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Coming Attractions: Who Killed Chandra Levy?

POSTED: 11:33 AM ET, 07/11/2008 by The Editors

Here's a preview of The Washington Post's next investigative project, which we will publish in the coming days:

The murder of Chandra Levy is one of Washington's most famous unsolved crimes. Many people, including police and prosecutors, initially suspected that a congressman might be involved in her disappearance. For years, it has been a cold case. Now, a year-long Post investigation reveals new information showing that critical leads were ignored, allowing a killer to get away with murder. The investigation, based on dozens of interviews with top police officials and other key figures, and thousands of pages of documents, will unfold in a 12-chapter serial plus an epilogue.

Throughout the series, this blog will feature a daily update and preview of the next chapter from the reporters. Stay tuned.

By The Editors |  July 11, 2008; 11:33 AM ET Chandra Levy , D.C. Region
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This is good--the person responsible for Chandra Levy's disappearance needs to be brought to justice.

I still suspect foul play related to the Congressman...however, if he was at all involved, either directly or through a team of thugs--he will face his maker one day.

Posted by: skyecat | July 11, 2008 3:19 PM

My money was on Gary Condit's wife, but the gay, black motorcycle gang angle certainly added spice!

Posted by: Paul | July 11, 2008 4:57 PM

"This is good--the person responsible for Chandra Levy's disappearance needs to be brought to justice.

I still suspect foul play related to the Congressman...however, if he was at all involved, either directly or through a team of thugs--he will face his maker one day.

Posted by: skyecat | July 11, 2008 3:19 PM"

If it hadn't been for the World's Dumbest now and former cops, the RNC, The Post,the skyecats, the TV Voyeurs and Provocateurs and the Levy Family being more interested in picking up another Republican Seat then finding Chandra, the killer would have been caught.

Monte Haun mchaun@hotmail.com

Posted by: Monte Haun | July 11, 2008 8:16 PM

First it was Bill Clinton's seduction by Monica Lewinsky.

Then Condit's spectacular blunder with Chandra Levy.

Now here comes Beth "I like to say Michelle Obama will be first lady, but I will always be first colleague" Noymer Levine to the Obama Campaign.

It's like Deja Vu all over again.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=92337754

Monte Haun mchaun@hotmail.com

Posted by: Monte Haun | July 11, 2008 8:46 PM

Didn't you douches in the press already decide it was Condit? No real evidence, mind you, you just decided.

Go with that. You'll still be douches, but at least you'll be consistent douches.

Of course, if someone is willing to give thousands of dollars to the school to which Woodward sends his spawn, that person can decide what Woodward will end up saying. We know that to be true.

How many years did it take for him to become corrupted? Who can say? Why isn't he completely expunged from the paper yet?

Posted by: Ducky | July 11, 2008 9:40 PM

I am looking forward to these articles, only about 7 years too late. She lived across the hall from me. I never once saw Gary Condit and agree that the Levy's had ulterior motives in ruining his career.

Posted by: Dianne in DC | July 12, 2008 11:36 AM

The wife, they struggled and accidently she fell and hurt her head. The goons, got rid of her body. It was the wife, it wasn't planned, nor was it premeditated. Never date a married man... They can't be trusted. If they will cheat on their wife, they are no good and aren't worth the time of day, you will give them. Nothing but loser's date married people.

Posted by: janeyre | July 12, 2008 4:23 PM

Sad for anyone to die, but come on, how many disappearances of a brother from southeast DC garner this much attention? To many of my dc taxpayer police man hours were put into this case because of the media.

Everyone blames ramsey, etc for this, but please don't come down on the poor man and the dc police force for something fueled by a media circus.

Posted by: benzotim | July 12, 2008 10:38 PM

I could never figure this out. Chandra Levy left the house with only her keys. When people go jogging, they only take their keys. Neighbors and family could confirm that she was a jogger. Why didn't the police follow that lead from the beginning?

They would have found her body early enough to gather evidence from it and the crime scene.

Posted by: mwelch | July 13, 2008 3:03 AM

I could never figure this out. Chandra Levy left the house with only her keys. When people go jogging, they only take their keys. Neighbors and family could confirm that she was a jogger. Why didn't the police follow that lead from the beginning?

They would have found her body early enough to gather evidence from it and the crime scene.

