About That ‘Intruder Theory’
In the early hours of August 3, 2006, the defendants were subjected to hours of interrogation at the MPD Violent Crime Branch in Anacostia; a long way from the million dollar plus townhouse on Swann Street.
Price for six hours, Zaborsky for eight and Ward sat through a ten hour marathon. The Post‘s Paul Duggan tells of what sounded like MPD detectives doing the good cop-bad cop thing while playing the gay card pretty ineptly. Summer stock.
Duggan says the three were consistent with their stories all night. On page 12 of the first affidavit, more unanimity, they all tell detectives that their intruder theory was “…implausible and made absolutely no sense.”
Implausible why? Because it sounds so far fetched and fanciful? Or just by taking the physical barriers at face value. The rear of 1509 has a six foot high wooden fence off the patio then a ten foot high roll-up security gate behind that.
Pretty high hurdles. We’ve learned that MPD did check at least one of them the night of the murder to see if it had been breached.
A ten foot security gate like that costs about $7,000 – $8,000 installed. The Pooner Fence logo is a common sight in DC alleys, at least in the better neighborhoods like Swann.
They make a racket when rolled up or down and or when there is a good wind. Sure it can be climbed but it will be pretty noisy. And climbing could also leave shoe marks, foot prints and finger prints.
Scaling the top part that houses the hub is bound to leave hand marks and finger prints too. Topped with a layer of summer pollen, tree sap and alley dust those prints would be a clear sign the fence had been scaled.
The MPD did make it back there and according to an official who was part of the investigation, no signs of any foot or hand prints were found on the gate.
How could an intruder have gotten into the rear of 1509 Swann Street without going over that gate? Implausible meet physically impossible.
Is the slender reed that is the intruder theory getting thinner still?
Whether this off-hand remark is part of the police record and evidence is anyone’s guess. We’ll have to see if it’s introduced.