When John Chiang, his brothers Roger and Robert, left for
That nightmare began on
“Our hearts just broke,” recounted Roger Chiang. “We knew some of the pain and feelings of anxiety that the Levy’s were feeling, not knowing where your loved one was.”
John Chiang, on his return to
“I was sick in my stomach for the Levy family,” he said. “They asked that we do whatever we can to bring attention to Chandra’s story, to encourage people to contact the proper officials and to let them know about the people that were helpful to us. We did that.”
Roger Chiang, who lives in
Joyce Chiang was student body president at
Chandra Levy, 24, served as an intern for the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Her career was also on the rise. Levy was expected to return to
To Joyce's family and friends the similarities between the Chiang and Levy cases seemed alarming and as the story of Chandra Levy and her affair with Congressman Condit unfolded, stories about Joyce Chiang reappeared in the media and comparisons were, not surprisingly made.
Both were government interns who lived within streets of one another. Both also were attractive, young, brunette women of petite stature who frequented the same Starbucks Coffee house. The police dismiss these connections as merely coincidence. They have even suggested that Joyce may have committed suicide. But many adamantly disagree and believe a frightening question must be, and in fact was asked by John Walsh of TV’s America’s Most Wanted who publicly theorized what many had secretly been wondering; Is a serial killer preying on the young female interns of our nation's capitol?
Joyce Chiang was the only daughter in a tightly knit Taiwanese-American family. While in college she served an internship for Representative Howard Berman, Democrat, of
The day after Joyce's disappearance, a couple walking through
Three months later a canoeist was paddling more than eight miles downstream from where Joyce's billfold and other items were discovered. The recent rains had forced a body to wash up onto the shore. Three months submerged in the water of the
Then in May of 2001, Chandra Levy's disappearance drew renewed media interest in Joyce. To many, similarities between the two were chilling. They had both worked for Democratic California Congressman. Joyce worked for Representative Berman, who's office was adjacent to Representative Condit's. The two women lived within a few streets of each other. Just three days after Joyce was last seen at the coffee shop a bizarre statement appeared on a nearby wall. It read: "Good Day J.C. may I never miss the thrill of being near you." Was this a cryptic message from Joyce's killer? Perhaps he targeted her in the neighborhood - and later spotted Chandra Levy in the same area when she arrived in town.
There is one last disturbing revelation. As stated above, there are those who believe that a serial killer is to blame for the deaths, if this is true than it may be that he has taken not two, but three lives. Five months before Joyce disappeared, 28-year-old Christine Mirzayan was raped and murdered while walking home from a barbeque. She shared a number of startling similarities with Joyce and Chandra. All three women lived in the same area, all three had dark hair and they were all about the same height and weight. Also they were all interns at one point in their careers. There are some really strange people out there and one never knows. Just another reason to keep an open mind and to keep walking in this big Weird World of ours. Just be watchful!
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