Why did a regular family evening end in gunshots? Alistair - or Al, as he's known to friends and family - has just settled down to read to the boys, one balanced on each knee.
InRobert Chambers walked out of prison, after 15 years, a free man, still pursued by his own infamy.
He was 36, but people still remembered him from the summer of when he was His face was everywhere. And the story of how he strangled a beautiful year-old named Jennifer Levin in Central Park was the talk of the town.
Fairstein prosecuted Robert Chambers, who became a suspect within hours of the murder. After police brought him in for questioning, he admitted killing Jennifer. He said it was an accident.
I liked her very much… The story he told police seemed to blame Jennifer. It was shocking and graphic: Chambers demonstrating to police: I reached up and grabbed like this, and I grabbed like that and came down on my hand.
She came over this way and landed right there, right next to the tree. When police undressed Chambers, they discovered more scratches on his chest.
Chambers was charged with second-degree murder. His button-down costume covered up a life of crime and addiction. A videotape gave the public a peek at the real Robert Chambers, Fairstein believes.
It was made at a party Chambers attended while he was on bail, surrounded by girls wearing lingerie. How did you feel when you saw that? I was horrified when I saw it, but in a way I was also glad that he showed himself for what he really was.
So Fairstein made a deal. Chambers pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter.
It was a step down from murder, but as part of the agreement, Chambers had to admit in open court that he intended to hurt Jennifer when he killed her. Despite all the evidence she had against Chambers, Linda Fairstein never could prove one crucial point: I can tell you as a matter of law that the prosecution does not have to prove motive.
There is only one person alive who knows what happened that night. But Chambers felt by doing one major interview the media attention might ease up.
And he also had a personal agenda. Robert Chambers wanted to talk about Jennifer Levin. As the afternoon passed, the interview would go on for four tense hours. I can never make up for the pain I caused her family. Am I a monster? Rehearsed lines from a con artist or genuine repentance, Chambers seemed to want the world that had condemned him to reconsider its judgment.
Would I like the opportunity to apologize, with actions behind it, backing it up? His father, Robert Sr.
His mother, Phyllis, an Irish immigrant, was a private duty nurse. It was her determination, not any family fortune, that gained Robert Chambers access to an exclusive world of privilege, possibility and private schools. She always worked hard.
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