WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) - It's been like a game of cat and mouse since Tuesday night when it was learned that Paula Broadwell was staying with her brother at his home in Northwest D.C.
At around 5 a.m. Wednesday, the long distance runner gave the photographers the slip as she set out on for a morning run.
"It's just crazy. It's like a small big town," commented a woman walking by the stakeout at Paula Broadwell's brother's home. It includes about a dozen photojournalists from the major news organizations.
"I thought it was a movie set," said neighbor Vedoster Ingram.
Some photographers are on the sidewalk in the front of the stately yellow house and some are in the public alleyway behind the home. That's where we met Mary Scarpa walking her dog Barry. People refer to the two as the 'other Marion Barry.'
"I just found out that you all are here and that the big yellow house now has an infamous history," she said.
Last night the photographers who took pictures of Broadwell through a window in the kitchen say that she had to have known they were there and even looked as though she was posing at times as she sipped wine.
"You have to do something. It's a lot to process. There's no such things as a private life," said a passerby.
The Mt. Pleasant home and the people in its past have made history, which led to changes in equality.
1841 Park Road has been in the news before. In the 1920s, Dr. Robert Deane bought the home. He was the first African American to move into Mount Pleasant and he broke the color covenants.
Now the concern is on the national security level and it's not just neighbors who are wondering what secrets Paula Broadwell may be hiding.
Neighbor Mary Scarpa said,"I don't think General Petraeus was thinking clearly. And I don't think there was any kind of motive on his part. Obviously a slip up could happen. And that's the scary part. I wonder what the woman's motive might have been."