc.

Yes, I repeat, read the original story below, and tell me I’m wrong. Tell me you’ve read about a murder like this before. You haven’t.

Original story below written on 2/26/15

Here is the information about the Mississippi teen Jessica Chambers, 19, who was set on fire on December 6th, and died the next day in a Memphis hospital.

I say information, because only the police know all of the facts, and for good reasons will not release them. They are still looking for the killer.

Here is the timeline of Jessica according to what is available now. She left home in Courtland, Mississippi around five o’clock on Saturday night December 6th. She drove two miles to a convenience store where she was well-known. When she arrived at the store, someone spoke to her out of video surveillance range. She walked over and talked to them.

She then put $14 worth of gas in her Kia (she usually got only $5 worth), told the owner who knew her she had some place to go, and left. $14 of gas in a Kia would give you at least 150 or 160 miles, and more if she still had gas in her car when she stopped for the $14 of gas.

Around 6 o’clock she’s in Batesville, Mississippi, about five miles from Courtland, stays about 15 minutes, and returns to Courtland by 6:30. Police may know who she visited in Batesville, but that info has not been released, and whom she may have visited in Courtland when she returned.

There has been speculation she was at the scene where she was burned at 7:30, although the only confirmed info is that some motorist saw her at 8:15. Somebody called the paramedics. Whether it was this motorist is unclear. This location was only about a mile from the convenience store where she bought the $14 worth of gas.

According to info, she had been forced to swallow accelerant, and was doused with accelerant and set on fire, as was her car. She must have been staggering around when the paramedics arrived, and more than one report has her whispering some name, not known whether it was first or last name or both, to one of the paramedics, which, if so, he/she passed along to the police, the police haven’t confirmed that.

There has been all sorts of speculation on the Internet, making it appear as a simple crime to solve. I’m certain the Panola County Sheriff’s Office, the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, and the FBI are doing everything to solve the murder. How anyone outside of them thinks they know who did it is ridiculous, unless it is the person who did it, or somebody who heard the person who did it say they did it.

Jessica was by all accounts the All-American girl. She had been a cheerleader at South Panola High School in Batesville. In case South Panola High School sounds familiar, it may be because of their football team. Since 1993, they have won 11 state championships, four of those after moving up from class 5A to 6A. They’ve been runner-up four times.

Police have been criticized because Jessica’s hometown of Courtland has only about 450 people, and in this length of time, they could have talked to everyone there. It’s not quite that simple. Batesville where she went to high school has about 7,500 people. Police can’t talk to all of them. And, as previously mentioned, she was in Batesville briefly on that fateful Saturday night.

Jessica’s car was burned badly, to the extent it looks like an accelerant had to be used before it was sat on fire. Once the fire reached the gas in the tank, the burning increased significantly. There might have been an explosion, although it was in proximity of somebody hearing that, and no such report exists.

If one looks at a picture of the car, the fire seems to have started toward the front of the car. But the authorities have some of the best fire experts in the country, and they know the sequence of the burn.

I’m sure the authorities have gone over every clue ten or twenty times. Every detail time and again. Sometimes a very small detail or clue turns out to be the one that solves the case.

Crime solving often comes down to common sense, and not overlooking anything, which we as humans sometimes do. More than one cold case has been solved by a re-examination of all info years later, and a different eye sees a different detail others did not notice in the initial investigation. That does not mean the initial investigators did not do their job. They did the best they could at the time.

Here’s a possible detail I imagine the investigators may have already examined, one that would have been best utilized on December 7th, the day after the crime. It might still not be valid because people’s memories sometimes do not stretch out to recall this. There is a possibility any store might still have the info in their computer-connected cash registers, because that info is used to re-inventory.

The accelerant Jessica was forced to swallow may have been lighter fluid. That being the case, the accelerant sprayed on her body was probably lighter fluid. Lighter fluid for a cigarette lighter comes in a small can. Lighter fluid used to start a fire in a grill would have been in a larger can, but questionable as to whether it was large enough to spread all over Jessica’s car. That would seem to call for gasoline.

We’re talking early December here. Outside activity such as grilling, blowing off a driveway, using a chain saw, etc. would not have been as prevalent as in the summer. College football games would have been winding down until the upcoming bowl games, but there still might have been a number of people watching them, and not engaging in outside activities.

How many stores sold lighter fluid on that Saturday and in what quantity? How many people brought gas cans on that day and filled them up at service stations or convenience stores? Criminals are frequently not the geniuses of detail TV makes them out to be in the TV crime cases. They often do not plan significantly ahead.

Again, this is a possibility that may have already been checked. I do find it a detail that might not normally be considered.

No one deserves to die like Jessica. Her killer or killers should die the same way.

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