Hollywood on the Potomac
The Chandra Levy murder case in DC’s Rock Creek Park was even by Hollywood standards “An Affair to Remember” – tabloid style. This article was first post on February 7th, 2013. Since then, Ingmar Guandique has been released for lack of sufficient evidence.
It had all the usual elements to attract the media….think sex, power, intern.
A then youthful, blow dried Congressman by the name Gary Condit was having a secret liaison with a young, attractive intern – Chandra Levy. She disappeared in April of 2001 and her remains were found in May of 2002 – Ingmar Guandique was convicted of her murder in July of 2011
At that time, I spoke to best-selling investigative reporter and author Dan Moldea on behalf of NBC Niteside to see his reaction to the conviction:
The guilty verdict handed down to Salvadorian immigrant Ingmar Guandique in the murder of intern Chandra Levy nine years ago stunned investigative journalist and author Dan Moldea, he revealed to Niteside last night.
“I was totally surprised that Ingmar Guandique was found guilty,” said Moldea, citing lack of evidence. “In short, I am still not convinced that Guandique committed this crime.”
Politicos got a brief reprieve from insanity between the RNC Convention in Cleveland and the DNC in Philly at a lavish and stylish affair on the rooftop of The Hay-Adams Hotel to celebrate the recent March 11th wedding of Samantha Sault and Matt Lauer as well as to initiate an annual event appropriately named “Dead of Summer Party.” Sault is VP for US Fashion Industry Association while Lauer is EVP at Qorvis-MSLGROUP. They divide their time between Geneva, Switzerland and Washington, DC.
“What I didn’t realize was that I was literally writing the social history of Washington, DC. We called it the human side of power,” David Adler told Hollywood on the Potomac. Adler is currently the CEO and founder of BizBash; but back in 1975, just a month out of college at 21, he co-founded Washington Dossier with his editor mother, Sonia (Sunny Adler). It was the society magazine for the Nation’s Capital from 1975-1991.
So why are we talking about this now? For two reasons: 1) A tribute to the late Dossier cover photographer Fred Ward and 2) the Presidential change of guards that will usher in a new group of power players, leaving this years’ Rolodex in the dust once the new administration lands on 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
David explained how the sport of social climbing was played then and how it is played today: “My dad Warren Adler, the novelist who wrote the War of the Roses (think Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner) and 40 other novels, owned an advertising agency at the time. He along with his staff helped us launch a 16 page newsletter style magazine to cover the Washington, DC social scene. His ad agency represented most of the real estate powers of Washington and he backed me with his office infrastructure, some cash and encouragement. We picked the top 1000 biggest players in town and captured the glamour of the social scene. It literally became the Playbook for who was in and out of the ‘Court’ of influence and power.”