Dark side of life in Washington, DC

DC Darkside, which went active on the World Wide Web on May 7, 1996. Darkside is an experiment with articles that were published through 2004 and went into archival...

Reunion

He couldn't help noticing how the woman at the table across the room kept looking at him. She could have been his age, but better preserved. Where age had ravaged...

A life that wasn’t there

It started with a Christmas card. "Thinking of you," the card said. Talk about a voice from the past. A simple card, nearly 35 years after that day in high school...

Intervention

She heard the alarm go off at 6:30 a.m., signaling time to get up and go to work. Only she wasn't asleep. She was still at the computer keyboard, reading...

One day, maybe people will understand

She sips her coffee slowly and examines the cup, searching for the best way to put her feelings into words. "I’m not quite sure how to describe this," she says. Why...

Anger on the highway

Behind the wheel, Billy Canipe could be a real terror. "If he was having a bad day or somebody was messing with him, yeah, he would drive fast," said his...

Raped once, raped twice

Sunday morning. Early. Not too hot yet. Connie Ericsson ignored the few other joggers on the path as she worked up to speed. Five miles. Not much of a workout...

The high price of deceit

She walks into the bar, as Joe Diffey once sang, one hip at a time. Nobody could miss her. He sure didn't. He couldn't believe his luck. She sashays over to...

Yours for the calling

Thursday night. Private club. Washington. Callie walks into the bar on the arm of a reciprocal member. That’s someone from out-of-town who belongs to a club that has reciprocal membership...

Going broke on a million a year

At 10:30 on a rainy Friday morning in a Maryland civil courtroom, George and Sally sat and listened as a bankruptcy judge parceled out what little was left of...