Wednesday, January 12, 2005

REMEMBER CHANDRA LEVY?

You're probably thinking, "Oh yeah...I remember that case now," but if you're like most Americans, any concern over the missing (and later discovered to be deceased) Washington intern vanished into the ether after a little incident on September 11th.

Chandra Levy disappeared in May of 2001, and her remains were found in May 2002 in Rock Creek Park in Northwest Washington, about four miles from her Dupont Circle apartment.

But today's Washington Post brings the story back:

Former representative Gary A. Condit denied in a court deposition having had a "romantic relationship" with slain intern Chandra Levy, a statement that was challenged yesterday by Levy's family. Condit's denial came during a pretrial deposition he gave in September as part of an $11 million defamation lawsuit he filed against author Dominick Dunne, who has suggested that Condit was involved in Levy's death.

In summer of 2001, I remember talking with friends about Chandra Levy on the beaches of Fire Island. It soon after her disappearance, and one of the NY dailies had printed artists' renderings of what Levy might have looked like with different hairstyles, if for some reason she was alive and in disguise. Whenever a Jewish-looking woman walked down the beach, or bicycled along the roads of Ocean Beach, we jokingly speculated that it was just Chandra, on vacation. At one point, my friends, all Jewish women of varying hairstyles who could have been Chandra in wigs, turned to each other--maybe one of us was Chandra Levy, and we didn't even know it!

We continued to riff, on the hairstyle pictures mostly, because none of us thought she would be found dead in the park. The other "intern story," the then only-recently concluded Monica Lewinsky affair, had concluded in embarrassment, SNL skits and impeachment, but not death.

And then, like America, we forgot all about her, and focused on national pain, and missing persons flyers that peppered our neighborhoods like obscene confetti. Months later, we were shocked when Levy was found dead, but a lot of the shock came from the fact that we had totally forgotten about the case.

On TV, Law & Order figures it out in under an hour. In real life, it takes longer. No one knows what happened. Gary Condit either did or didn't have an affair with her. Even if the two were involved romantically, such an affair doesn't necessarily mean Condit murdered her. No one's any closer to finding out.

As a single woman living in the big City--albeit closer to Columbus Circle and Central Park than to Dupont Circle and Rock Creek Park--I'm disturbed by the lack of resolution. Maybe Chandra made poor choices in love or location, or maybe she was a victim of random violence. Her family went through the wringer--Chandra was reported missing in the aftermath of the joke that was the Lewinsky scandal, was missing without a trace for over a year, a year that included the emotional devastation of 9/11. And now it's possible that her family will never have the closure of knowing what happened or why. And that's a tragedy, all over again.

My heart goes out to them, and prays for justice so that they can move on toward long-awaited closure.

6 Comments:

At 5:50 PM, January 12, 2005, Blogger Yaron said...

We may never know, but if I had to guess I'd say Condit was responsible. It's pretty clear that they had an affair, he was never very forthcoming, and he came off sort of cold-blooded. I think he's lucky he never got charged.

 
At 11:10 PM, January 12, 2005, Blogger Stephen said...

How can one Chandra be so Levy?

 
At 5:38 AM, January 16, 2005, Blogger Madonna said...

I actually helped run chandralevy.com for 18 months, and kept up with the case quite a bit until it pretty much completely disappeared from the news in June 2002 (shortly after she was found).

I think Condit knows who the hell killed her - either he had someone do it, or knows who did it and doesn't want to speak. While he's an arrogant jerk, I don't think he has the guts to kill a bug, much less another person...

That being said, I do have an issue with him denying the affair in a deposition, considering the fact he not only admitted it to the police, but from what I hear admitted it in a short film that was shown in the Modesto area in 2003.

If he is indeed involved in her murder, then he is an idiot for suing Dunne. In a lawsuit for slander/libel, the defendant can easily turn the case around onto the plaintiff - if the defendent can prove he's telling the truth, not only will the plaintiff lose, but should he ever be found to be involved and criminally charged, it could blow up in his face in a criminal case.

Either Condit is telling the truth about not being involved in the murder, or he's more arrogant than I thought... I do know I am bothered - whether he killed her or not - that he's more interested in his own image than the murder of his "good friend". At the very least, he's a selfish, heartless jerk....

It still makes me ill that nearly four years later, there's no justice and with each passing day, there appears to be less and less chance of it happening.

 
At 2:22 PM, April 02, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Madonna, what was your user name on Chandralevy.com? I used to go there to read sometimes. Thanks.
Wendy - VA

 
At 12:19 AM, February 21, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Approx 2 weeks after disappearance, Route 301 on Md Eastern shore.... a small orange car with DC tags seen twice, once in middle of night...Tag AD---- Found out later G.C. had car of same make and color. Always wondered was Gary looking for her body in order to move it?

 
At 2:50 AM, May 23, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Condit and his wife had a big hand in this killing.
As with Marilyn Monroe,Natalie Wood,MLK,Kennedy, etc all killings involving the white house crowd means that people just disappear become dead and no one knows them.
The wife had motive because the girl was probably pregnant. Condit was definitely in this plan because he in fact did have a relationship with this young lady.
They put the body what was left of it back into the park to be found because nobody looked for it, since everybody was involved in the cover up.
Karma will eventually set them straight even if the world is not make aware of it.

