Chandra Levy case still unsolved!!!
Talk about strange coincidences! For totally random reasons, I came across the two-and-a-half-month-old news story about Chandra Levy on Wednesday.
Citing “unforeseen developments” that they would not describe, prosecutors said Thursday that they were dropping charges against the man they had long accused of killing a young intern in a Washington park more than 15 years ago. The surprise decision means that the death of the intern, Chandra Levy, remains one of the nation’s most notorious unsolved crimes.
An undocumented immigrant from El Salvador, Ingmar Guandique, was convicted in 2010 of killing Ms. Levy in Rock Creek Park and sentenced to 60 years in prison. But he was granted a new trial last year after prosecutors acknowledged that they had withheld evidence that cast doubt on the credibility of their main witness.
On Thursday, the United States attorney’s office in Washington issued a brief statement that said in part: “Today, in the interests of justice and based on recent unforeseen developments that were investigated over the past week, the office moved to dismiss the case charging Ingmar Guandique with the May 2001 murder of Chandra Levy. The office has concluded that it can no longer prove the murder case against Mr. Guandique beyond a reasonable doubt.”
To all of the doubters in the comments who insisted that Mr. Guandique was guilty and this was just a Hail Mary by his attorneys, looks like you were wrong and I was right. As I wrote in a comment, “Condit was too much of a sleazy liar to be innocent. If he were a used car salesman instead of a Congressman, he’d be in prison for her murder.”
This is something I wrote back in 2009:
This blog post/article from 2001 explains the case against Gary Condit. Unexplained absences in his schedule and other suspicious behavior the week Chandra Levy was murdered, with no satisfactory explanations for any of it (what was he doing in Luray, Virginia?). Association with criminals and biker gangs. Perverted sexual appetites. Cheating on his wife with multiple sexual partners. Condit had a motive to kill (to keep his sexual behavior secret so he could get reelected), the sleaziness to make you think he might do such a horrible thing, and the association with criminals that would enable him to hire a hit man.
For these reasons, I’m not entirely convinced by the alleged confession of the Salvadoran illegal immigrant Ingmar Guandique to another prison inmate. Such jailhouse confessions are notoriously unreliable. (And part of the confession was that Gary Condit paid him $25,000 to kill her.)
It doesn’t seem likely to me that nineteen-year-old Guandique would go on a crime spree immediately after killing Chandra. Usually, after a first murder, the murderer gets scared and lays low for a while. But we are told that six days after the murder, Guandique burglarized his neighbor’s apartment, and seven days after that he assaulted another woman in Rock Creek Park. (See Washington Post article for timeline.)
This was something I was totally on top of all along. Why won’t people believe me?