chapter  10
14 Pages

A False Confession to Murder in Washington, D.C.

ByWashington, D.C JAMES TRAINUM AND DIANA M. HAVLIN

On February 26, 1994, the cold and windy afternoon had not diminished the crowds at the open-air farmer’s market in the parking lot of the Robert F. Kennedy Stadium in eastern Washington, D.C. While walking beside the lot around 1:00 p.m., John Evan’s1 normally well-trained Labrador retriever bolted toward the tree line by the icy Anacostia River. The dog had found something that captivated his interest. As Evans approached, the form began to take the shape of a body-a brutally beaten 34-year-old white male. The victim was later identified as Edward McMillan, a civil engineer with the U.S. Federal Government who had disappeared after leaving work the night before. Discovering what caused him to end up dead on the banks of the Anacostia was the responsibility of Detective Jim Trainum, a relativity new homicide investigator.