Posted by: mtw0310 | July 13, 2008 3:05 AM

I could never figure this out. Chandra Levy left the house with only her keys. When people go jogging, they only take their keys. Neighbors and family could confirm that she was a jogger. Why didn't the police follow that lead from the beginning?

They would have found her body early enough to gather evidence from it and the crime scene.

Posted by: mtw0310 | July 13, 2008 3:05 AM

I could never figure this out. Chandra Levy left the house with only her keys. When people go jogging, they only take their keys. Neighbors and family could confirm that she was a jogger. Why didn't the police follow that lead from the beginning?

They would have found her body early enough to gather evidence from it and the crime scene.

Posted by: mtw0310 | July 13, 2008 3:05 AM

I could never figure this out. Chandra Levy left the house with only her keys. When people go jogging, they only take their keys. Neighbors and family could confirm that she was a jogger. Why didn't the police follow that lead from the beginning?

They would have found her body early enough to gather evidence from it and the crime scene.

Posted by: mtw0310 | July 13, 2008 3:05 AM

I could never figure this out. Chandra Levy left the house with only her keys. When people go jogging, they only take their keys. Neighbors and family could confirm that she was a jogger. Why didn't the police follow that lead from the beginning?

They would have found her body early enough to gather evidence from it and the crime scene.

Posted by: mtw0310 | July 13, 2008 3:05 AM

A year-long investigation? A 12 part series? Wow. Seven years in the making.
Look out Fox, here comes the Post.
If only Woodward and his acolytes had applied such due diligence to, oh, let's say anything from the run-up to Irag, the US Attorney firings, the sweetheart deals for war contracts and Katrina corruption...ah, but those might have pissed off the powers-in-charge which might mean no more invitations to those Beltway bashes.
And this still called "journalism". Marketing is a more accurate description for this story and so many others.
Ah, well. Maybe the Post will sell out to Murdoch and get it over with.

Posted by: R B Shea | July 13, 2008 10:59 AM

This is an ill-advised use of the Post's resources. Perhaps you could assign some more folks to the national security beat? I mean, hey, you certainly didn't get it right the first time. Maybe it's hard being a journalist -- not quite an academic, not quite an entertainer -- but with all the arrogance of the former and the cowardice of the latter. I am ashamed that the Post is the journal of record for America's seat of government.

Posted by: Jason Stenar Clark | July 13, 2008 12:39 PM

You all dont know what you're talking about. Levy had some interesting associations: she was an intern in the bureau of prisons while mcveigh was there, and oversaw access to him.

There's more than meets the eye.

Or how about this: Condit was a senior member on the House Intelligence Committee in the months and years prior to the September 11. What did/didn't he know?

Was Levy a Mossad agent?

Posted by: viewers | July 13, 2008 7:39 PM

You've fully covered every freaking scandal involving the current Administration and your reporters are bored?

Posted by: Disgusted | July 14, 2008 10:53 AM

Loose Lips of the City Paper did it just to have a story!

Posted by: Dick Tracy | July 14, 2008 11:06 AM

Was Levy a Mossad agent?

Posted by: viewers | July 13, 2008 7:39 PM

BINGO!

Posted by: Citizen | July 14, 2008 12:48 PM

As a life-long member of Espionage, I am glad that the timing has come to the fore on this matter, for it represents something FAR GREATER than the average person would see at the surface.
As Condit's "Sexual Political Disposal Service For Hire" gets out, it will result in the LARGEST VOTER TURNOUT IN AMERICAN HISTORY.
How can I know this? For in that my entire US Army Military Career, 30 years of it, has been dedicated to going to ground with what I witnessed them do, how they did it, and who they did it for, back then - And then to independently "Shout it from the rooftops," now.
Of course, there were other major secrets to keep, too.
But that timing is now nigh, and the proof is at:
www.rickhyatt.freeservers.com, where you can see my Espionage Album, and also at http://www.flickr.com/photos/27929255@N05/sets/72157606110325832/comments/ where I have a Condit-Specific Album that gets even deeper.
I think the Washington Post articles, to be followed by ones about Jonbennet Ramsey, are just a way of getting the American People "Warmed up."

Posted by: Rick A Hyatt | July 14, 2008 1:29 PM

Chandra Levy is a "coming ATTRACTION" ?? !!

