Why Robert Wone's Murder Transcends the Crime

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

2 comments for “Why Robert Wone's Murder Transcends the Crime

  1. Anonymous
    01/27/2009 at 10:58 AM

    Have the authorities in this case looked into the use of ketamine as the drug used on Mr. Wone? The drug has been known to be used in the gay and rave communities. It can be injected intramuscularly, and produces a paralytic state. In addition, it has a dissociative effect which could explain the nonchalant attitude of the defendants at the crime scene. Perhaps tissue samples from Mr. Wone’s were saved and can be tested for this particular drug.

  2. David
    01/27/2009 at 7:07 PM

    The affidavit for Dylan Ward’s arrest on obstruction of justice explains that Robert’s blood was tested for the entire range of “party” drugs which I am sure, though not absolutely positive would include ketamine. Robert’s blood was negative for the entire panel. From the accounts described in the affidavit, it looks like none of the defendant’s were tested the evening of the crime — either urine, blood or hair samples were taken that night. I figure if they had been tested and they were positive for any of the panel of “party” drugs, it would have been mentioned in the affidavit.

    I am also unaware if tissue samples were taken from Robert’s body for further testing. I certainly hope they were.

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