Although most people think of Watergate as the quintessential D.C. crime and political scandal, woven into D.C.’s rich history are a number of other vivid and fascinating capital crimes!Passion, evil, and greed -- notable motives for millions of crimes committed over the years, coupled with D.C.'s illustrious political setting, permeate the back stories of these five fascinating and true D.C. crime stories.
1. The Anthrax Killer
Within days of the horrific September 11, 2001, attacks, anonymous letters laced with Anthrax were mailed to a number of individuals, including Senators Tom Daschle (D-SD) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) in Washington, D.C. Several people died as a result of the exposure which was initially thought to be a part of a plot by Arab extremists, or possibly Osama bin Laden, who had orchestrated the 9/11 attacks.[caption id="attachment_1810" align="aligncenter" width="220"] Letter received by Tom Brokaw during 2001 Anthrax Attacks[/caption] Eventually, the FBI suspected Bruce Ivins, an infectious diseases scientist at Fort Detrick, Maryland, and a leading anthrax researcher who actually helped with the investigation. Unfortunately, before his arrest, Ivins committed suicide and no motive for the crime was ever formally determined, although it was noted that Ivins had held some type of grudge due to a cut in funding for his research project. 2. Chandra Levy Chandra Levy mysteriously disappeared on May 1, 2001, and her remains were not found until one year later when it was determined that she was murdered. During the search, the media reported that Chandra had an affair with U.S. Representative Gary Condit, and theories abounded that Chandra was murdered in order to keep the affair a secret. During that year, Condit refused to submit to a polygraph, and the FBI investigated Condit for obstruction of justice, which fanned the flames of media coverage and ultimately led to Condit's failed attempt at reelection. To date, Chandra's case has not been solved. In 2008, an illegal immigrant named Ingmar A. Guandique was convicted of her murder, but the conviction was overturned in 2015 due to perjured testimony of a jail informant.