The following is written by a friend, ‘Dave’ a counselor and therapist living in the San Francisco area. He was not at all familiar with the Robert Wone case until he began reviewing this blog. He sends along these thoughts and offers an alternate hypothesis which I or my co-authors had neither read or considered before.
This is not an endorsement nor a critique of Dave’s views – and to be utterly clear, Dave is not this blog’s co-author David – but an airing of a new construction. It is offered as perspective from one with experience in these issues, and as a sincere effort to continue the search for truth.
“Have read everything posted since you sent it this afternoon, and here’s my take based on a pretty thorough understanding of the subculture and psychology of bdsm from my years of counseling here in sf:
“Ward is the alpha, dominant personality in the triad with Price and Zaborsky. He felt the right to “own” anyone who came into his domain, the house. In fact he felt compelled to dominate in order to maintain his position over the other two, who in fact held the greater social power through their wealth and prominence in the community. It was precisely this social power that the men, Price and Zaborsky, felt the need to surrender to someone else out of a deeply internalized sense of inadequacy and unworthiness that many gay men experience as a consequence of unresolved internalized self-loathing.
“Ward is the sexual assailant and most likely the murderer. The deeply established psychological influence that Ward held over Price and Zaborsky would have been well ingrained over an extended period of repeated incidents of psycho-sexual manipulations that would have involved bondage, torture, near death experiences and psychological domination that would have rendered Price and Zaborsky compliant with the directions given by Ward to them at the time of the incident.
“The meeting likely started with a drink, and Wone’s drink contained sufficient rohibnol or ghb to render him unconcious. This substance is almost impossible to detect through toxicology testing. The scream that the neighbor heard was most likely Zaborsky or Price’s, upon their discovery of ward’s assault on Wone. The injections are most likely sites where the drug was later administered. Both Price and Zaborsky participated in the cover up and clean up at Ward’s direction and threat of extortion and due to their fear of loss of their social standing.
“A likely avenue to obtain a confession is to play upon Ward’s ego-maniacal sense of power through an interviewer that could manipulate his sense power and the control that he exerts over the comparably more socially esteemed Price and Zaborsky.
“The interviewer would need to suggest that only through his (Ward’s) confession could the case ever be prosecuted, highlighting the ultimate control that he exerts over the lives of Price and Zaborsky. Ward would be most likely to make this confession after he had the impression that he had lost control over the other two men.
“I think that a media figure could have a significant role in cracking this, particularly if Ward believed that his story, detailing the profound control he exerted over others, would be published and publicized, making him (in)famous.”
– Posted by Doug