Personally I always wondered why Condit had such a big smile on his face whenever he was on camera. He sure must have been relieved when bigger news got him off the screen.

But right now why isn't Karl Rove's precipitate departure from the country interesting to you?

Or John McCain's flap-driven flippity-floppity?

Or US troops holding little children hostage in Iraqi villages to make the adults turn themselves in. (For what crime? Being alive?)

Does anybody ever stop to ask how eagerly Americans would welcome foriegn soldiers rescuing them from tyrannical presidents?

What is the difference between a suicide bomber and a bomb dropped from the air?
Oh, right - the suicide bomber dies too. The pilot probably comes back in one piece to do it again tomorrow.

Tell me again what is the definition of terror?

For a second back there on 9/11 when Bush said he was going to eliminate terrorism I thought he would stop US funding of the Irish Republican Army - those neat guys who shot the kneecaps off of their own folks who had matured enough to want to stop playing cowboys and indians. Thinking is free.

And the best the WaPo can do is distract us from the real thing with a breathtaking coming atttraction about Chandra Levy.

I had hoped better from you.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 14, 2008 2:46 PM

Barbara Olson wrote the book on Hillary Clinton, HELL TO PAY. Barbara was hot on the trail of bad boy Congressman Gary Condit (D-Calif.), who was under suspicion in the disappearance of his intern & love interest, Chandra Levy. Two months after Chandra vanished, Condit got interdicted while depositing a leather Tag Heuer watch container in an Old Town, Alexandria, VA, Safeway store dumpster. A fifteen-foot brick wall surrounds that trash receptacle. The Safeway at 500 S. Royal St. is located about six miles one-way from Condit's then Washington, DC, address; but only three blocks from James Carville's residence. Barbara Olson was Los Angeles bound, aboard American Airlines Flight 77, as a guest on Bill Maher's popular TV show, Politically Incorrect. Flight 77 was hijacked and flown into the Pentagon. Date: September 11, 2001. Chandra Levy's remains were found May 22, 2002 in Rock Creek Park. Gary Condit kept his seat on the Intelligence Committee, but lost his subsequent bid for re-election.

Dead Drop: Prearranged hidden location for depositing and picking up messages and money in a clandestine manner, without the parties involved being present at the same time. According to the married Condit, a female admirer gave him the Tag Heuer timepiece. Gary Condit crossed the Potomac River from the District of Columbia to Alexandria, Virginia to dispose of the zippered case in a more than secure location, but kept the wristwatch. "The Clinton years might seem like a long national nightmare of scandal, sleaze, and ruthless acquisition of power. Hillary herself is the link from the excesses of the Watergate staff, to the Whitewater fiasco, to the abuses of executive power, to the defense of her husband's perjury and obstruction of justice. But now it is Hillary's turn. The Clinton era is far from over and Hillary's ambitions far from satisfied," wrote Barbara Olson.

Again, this is but a smattering of the political climate in which Chandra Levy lived. Ms. Levy's criminal justice training may also have predisposed her to trust individuals with a law enforcement background. And, Hillary Clinton has typically had more than a few of these types in her employ. Besides, the DNC could ill afford to lose Gary Condit's congressional seat. There would be no more Monica Lewinskys; no more blue dresses. Monica Lewinsky was plain fortunate. Similarities abound, but some would rather put forth that space aliens abducted Chandra Levy than ever consider the real actors, with real means, real motives, and real opportunities. Difference between Fort Marcy Park and Rock Creek Park: couple of miles as the crow flies. To borrow a phrase from Bill Clinton, "It ought to make the bells go off in your head:" http://theseedsof9-11.com

Posted by: Peggy McGilligan | July 15, 2008 7:26 PM

The Levy story is fascinating, but I read all this stuff in the press 7 years ago. It is a well-known story that belongs in Book World, like so many of your staff writer exposes in recent years. Why must the public suffer your newspaper's outrageous hubris and use of valuable news space to advertise yet another bid for a Pulitzer by your staff?

More to the point, if Chandra Levy had been a young black girl--like hundreds of other missing and unsolved murder victims who are citizens of the District instead of politically connected white folks from California--would the WashPost pay three staff writers a fulltime salary to write a book and print it in 12 separate installments on Page One A?! I don't think so....

Posted by: B Douglas | July 16, 2008 9:17 PM

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