Murder, Ink

04/02/2009
By Craig

The Color Of Money

We put up the reward posters in a circle around the 1500 block of Swann Street. Visible, well-traveled spots from U Street down to P; 13th to 16th.  MPD posters are all over the place too and Robert’s blended in well. It’s only when seen side by side does the disparity in the MPD’s lottery-style payout policy become clear. Tips on a murderers range from ten thousand to fifty thousand.  There’s an official explanation of course,  the MPD website lays out general guidelines, but what about intangibles, like home field advantage?

1400 Block of U Street

1400 Block of U Street

Ron Harris of MPD General Counsel’s office said reward amounts vary depending on a number of factors.  These include input from the case detectives, general crime trends, advice from the chief of police and the perceived “…usefulness…” of the reward. 

Individuals or groups can augment rewards, but it’s an involved process. 

It’s something you would need a lawyer to figure out.

 

  The MPD requires a letter of intent, a designated financial trustee, an escrow account of at least one year standing, and other details which are not made public before adding the funds.  A final detail: all rewards are listed as “…up to…” a certain amount.  The exact dollar figure, according to Mr. Harris, depends on the quality of information, the legal conclusion, the number of individuals contributing.

 

1300 Block of U Street
1300 Block of U Street

 Robert’s poster went up next to Durval Martins  and Ray Carroll’s.  Last December, Martins, a gay man was shot in the head in what looked like a failed street robbery at 11th and Q.  Carroll was shot in thee head in front of a home across the river in March 2003.  

 

Mention of Ray Carroll ($10,000) is harder to find online than Durval (up to $50,000) who returns about 200,000 Google hits.  Ray who left behind a large family and garnered only this brief in the Metro section

“A 43-year-old man from Adamstown was found fatally shot late Saturday in the 400 block of Condon Terrace SE. Raven Carroll, who D.C. police said lived in the 2900 block of Flynt Hill Road in the Frederick  County community, was found about 10:10 p.m. with a gunshot wound to his head.” 

Like Robert Wone ($25,000), Ray Carroll isn’t on the DC unsolved murder database either, perhaps dropped.  Which means MPD may stiff you on the ten grand too.  Ray Carroll, meet Harrison McKinley Walker.

Post(er) script: The Wone posters survived the spring rains although a few seemed to have been deliberately torn down. We lost a few then later replaced them on U Street and at 16th and R. Copies may be downloaded here.

-Craig and Doug

12 Responses to “ Murder, Ink ”

  1. TK on 04/02/2009 at 11:13 AM

    Interesting that a lot of the phone number slips have been torn off…

  2. Anon. in Arlington on 04/02/2009 at 11:49 AM

    Have website hits spiked with the posting of the notices?

    Thanks Craig, Doug, Michael, and David for putting these up in the community.

    • Craig on 04/02/2009 at 3:58 PM

      Thanks A in A – Spiked is a relative term. The numbers fluctuate, attributable to many factors.
      We’re happily surprised with the totals at the end of any given day, knowing that this effort appeals to a rather small subset.

      We have our own opinions why the Wone case isn’t featured more prominently in the MSM & some gay media circles, so we’re grateful for the attention given by Andy Towle, Japhy Grant at Queerty, and the always sparkly Michael Musto.

      Locally MW’s Yusef Najafi, dc.bilerico’s Michael Crawford, WTTG’s Roby Chavez, borderstan and the City Paper stand out.

      More active promotion would pay off in terms of readership, but we’ll just going to stick to our knitting and try to get posts up as often as possible. (Tune in Monday for a something extra special). We still lean readers to help spread the word.

      -Craig, editor

  3. jackson on 04/02/2009 at 2:38 PM

    A wone poster ripped down at 16 and R street? Don’t we know some guys who live around there?

    • Dupont Dweller on 04/02/2009 at 4:29 PM

      Where approximately are the three living. General part of 16th. Anybody know?

      • She did it on 04/02/2009 at 7:04 PM

        ms ward is allegedly living in virginia — not sure the “family” is still together; or at least living together. not sure if victor is still opening his bed, heart, and legs to dylan; price may be. perhaps some of their supporters could comment on the current family dynamic???

  4. Ex Swann Dude on 04/02/2009 at 8:47 PM

    Until recently all three were living at 16th & R, NW in apartment #703 (from court documents). Word has it Dylan recently moved (pushed) out.

  5. CDinDC on 04/02/2009 at 9:19 PM

    too little, too late.

  6. Ex Swann Dude on 04/02/2009 at 9:35 PM

    Whoops, sorry … The building is 1640 16th St, NW (at R St) #703. The Regent.

    • SheKnowsSomething on 04/03/2009 at 11:15 AM

      I had heard that they were in Apartment 155 in The Regent at 16th and R Streets, but I’m not certain of the reliability of the source. Anybody know what Joe Price does everyday?

    • John Grisham on 04/03/2009 at 1:46 PM

      The Regent
      1640 16th St NW Washington, DC 20009

      Located just 4 blocks from the Dupont Metro and 1 block from Safeway The Regent offers Dupont dwellers a slightly more upscale version of what they may be used to. The 53 unit building is on par with other properties represented by Keener Management, most notably The Gatsby. The Regent, like The Gatsby, also features 10 foot ceilings, 7 foot windows, maple hardwood floors, gas fireplaces, maple kitchen cabinets, granite counters, stainless appliances and marble baths but tops it off with skylights for top floor units, French doors and balconies for select residences. No pets allowed here; however, there is a 24-hr front desk attendant and garage parking, storage and housekeeping are available. 12 month and multi-year leases are offered along with a nice break of only 1/2 month’s rent for a Security Deposit. Two bedrooms: 843-1596 sq. ft. from $2300. Three bedrooms: 1596 sq. ft. starting at $5000. Sorry, no one bedrooms here. Managed by: Keener Management, Inc. 202.249.0894

      • She did it on 04/03/2009 at 2:07 PM

        yup; arent fox must still paying the partner salary. must be nice to be on paid leave. who pushed lettle dylan out? trouble in the family? someone please weigh-in with the poop.

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Purpose of this Site

On August 2nd, 2006, Washington attorney Robert E. Wone was murdered at 1509 Swann Street. Over two years passed before any criminal charges were filed - and then only conspiracy, obstruction of justice and crime scene tampering charges were brought against the Swann Street housemates, all present in the home on the night of the murder: Joe Price, Dylan Ward and Victor Zaborsky.

On May 17, 2010, a DC Superior Court trial got underway and all three defendants were all acquitted in that bench trial on those pending charges.

Nearly four years later, very little seems clear about what happened that night and who murdered Robert Wone. A cloud of suspicion remains over the Swann Street defendants who have denied any involvement in the murder of their friend or in the alleged cover up.

Judge Lynn Leibovitz found a moral certainty in their collective guilt, but not evidentiary certainty. Civil proceedings in a wrongful death suit filed by Robert's family is the next chapter in this tragic story.

We continue to work together seeking answers to the mystery of Robert Wone's murder and in finding justice for his memory and legacy.

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