White girl burned to death in 2014, no one charged 1 year later
Jessica Chambers, 19, was burned alive on December 6, 2014 in Courtland, Mississippi. She reportedly told authorities who did it in her dying words. It took until a few days ago for the FBI to make 17 arrests…but they didn’t charge any of the black thugs with her murder. They are hoping pressure on the gang members will bring about an arrest.
Operation Bite Back
In an anti-gang operation called “Operation Bite Back,” the FBI arrested 17 alleged members of the “Gangster Disciples.”
The Clarion-Ledger reported,
Officials say the operation focuses on Panola County and is a byproduct of the deep investigation that has come through the probe into the death of Jessica Chambers, a 19-year-old woman burned alive on Dec. 6, 2014, in Courtland. Just after 8 p.m., Chambers was doused with gasoline and set on fire in her car next to the gate to private land on Herron Road. She got out of the car and was found on the road with burns over most of her body. She died hours later at a hospital in Memphis.
Panola County Sheriff Dennis Darby said Tuesday’s arrests are not directly related to Chambers’ death but to information gathered as authorities have interviewed more than 150 people and sorted through more than 20,000 phone records trying to find her killer.
Gangs? Someone she knew?
None of the 17 people arrested were charged with her murder. Yet authorities said that she gave the name of her attacker before lapsing into consciousness and dying. They are hoping that with pressure, one of these 17 thugs will cough up the name of the killer.
She survived long enough to tell police who had fatally burned her before she died at a hospital in Memphis, Tenn., some 50 miles north of the rural community. Police told the woman’s family that the attacker likely bashed Chambers in the head before pouring fuel down her nose and throat and lighting her on fire.
Someone climbed inside her car, poured lighter fluid down her throat, doused her with gasoline and set her ablaze.
A Facebook page was created in her honor, in hopes that someone will come forward with information that can help charge the individual or individuals with her death.
Her dying declaration of the perpetrator should be admissible in a court of law, though there are often restrictions.
People magazine has her case on the cover of their latest issue. They reported,
Jessica’s case frightened everyone in her tiny town of just 500 residents and made neighbors and friends suspicious of one another – and frightened. A reward of $54,000 has been offered to anyone for information that leads to an arrest in the case and more than 155,000 Facebook users have “liked” the Justice for Jessica page.
This is a particularly horrifying case. We hope that the FBI will be able to pull together a case on her killer soon.