An anonymous comment came into the site asking if we knew the murder victim since we posted a picture of his final resting place. My answer our interest, or more honestly, our fascination. So I thought it should be a blog post itself.
Here it is —
Anonymous, thanks for the question. I nor the other two authors of this site knew Robert Wone personally. We also didn’t know any of the defendants. But since we are three gay men who have lived in Washington DC for several years, we have discussed the situation with people and friends who do know the defendants personally.
We felt that since we did not know either party we could bring a dispassionate eye to a discussion of the case.
We are very mindful of the fact that there are victims who have suffered a loss that time will never heal. Robert Wone’s murder is tragic in every sense, and because of that it transcends the crime itself, speaking directly to who we are as a people, the time in which we live, and the communities we developed to live our lives. Communities based on race, and class, and on sexual orientation. More narrowly, many of the individuals caught in this web of desire and deceit, just like all of us, display deep conflicts that pierce like the missing knife the shiny veneer of our time and place.
This is why we went to the trouble of starting this site, and are doing things such as tracking down Robert’s final resting place. This story is bigger than all of us.
– Posted by David