July 4, 2010
A True Washington Murder Mystery By Scott Higham and Sari Horwitz Scribner. 287 pp. $26 Reviewed by Derrick Nunnally It's been just nine years since Chandra Levy disappeared, touching off a search that exposed the scandal of an affair between a promiscuous congressman and the 24-year-old congressional intern. That the incident can seem further in the past owes much to timing. Its run in the national headlines ended with the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and resumed briefly when her bones turned up in a Washington park in May 2002.
July 24, 2001 |
The country has been inundated with news about Chandra Levy, the missing Washington intern. Coverage has seemed almost nonstop on cable-TV news, and the story has been Topic A on the chat shows. Even Dan Rather of CBS, who had resisted covering what he considered a tabloid story, had to let his news show include a summary of the search for Levy and the initial reluctance of Rep. Gary Condit, D.-Calif., to help Washington police by telling them about his last meetings with her. The relentless, sensational coverage might make observers despair about the tastes and values of the American public.
May 28, 2002 |
Skeletal remains found Wednesday morning in Washington's Rock Creek Park were identified as those of Chandra Levy, 24, a former government intern who disappeared on May 1, 2001. It's been 13 months. What can forensic scientists really tell us about her manner of death? Possibly, quite a lot. The investigation will proceed on two levels, one in the morgue and the other where she was found, and both parts will take into account her final known activities. It's not clear yet if she was murdered, but the case will nevertheless be treated as a potential crime.
May 2, 2002
Unfortunately, we don't really expect to hear anything, you know, from one day to the next because it's been so long that we haven't heard anything . . . You know, we hope to. We hope to get a call saying they found her and she's alive and, you know, she'll be back. . . . Every day, you wake up in the morning and ... it's the same thing. She's not - we don't have her, we don't know, and we've got to go through another day. - Robert Levy, father of Chandra Levy, "Larry King Live," CNN, April 30 (Chandra Levy has been missing for one year)
August 31, 2001
MICHAEL Bowman (letter Aug. 28): What was the purpose of your letter? I assume you knew Chandra Levy to be able to call her a "trollop or of low character. " But if you didn't know her and still insist on calling her a trollop- then, Mr. Bowman, I believe you are the one with the low character. Maggie Betancourt, Philadelphia
January 18, 2002
WITH A thousand suspects and no arrests, and news releases that indicate that damned near every third human being is a terrorist, I anticipate being advised that bin Laden is a fictional character, his portrait being circulated is actually Bill Clinton clad in black beard and trophy panties upon his dome, that Monica Lewinsky will become a White House prayer-posture instructor and that Gary Condit got Chandra Levy a job with a World Trade Center Towers...
August 26, 2001 |
There were no bombshells. During his interview with ABC's Connie Chung, Gary Condit revealed next to nothing of his relationship with intern Chandra Levy. He was caught in no lies. He never visibly stumbled. His lawyers are, no doubt, pleased with his performance. But Condit did show something else, something any mother can detect in the eyes of her child: fear. Gary Condit looked scared. Sometimes the trace of fear showed just for an instant, and then the cool demeanor returned.
June 22, 2001 |
A lawyer for the parents of a missing California woman yesterday urged Rep. Gary A. Condit to tell police anything that could help determine what happened to her. "We would ask Congressman Condit and anybody else with information to come forward and please cooperate with police," lawyer Billy Martin said in the case of Chandra Levy, who has not been seen in seven weeks. Levy, 24, of Modesto, disappeared a few days after finishing an internship with the federal Bureau of Prisons in Washington.
August 28, 2001
ON MY WAY to work the other morning, I heard several radio programs talking about Gary Condit's interview with Connie Chung. Many callers were upset because Condit did not say the things they thought he should have said or things they wanted to hear. If there is anyone out there who thought that he was going spill the beans to Connie, they were sadly mistaken. From the very first day that Condit agreed to do the interview, his handlers were prepping him with answers to the questions.
July 26, 2001 |
The FBI will be asking the questions when Rep. Gary A. Condit (D., Calif.) is next interviewed about Chandra Levy, the missing intern with whom he reportedly had an affair, law enforcement officials close to the case said yesterday. The FBI yesterday also renewed the questioning of residents of the apartment building from which Levy disappeared May 1, reported a resident who asked not to be identified. Washington's Metropolitan Police Department questioned the residents earlier.