When at least one woman rebuffed Congressman John Conyers’ sexual advances, Conyers claimed to have “inside information” on the case of murdered Capitol Hill intern Chandra Levy — a suggestion that sent women scrambling to get out of his way.
Courtney Morse was also a paid Capitol Hill intern when she met Conyers, who offered to give her a lift home one evening after work. Morse told The Washington Post that, once in the car, Conyers put his hand on her leg, slid it up her thigh, and left his hand on her lap all the way home.
When Morse recoiled from Conyer’s advances, he told her that he had “inside information” on the Levy murder case, which left Morse thoroughly creeped out. She says she got away from Conyers as fast as she could, and even left her paid internship to return home.
“He said he had insider information on the case. I don’t know if he meant it to be threatening, but I took it that way,” Morse says. “I got out of the car and ran.”
Federal Bureau of Prisons intern Chandra Levy disappeared in 2001. We now know Levy was attacked and murdered while out for a run in a D.C.-area park, but before her remains were found, local law enforcement agencies combed through Washington D.C. looking for any sign of the college-aged woman. In the process, it was revealed that Levy had been in an intimate relationship with Congressman Gary Condit. For a time, Condit became a prime suspect in Levy’s disappearance.
Condit was never charged. Attorney’s charged — and convicted — an undocumented immigrant, Ingmar Guandique, in Levy’s murder, but the conviction was overturned in 2016 after the court found Guandique was pressured into a jailhouse confession.
That leaves Levy’s murder still an unsolved mystery — though the FBI might now want to talk to John Conyers.