Active Crime Investigation Docu-Series “Unspeakable Crime: The Killing of Jessica Chambers,” Examines the Murder of Mississippi Teen who was Burned Alive
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"Unspeakable Crime: The Killing of Jessica Chambers" Premieres Saturday, September 15 at 7 PM on Oxygen
Oxygen media takes a deep dive into the horrific December 2014 murder of Jessica Chambers, the Mississippi teen who was doused with gasoline and set on fire, in this active crime investigation docu-series. Inspired by the reporting of BuzzFeed News’ Investigative Reporter, Katie J.M. Baker, and directed by Emmy Award®-winning and Academy Award®-nominated Joe Berlinger, the five-part series explores the murder of 19-year-old Chambers and takes an inside look into the trial of Quinton Tellis, a local black man accused of the crime. With tensions high, a small Mississippi town seeks the truth while facing a growing racial divide over guilt or innocence.
The investigation of Chambers’ murder reveals this small-town cheerleader was a good girl with many secrets. However, the search for justice takes a turn when the authorities charge Tellis, who fiercely maintains his innocence, causing racial tensions to escalate in this rural community that’s suddenly thrust into the national spotlight. The series documents the shocking jury decision of Tellis’ trial earlier this year, and what lies ahead for the Tellis and Chambers families in the upcoming re-trial.
In addition, “Unspeakable Crime: The Killing of Jessica Chambers,” unfolds one of the most talked-about cases on the internet with unprecedented access to Chamber’s family members, including her parents, Lisa Daugherty and Ben Chambers; Tellis’ mother, Rebecca Tellis, and sister, Laqunta Tellis; the first responders who may have heard Chambers utter her killer’s name; BuzzFeed News’ Baker, who reported Jessica Chambers’ story and the frenzy behind an army of online armchair detectives trying to help find her killer; local journalist Therese Apel; and legal analyst Beth Karas, who has covered the case and trial extensively. But one question remains unanswered: Is the right man on trial—or is a murderer on the loose?
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UPCOMING EPISODES: Saturday, September 15 at 7PM: Who Killed Jessica Chambers? When 19-year-old Jessica Chambers is set on fire inside her car and burned to death, the question of who did it quickly becomes a nationwide obsession all while wreaking havoc on a small Mississippi town. Saturday, September 22 at 7PM: A Dying Declaration As the trial unfolds, shocking testimony from first responders reveals that Jessica uttered a dying declaration that may spawn new leads. Saturday, September 29 at 7PM: An Issue of Black and White? As the defense continues to poke holes in the prosecution’s theory, many wonder if the right man is on trial, all while racial tensions in the town are thrust into the national spotlight. Saturday, October 6 at 7PM: The Prosecution’s Theory The prosecution presents its star witnesses and includes intense interrogation tapes and complex cell phone data that give the trial an unexpected turn. Saturday, October 13 at 7PM: Chaos in the Courtroom The jurors hear closing arguments, and as deliberations begin, the judge’s instructions appear to confuse the jury and create total chaos in the courtroom.