It’s been 16 years since Chandra Levy’s infamous murder case shook the nation — and now her death is being revisited in TLC’s new docuseries Chandra Levy: An American Murder Mystery. While an undocumented immigrant named Ingmar Guandique was convicted of Chandra’s murder in 2010, his conviction was overturned last year due to “unforeseen developments.” He was later released and deported to his native El Salvador, where he currently lives.
Now all eyes are back on Gary Condit, the former California state representative who — according to Chandra’s family — was allegedly having an affair with the 24-year-old federal government intern before she died. Though police ruled him out as a suspect last October, true crime enthusiasts are still curious about Gary’s relationship to Chandra.
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When Chandra disappeared in 2001, Gary was serving as a Democratic representative in Modesto, CA. Though he has vehemently denied any romantic involvement with Chandra, CNN reported that the married father-of-two admitted to the alleged affair during initial police investigations. The outlet also reported that officials matched Gary to DNA collected from Chandra’s undergarments in her home.
Despite his denials, Gary’s ties to Chandra’s case ultimately caused his political career to crumble. In 2002, he lost his house seat — just mere weeks after Chandra’s remains were discovered in Washington, D.C.’s Rock Creek Park. Gary then moved to Arizona, where he opened several Baskin-Robbins stores. However, his venture in the ice cream business was cut short in 2012, when his franchises reportedly closed.
In 2016, he co-authored a book about Chandra’s murder scandal, titled Actual Malice. He appeared on numerous talk shows to promote the book, sharing his side of the story. "I did not have a romantic involvement with her, and I was not involved in her disappearance in any way,’' he said during an appearance on Dr. Phil last October. "I haven't answered that question publicly for 15 years, and I'm not going to change my position or my view on that today or any time in the future. Not only is it not relevant, but I think that people are entitled to some level of privacy.”
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