A body to die for

At age 43, Melody Robertson had a body that men would die for and women would kill for. Her long legs and flat stomach were as lean and hard as...

‘She’s in the water and she’s dead’

Saturday afternoon. Davis Ford Road. Prince William County, Virginia. About 30 miles southwest of Washington. Her first weekend out in months, a rare day of feeling good after more than...

Workin’ the streets

Sally is dressed for work. Her short, tight dress is purple, not quite the same shade as her shoes, which of course clashes with the bright red lip gloss and...

Death of a dream

Those who knew Darin Jensen best say he was born to teach. Jensen loved teaching television production at Woodbridge High School in Virginia and loved his kids. He was a...

Requiem for a mean S.O.B.

Everyone who worked for Mac Alexander agreed he was a sour, unfeeling son-of-a-bitch. "Battery acid," said one. "Cut him and he bleeds battery acid." Mac Alexander ran construction jobs in and...

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...

Where the hell am I?

He woke up with his head pounding, hung over from another Friday night of heavy drinking. Not unusual. He met some buddies after work, they started with German beer, moved...

‘Suddenly, all hell broke loose’

Connie McCarthy needed cat food and left her house in Northern Virginia shortly after 10 on a Saturday morning. A flyer in the paper listed a good price at a...

With apologies to Thomas Wolfe

He'd been in the city for 16 years. A long time. Maybe too long. "Maybe it's time to go back to your roots," a friend said. "Back home." Home. Where is home? He...

Love, D.C. style

He woke up before dawn, as he often does after a night of drinking. With a full bladder, he struggled out of bed and headed for the bathroom, but the...