A Savage Journey Into The Heart Of Dylan Ward’s Bedtime Reading
Famous Last Words, William Shakespeare by Ralph Steadman, 2006
One of the more sensational pieces of evidence cited by the MPD in the affidavit of arrest for Dylan Ward is a “full-page drawing of William Shakespeare lying dead in bed: his body shown positioned similar to the way Mr. Wone’s body was positioned when it was found.” It accompanied an article by the late John Updike in the August 7, 2006 edition of New Yorker magazine entitled, “Late Works, Artists and Writers confronting the end.” The drawing was found in the bedroom of Dylan Ward, which was just down the hall from the guest bedroom where Robert Wone was found murdered.
The drawing above is by Ralph Steadman , well known for illustrating the works of gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson, including his most acclaimed work, “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.”
In this seminal work, Thompson pierced the heart of the American Dream by way of the bad craziness of a drug fueled night. Steadman’s illustrations brought the manic and disturbing energy of Thompson’s words vividly to life as only Steadman’s on-target and off-kilter sensibility could. Their electric and dizzying combination dazzled a dazed and confused generation and in the process left an indelible mark on the American pop consciousness.
It is no surprise, then, that the New Yorker would chose Steadman to illustrate Updike’s probing essay about how dying at home for the artist has fallen out of fashion. Moreover, it wouldn’t be a leap to speculate about why Dylan Ward would be interested in reading such an article. If the article’s content didn’t grab Ward, then it could have been Steadman’s ink-stained lines, which now grace the books of children. Three years before the murder Ward recieved a M.A. in Children’s Literature from Simmons College.
Whether or not this article had anything to do with Robert Wone’s murder is up for debate. If the magazine had been found closed in a stack of magazines in Dylan Ward’s room, it would be a stretch to assign weight to this idea. But, since this magazine was found open to this drawing in a bed room on the same floor, literally feet away, from a man who was just violently murdered does give one pause, even if only that.
Later we will discuss the article in more depth, but for now, take a look and see if there is anything to this piece evidence cited by MPD, and decide whether it should have any weight when determining who murdered Robert Wone? — Posted by David