The Most Evil Person I've Ever Met, My Time in Prison with Lemaricus Davidson
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32 Degrees Publishing Presents: During my incarceration at West Tennessee State Prison in Henning,TN, I unknowingly lived a story which is now a book. Lemaricus "Slim" Davidson was my barber & grew to be my friend.When released from prison I turned my life around. Lemaricus only (5) months free committed the most heinous crime in Knoxville, TN last 100 years. R More
Lemaricus "Slim" Davidson during an initial interrogation said "I promised Channon Christian that she would live". Letalvis Cobbins took the stand and said "I had oral sex with Channon but I didn't kill her". George Thomas was recorded from a prison phone saying "They're the police let them figure it out" and Vanessa Coleman diary read "Had an adventurous weekend in the BIG TN".
I am not a hardcore criminal! Upon my arrival at West Tennessee State Penitentiary, I quickly learned that lesson. I had lived a street life, gotten caught up and locked up – one among thousands of African-American men.
A quick study, I also learned that minding your own business was a healthy choice in prison. I saw guys beaten, stabbed in their backs, sides, stomachs and heads, and I even heard the sounds of two getting raped, but it wasn’t any of my business.
I knew a few homeboys from back home in Memphis, TN, and I became friends with a couple of more through barber school and the basketball court. Lemaricus Devall Davidson was one of those guys. I spent countless hours playing basketball and Lemaricus was right there with me. Inmates lift weights, draw, write poetry and play chess or checkers. Lemaricus and I did some of those things as well, but mostly we played basketball.
Fast forward: It’s a couple of years after I was released from prison and "Slim" as other inmates and I knew him, popped up on my television screen as breaking news on CNN. He had been captured in connection with the carjacking, kidnapping, torture, double rape and murder of a Knoxville, TN couple, Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom.
I could not help but think of his upbringing, things he had told me about his life. His father had been an absentee and his mother was a crack addict. Factoring in that he had been adopted by a white couple, this story took on an evil life of it's own.
Slim's actions made me label him intentionally, singularly and correctly for what he turned out to be, and that is “The Most Evil Person That I’ve Ever Met.”