Chandra Levy: An American Murder Mystery (2017)

“Well, Connie, I’ve been married for 34 years, and uh, I’ve not been a . . . a perfect man, and I’ve made my share of mistakes. But um, out of respect for my family, and out of a specific request from the Levy family, I think it’s best that I not get into those details uh, about Chandra Levy.” – Rep. Gary Condit

Number of Times Seen – 1 (27 Aug 2019)

Brief Synopsis – The story of the mysterious unsolved murder of a Washington intern and how the facts of the story all come together over the past 18 years

My Take on it – I was quite excited to watch this film when I came across it since I recall the initial news coverage of the disappearance of the Washington DC intern Chandra Levy.

It happened not long after Bill Clinton left office and the term intern was still taboo in political circles.

I actually wasn’t aware of the fact that the case wasn’t closed right away and this film does a wonderful job showing how complicated and complex this whole case has become over nearly two decades.

The story itself unfolds really well and they manage to keep things suspenseful and mysterious from start to finish while still describing all of the minute intricacies of this crime.

The fact that even after so many years, there is no closure about the facts of the case is astounding and this means that the odds are that there will never be a time when we know everything that happened besides speculations of those involved with solving the crime.

The story itself received even more headlines at the time due to the fact that a sitting US Congressman was a person of interest in the case and the events and mystery around the case led to his “forced” retirement from public service.

We get to see some great interviews with experts on the crime and with people involved with the case as both family and friends of those involved.

This is able to give us a really comprehensive look at the story over the years.

What is most fascinating about this story is how the investigation feels like a roller coaster ride since it changes from cold to hot every few years before it goes cold again.

Hopefully, one day it will get hot again and they will be able to finally understand what truly happened and punish those responsible for this murder.

Bottom Line – Great documentary expose of the true crime of the murder of a young woman that has still been baffling people even after nearly 20 years. The way that the story unfolds is unbelievable and they do an excellent job showing all of the intricacies in this case. The fact that even after so many years, there is no closure on it all is astounding and based on how things are shown, they will probably never truly know what really happened besides speculations. The story gained much fame at the time since a sitting US Congressman was a person of interest in the case and ended up having to leave politics shortly after the crime was committed due to his connection to the case. This film gives us some great interviews with experts and with people involved intimately in the case and they are able to give a very comprehensive look at this entire event.  Really amazing how the story still has relevant information popping up even after so many years. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – As part of her final semester of study, Levy moved to Washington, D.C., to become a paid intern with the Federal Bureau of Prisons. In October 2000 she began her internship at the bureau’s headquarters, where she was assigned to the public affairs division. Her supervisor, bureau spokesperson Dan Dunne, was impressed with Levy’s work, especially her handling of media inquiries regarding the upcoming execution of Timothy McVeigh, convicted of bombing the Oklahoma City Federal Building. Levy’s internship was abruptly terminated in April 2001 because her academic eligibility was found to have expired in December 2000. She had already completed her master’s degree requirements and was scheduled to return to California in May 2001 for graduation. (From Wikipedia)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)


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4 thoughts on “Chandra Levy: An American Murder Mystery (2017)

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  2. I remember this because this was the story which dominated the news cycle on September 10th, 2001. I also remember making a comment the next day about how the congressman in this story (Gary Condit) had to be the only happy person America because the events of September 11th meant nobody would ever hear his name again.

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