Who Knew What…
To follow up on recent comments to the nature of Joe and Dylan’s relationship, and as important, who knew what about the exact nature of it, we look again at language from the original affidavit and from an earlier post here.
“The Relationship” portion of the affidavit starts on page 10. “Several witnesses familiar with Price, Zaborsky and Ward…” is the only indication we have of those sources. Those witnesses could in fact be from Joe Price’s orbit: His brother Michael, his partner Louis, housemate Sarah or for all we know, one of the defendants themselves. Victor perhaps? It’s certainly possible.
The document goes on to state the “personal, intimate relationship” that Joe and Victor had as domestic partners. Then this:
“Ward had a bedroom of his own… and was in a personal, intimate relationship with Price… a dominant-submissive sexual relationship with Ward in the dominant role and Price in the submissive role, as related by witnesses and as captured in multiple photographs of Price recovered from his computer.”
Were there witnesses outside the orbit? It’s entirely possible hook up partners of Joe’s were ID’d by forensics from his home and work computers, assuming that communications would’ve been captured either as email traffic or found on the buddy lists of his social networking / sex sites.
But getting back to an earlier comment from this week, what was known to be the extent of Joe and Dylan’s relationship among the roommates’ wider and more public social circle?
We go back to an oft-maligned March post that found us at a cocktail party with a number of guys who traveled in the threesome’s social (not sexual) circle, one in which we occasionally overlap with but don’t claim as our own.
Our observations were kept deliberately brief and ambiguous to maintain confidentiality with those we spoke to. I offered this:
Craig: When asked about his first reaction to the murder, one guest said he was convinced an intruder broke into 1509 and killed Wone. Asked when his opinion began to change, he said it was an evolution over the years with his trust slowly eroding, and the October indictment papers sealed it.
This spoke to those who knew the defendants well and reflexively gave the defendants the benefit of the doubt. Why the hell not?
Others at the party offered what became more of a composite picture of Joe and Dylan: While the S&M nature of the relationship wasn’t fully known, there were other signs that may have spoken to a more intimate nature. To paraphrase:
That Joe Price has it all. Young, good looking, a great (and handsome) partner in Victor, an accomplished attorney pulling in big bucks, a million dollar property on Swann, rental properties, a gay father, a high profile position in the community as an activist on behalf of our causes. On top of all that, the lucky SOB (and maybe Victor too) has a cute blond boy(Dylan) to play with.
Income, a partner, security, position, boy toy. Any gay man’s dream life, right?
But it appears very few knew the more private side of Joe and Dylan.
*Apologies and/or a hat tip to Paul Bedard.