The Brothers Price Sibling Rivalry
From the earliest days of civilization, beginning with Cain and Abel, sibling rivalry has been at the core of the human story. Our own nation’s history is linked to warring brothers. Recent examples include Jimmy and Billy Carter, Bill and Roger Clinton. The same could be said of the Bush brothers, and the Kennedy clan.
So it’s no surprise that, at the center of the Wone tragedy, we find yet another iteration of brothers who stands at odds with each other. We draw this conclusion from publicly available evidence as well as comments made on this site by people who know one or both of the Price brothers.
While the adversarial aspects of this relationship are most apparent, it is layered and complex. We learned from court documents this week that when Michael Price charged his partner Louis Hinton with second degree assault, it was Joe Price who defended Louis against his brother’s charges. Yet, at the same time Michael and Louis Hinton were living in an apartment owned by Joe Price. Families have their secrets that don’t make sense to the outside world, and viewing the Price brothers’ relationship from public documents doesn’t make much sense. Why would Joe get involved in his brother’s assault charge as the attorney who defended the assailant against his brother?
Just from looking at these facts, there appears to be very bad blood between these two brothers. Why didn’t Joe just wash his hands of the assault charge and have nothing to do with the case? Certainly Louis Hinton needed legal representation, but couldn’t he have found it elsewhere? Was Joe Price the only lawyer available? I don’t think so. From the look of it, he wanted to make a point against his brother. But why? Court documents don’t reveal these motivations, they just reveal the facts.
Comments on this site have said Joe Price would never depend on his brother in any way, shape, or form. These are people who have claimed intimate knowledge of their relationship. Yet, for some reason, Joe also found it in his interest to keep his brother close to him, in some fashion, by providing a place for him to live. He also provided Michael with a key to 1509 Swann Street, as well as the code for the burglar alarm. Clearly this shows a level of trust that Joe had for Michael.
And what to make of the Michael Price and Phelps Collins burglary of Joe Price’s home at 1509 Swann Street? Most people would think this an extremely antagonistic act between brothers, but if it helped prove that the home could be broken into, as the Defendants have claimed on the night of the murder, it could be seen as as act of sacrifice of one brother on behalf of the other.
In the weeks following the murder of Robert Wone it was clear that the events of August 2nd had an impact on Michael. Louis Hinton would relay that Michael, a recovering addict, relapsed with crack cocaine in the one of his worst episodes ever. Was Michael distraught over what happened to Robert that night? Was Michael upset at the situation he found his brother in? Was Michael trying to say something else entirely different with his self destructive behavior?
What ever the case, the Brothers Price relationship is as complex as a sibling relationship can be, and unraveling it may yield important answers to what happened on August 2, 2006.
— Posted by David