Finding Chandra

Finding Chandra

A True Washington Murder Mystery

Book - 2010 | 1st Scribner hardcover ed
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In the Fall of 2000 a Young Woman from an upper-middle-class California family left the West Coast for Washington, D.C., to begin an internship at the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Chandra Ann Levy was not unlike the thousands of college and graduate students who arrive in Washington as interns each year. She wanted to leave the familiar surroundings of her home in the San Joaquin Valley and find her own way in the nation's epicenter of politics and power. Seven months after arriving in Washington, Chandra signed off her computer inside her Dupont Circle apartment on a warm spring day and went for a walk in her gym clothes. She was never heard from again. Six years later, two investigative reporters revisited Washington's most famous murder mystery. Book jacket.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, c2010
Edition: 1st Scribner hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781439138670
Branch Call Number: 364.1523 HIG 2010
Characteristics: xi, 287 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Horwitz, Sari


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Jan 21, 2017

I remember when the disappearance of Chandra Leavy was in the news. At the time I would have bet that Congressman Condit had everything to do with it.

This book does a good job of telling the story from the day she went missing all the way through the investigation of Condit and finally police linking an attacker in a Washington DC park to the missing woman.

The book also shows how the public (and Condit's constituents) quickly turned against him when his life was linked to a young, attractive and missing young lady in Washington.

Aug 27, 2015

Unless you were living under a rock during the spring and summer of 2001, there was no escaping the case of Chandra Levy. When it was discovered that the 24-year old missing intern was having an affair with California Congressman Gary Condit, the story went radioactive overnight. Speculation and innuendo dominated the news cycle as police zeroed in on an evasive Condit. But while this media circus was unfolding, an illegal alien from El Salvador was arrested on two counts of assaulting female joggers in the same park where Levy's body was eventually found. Finding Chandra does an excellent job in documenting how the DC police botched this investigation from the start by chasing newspaper headlines instead of focusing on a suspect where a substantial amount of circumstantial evidence was pointing towards his guilt. Whether you're a fan of True Crime or Netflix's House of Cards, you'll definitely burn through this book almost as fast as I did!

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