 

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Wednesday, January 12, 2005

REMEMBER CHANDRA LEVY?

You're probably thinking, "Oh yeah...I remember that case now," but if you're like most Americans, any concern over the missing (and later discovered to be deceased) Washington intern vanished into the ether after a little incident on September 11th.

Chandra Levy disappeared in May of 2001, and her remains were found in May 2002 in Rock Creek Park in Northwest Washington, about four miles from her Dupont Circle apartment.

But today's Washington Post brings the story back:

Former representative Gary A. Condit denied in a court deposition having had a "romantic relationship" with slain intern Chandra Levy, a statement that was challenged yesterday by Levy's family. Condit's denial came during a pretrial deposition he gave in September as part of an $11 million defamation lawsuit he filed against author Dominick Dunne, who has suggested that Condit was involved in Levy's death.

In summer of 2001, I remember talking with friends about Chandra Levy on the beaches of Fire Island. It soon after her disappearance, and one of the NY dailies had printed artists' renderings of what Levy might have looked like with different hairstyles, if for some reason she was alive and in disguise. Whenever a Jewish-looking woman walked down the beach, or bicycled along the roads of Ocean Beach, we jokingly speculated that it was just Chandra, on vacation. At one point, my friends, all Jewish women of varying hairstyles who could have been Chandra in wigs, turned to each other--maybe one of us was Chandra Levy, and we didn't even know it!

We continued to riff, on the hairstyle pictures mostly, because none of us thought she would be found dead in the park. The other "intern story," the then only-recently concluded Monica Lewinsky affair, had concluded in embarrassment, SNL skits and impeachment, but not death.

And then, like America, we forgot all about her, and focused on national pain, and missing persons flyers that peppered our neighborhoods like obscene confetti. Months later, we were shocked when Levy was found dead, but a lot of the shock came from the fact that we had totally forgotten about the case.

On TV, Law & Order figures it out in under an hour. In real life, it takes longer. No one knows what happened. Gary Condit either did or didn't have an affair with her. Even if the two were involved romantically, such an affair doesn't necessarily mean Condit murdered her. No one's any closer to finding out.

As a single woman living in the big City--albeit closer to Columbus Circle and Central Park than to Dupont Circle and Rock Creek Park--I'm disturbed by the lack of resolution. Maybe Chandra made poor choices in love or location, or maybe she was a victim of random violence. Her family went through the wringer--Chandra was reported missing in the aftermath of the joke that was the Lewinsky scandal, was missing without a trace for over a year, a year that included the emotional devastation of 9/11. And now it's possible that her family will never have the closure of knowing what happened or why. And that's a tragedy, all over again.

My heart goes out to them, and prays for justice so that they can move on toward long-awaited closure.

6 Comments:

At 5:50 PM, January 12, 2005, Blogger Yaron said...

We may never know, but if I had to guess I'd say Condit was responsible. It's pretty clear that they had an affair, he was never very forthcoming, and he came off sort of cold-blooded. I think he's lucky he never got charged.

 
At 11:10 PM, January 12, 2005, Blogger Stephen said...

How can one Chandra be so Levy?

 
At 5:38 AM, January 16, 2005, Blogger Madonna said...

I actually helped run chandralevy.com for 18 months, and kept up with the case quite a bit until it pretty much completely disappeared from the news in June 2002 (shortly after she was found).

I think Condit knows who the hell killed her - either he had someone do it, or knows who did it and doesn't want to speak. While he's an arrogant jerk, I don't think he has the guts to kill a bug, much less another person...

That being said, I do have an issue with him denying the affair in a deposition, considering the fact he not only admitted it to the police, but from what I hear admitted it in a short film that was shown in the Modesto area in 2003.

If he is indeed involved in her murder, then he is an idiot for suing Dunne. In a lawsuit for slander/libel, the defendant can easily turn the case around onto the plaintiff - if the defendent can prove he's telling the truth, not only will the plaintiff lose, but should he ever be found to be involved and criminally charged, it could blow up in his face in a criminal case.

Either Condit is telling the truth about not being involved in the murder, or he's more arrogant than I thought... I do know I am bothered - whether he killed her or not - that he's more interested in his own image than the murder of his "good friend". At the very least, he's a selfish, heartless jerk....

It still makes me ill that nearly four years later, there's no justice and with each passing day, there appears to be less and less chance of it happening.

 
At 2:22 PM, April 02, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Madonna, what was your user name on Chandralevy.com? I used to go there to read sometimes. Thanks.
Wendy - VA

 
At 12:19 AM, February 21, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Approx 2 weeks after disappearance, Route 301 on Md Eastern shore.... a small orange car with DC tags seen twice, once in middle of night...Tag AD---- Found out later G.C. had car of same make and color. Always wondered was Gary looking for her body in order to move it?

 
At 2:50 AM, May 23, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Condit and his wife had a big hand in this killing.
As with Marilyn Monroe,Natalie Wood,MLK,Kennedy, etc all killings involving the white house crowd means that people just disappear become dead and no one knows them.
The wife had motive because the girl was probably pregnant. Condit was definitely in this plan because he in fact did have a relationship with this young lady.
They put the body what was left of it back into the park to be found because nobody looked for it, since everybody was involved in the cover up.
Karma will eventually set them straight even if the world is not make aware of it.

 

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