Christians, Newsoms interviewed by Glenn Beck

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Mary and Hugh Newsom, and Gary and Deena Christian appeared Tuesday on Glenn Beck's program. (source: The Blaze) Mary and Hugh Newsom, and Gary and Deena Christian appeared Tuesday on Glenn Beck's program. (source: The Blaze)
Hugh and Mary Newsom say they are thankful for the national attention. Hugh and Mary Newsom say they are thankful for the national attention.
"Anything getting the word out about what happened to Channon and Chris and the fiasco that went with it is important," said Gary Christian. "Anything getting the word out about what happened to Channon and Chris and the fiasco that went with it is important," said Gary Christian.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The parents of murder victims Channon Christian and Chris Newsom say they are happy to share their message on a national stage.

The couples were interviewed Tuesday by Glenn Beck for his radio and online shows.

Beck invited them after a caller asked earlier this month why the murders of Chris Newsom and Channon Christian have been ignored in light of other national murder cases.

Beck looked into it and aired a segment about the murders. Chris Newsom and Channon Christian were raped, tortured and murdered in 2007.

Upon their return Tuesday night the parents said they had not seen the interview yet. They say there was a lot to tell in less than 45 minutes.

"We didn't really have enough time to tell what we wanted," Mary Newsom said.

A good portion of the show going over the details of the horrific crimes. Many in East Tennessee are familiar with those details, but Beck said they were ignored by national media.

The story brought tears to the eyes of host Glenn Beck as he asked Gary Christian about the final phone call from his daughter.

"Can I ask you something? As a father, how many times have you replayed that phone call?" Beck said while choking back tears.

"Every day for the last seven years," Deena Christian said.

After a long pause, Gary Christian replied, "Eight to ten times day."

The families say they were thankful to Beck for the opportunity.

"We met a very nice fella today, Glenn Beck. He was very sincere, very genuine," Hugh Newsom said after landing back in Knoxville.

The couples say they also feel the national media never gave their children's case the type of attention it gives others.

"I would love to have Good Morning America come and tell the story of Chris and Channon just like they did the young man in Florida. I think that would only be fair," Gary Christian said.

The families plan to continue to tell the story to keep the memory of Chris and Channon alive.

"This was an opportunity we seized," Hugh Newsom said. "We traveled 1,500 miles to tell our story and if someone wants to talk to us tomorrow we'll travel another 1,500 miles."

The interview can be viewed on Beck's website, The Blaze.

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