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More than likely within the 4,000 comments posted here lies the key that may unlock the mystery behind the night of August 2, 2006.
We’re still trying to configure the ideal theories page here that will allow ongoing discussion, dissection and debate. WordPress has some limitations we need to work around, but it remains a goal to have a page or discussion forum dedicated to the many theories up and running later this summer.
Until then we’ll take the opportunity to highlight and showcase some of the more thorough and well thought out scenarios and theories offered by readers new and old alike.
Robert comes over to the house, chats with Joe and Dylan Ward for a few minutes, and then everyone gets ready for bed. Victor goes to bed, Robert takes a shower, meanwhile Dylan and Joe are together, getting ready to engage in sex play and doing some drugs in Dylan’s room. Meanwhile, Robert gets out of the shower, gets ready for bed, puts in his mouthguard, and goes to sleep.
At some point during the evening, either Dylan or Joe has decided it would be fun to sexually assault Robert, and gets the other to go along with it. Victor is asleep. Joe and Dylan go into Robert’s room, where Robert is also asleep. One of them holds a pillow over Robert’s face to prevent him from screaming while the other injects him with some kind of drug.
During this time, in my theory, Robert wakes up and emits the “low, breathy grunts” Victor would later describe – Robert is trying to scream, but his noises are muffled by the pillow.
This, and not a scream, is what actually wakes Victor up in the first place, but Victor, perhaps assuming that the noises are just Dylan and Joe having sex, does not get out of bed and tries to go back to sleep. The noises stop, perhaps because the drug has taken effect or perhaps because Robert has passed out from lack of air.
Now, the drug injected into Robert, the men use the electro-ejaculator machine on Robert, perhaps engaging in some sexual activity with each other as they bring him to climax (as with this whole thing, this part is pure conjecture). In the heat of their sexual passion, they don’t think anything is wrong with Robert.
Perhaps after one or both of them have climaxed themselves (and in a clearer state of mind that often comes after climax, when one is no longer focused exclusively on sex), one or both of them realizes that Robert is not just paralyzed/incapacitated, but appears to have died, or stopped breathing, or anyway something just isn’t right – or they just realize the whole thing was a terrible idea.
In any case, at this point, either because they believe he is already dead and need to fake some kind of story, or because their post-climax clearheadedness is allowing them to fully see what a terrible plan this was, they decide the only option is to stab his already “dead” body/kill him with a knife.
Dylan runs to his room and grabs the knife from his cutlery set, returning to the guest room, where one or both of them stabs Robert. Joe and Dylan then go about cleaning the mess, with Victor still in bed and asleep. At some point, once everything is mostly cleaned up,
Joe realizes that he will not be able to keep Victor totally out of the loop on this. He goes upstairs, explains to him that something has happened, and together they go back downstairs to the guest room and the newly cleaned crime scene.
This is when Victor emits the scream that the neighbor hears. In the roughly twenty minutes between then and the time 911 was called, Joe explains to Victor that he doesn’t know what happened; an intruder must have killed Robert, but that because he (Joe) and Dylan are both on drugs, the police will never believe that they didn’t do it.
Therefore, he tells Victor, Victor needs to say that Joe was in bed with Victor all along, and that they both only came downstairs upon hearing suspicious noises from the guest room. He also spends some time going over with Victor what he will need to say to the 911 operator.
The story that Joe feeds Victor is that an intruder killed Robert, but to protect Joe and Dylan from false murder charges, Victor will need to lie for them. This explains his believable hysteria on the 911 call (he really believes an intruder may still be in the house), as well as his weird compulsion to interject or emphasize certain facts on the call. So this is my best theory as of right now. I am a long way from being Sherlock Holmes, so perhaps this thing is full of holes that I don’t see.
For example, I don’t know where the laundry room is in relation to Victor’s room, but if he heard the laundry going (the killers presumably washed sheets or something, as the cadaver dog identified something in the lint trap), it seems likely he would have come down to see why someone was doing laundry so late at night. But maybe he didn’t hear it. Or maybe he just assumed that Joe had forgotten to run it earlier in the day. I don’t know. Anyway, anyone’s thoughts?