Spilt Milk

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With the news that the three Swann housemates are co-habitating again, this time in McLean, come questions of how closely the family is sticking together.

MilkMancAfter Dylan’s extradition back to DC, indictments and pre-trial release, the three housemates were encamped in a luxury rental apartment at 16th & R, having unloaded 1509 Swann, at about $200,000 to the good.

Several months later Dylan up and left for the leafy and pricey enclave in Northern Virginia.  Why the split?

He was no stranger to McLean; in fact all three had lived at Victor’s aunt’s home while investigators “owned” 1509 for weeks following the murder in 2006.   Now all three of them are back together on Ariel Way.  Why the reunion?

Read what you may into the current living arrangement as far as them hanging together, lest they….  you get the drift.  But perhaps it’s a simpler explanation that has brought the three back together again under one roof.  Economics?

Let’s do the math and see what’s left after the milk money.

Calculating the enormous legal costs the three face is difficult.  In his 2008 fund raising plea Joe said the legal costs would run into the “hundreds of thousands of dollars.”  That optimistic amount seems so Spring 2009 to us.  The meter is still running.

The Four Horsemen probably bill the better part of $600 an hour each.  Though we’ve heard from some who believe that the defense attorneys might offer the three discounted hourly rates or retainers, the idea that this case may be a loss leader but high profile enough to compensate.  (We’ll do what we can to publicize their work).  And others have estimated costs for just the two month trial alone running over a million.  Ouch.

That’s a lot of checks to cut.  What’s on the income side of the balance sheet?

We learned from the Legal Times Mike Scarcella that Price was fired from Arent Fox in January.  Settlement and buy-out details are unknown, but scratch one steady income. 

A quick phone call to AB Data informs us that Mr. Ward “…no longer works here,” and no forwarding business information available, thank you.   Scratch paycheck number two.  While Dylan may still be making money on the side as a masseuse, or perhaps a chef, he’s got two attorney’s mouths to feed, David Schertler and Robert Spagnoletti.

Victor Zaborsky - LinkedIn

For the legal bills and living expenses there’s always the income from Victor’s MilkPEP job to fall back on, right?  Not so fast.

Having worked in marketing at the IDFA for years it seems Victor has moved on, at least according to his Linkedin profile. Scratch the third income stream.

Milk-Pep - Effie Awards - 2008 v2a

Victor’s tenure at MilkPEP coincided with the award winning “Got Milk” campaign.

Wildly successful, the milk mustache has become an iconic symbol for the dairy industry.

Dozens of celebrities have lent their names to the marketing program and MilkPEP’s efforts were recognized by numerous awards.

But it seems like that milk wagon may be running dry and Victor’s aunt has come to the rescue in some ways.

The $3,500 rent at the 16th Street apartment may have been a drain on the trouple’s resources.   Rather than plow untold thousands into rent at The Regent, they can use that money on defense experts to pick apart Ashley’s Reagent.

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23 comments for “Spilt Milk

  1. CDinDC
    07/01/2009 at 12:33 PM

    Since Dylan is being sheparded around, first to Miami Shores and then to McLean, you have to think that Dylan could not have been the sole assailant. Joe must be much more involved in the actual murder of Robert than meets the eye.

    It has been said previously by other bloggers that Dylan would probably be hung out to dry if he were the only culprit in the actual murder. Sell him to the highest bidding prosecution attorney and hope to get off easy.

    But instead, he’s still living off the trouple’s main couple, Joe and Victor, and now Victor’s gracious aunt.

    In the words of the Rolling Stones….

    Rape, murder!
    It’s just a shot away
    It’s just a shot away

    The floods is threat’ning
    My very life today
    Gimme, gimme shelter
    Or I’m gonna fade away

    • Clio
      07/01/2009 at 9:16 PM

      Thanks, CDinDC, for clarifying for all of us those dreadful song lyrics from the 1970s: I had no idea what the exact words were until your post of this afternoon. The verses, once spelled out, did seem surprisingly appropriate, however.

      Thank you, Editors and Bea, for pinpointing the current lair(s) of the defendants. Now that we know where the Three (un)Wise Men are staying, where is the current address of their “devoted” former tenant, Sarah Morgan? Has she too fled the District for the Old Dominion? Is she still gainfully employed? Answering those questions may be key (and even more significant than Dylan’s return to Ariel Way) to the resolution of what precisely happened on August 2, 2006.

  2. 07/01/2009 at 8:58 PM

    joe was so quick to blurt out to the police that sweet little dylan, and other of his friends, were on various meds to control anxiety, sadness, emotions, etc. . . with no apparent insurance from an employer, who is picking up the costs of these meds, if they are still being taken? And, if noone is medicating, then marcia better sleep eyes wide open, as others have suggested.

    • CDinDC
      07/02/2009 at 10:01 AM

      Daddy is Doctor.

  3. Ex Swann Street
    07/01/2009 at 10:44 PM

    I believe drugs may have been more a part of the “problem” here rather than any part of a solution/resolution …

    • CDinDC
      07/02/2009 at 10:02 AM

      Welcome back Ex!

  4. Clio
    07/02/2009 at 9:30 AM

    The “Got Milk” ad campaign was certainly creative, lucrative, and effective: what were Victor’s specific contributions to it?

    Also, Dylan went to Hyde Park’s renowned culinary school: has anyone had a chance to judge his cooking skills? Given his interdisciplinary array of degrees and skills, Mr. Ward may be the most employable defendant of the trio.

    • CDinDC
      07/02/2009 at 10:09 AM

      Clio says: “Mr. Ward may be the most employable defendant of the trio.”

      Besides the obvious answer of “that’s what normal people do”, why get a job if you have a whole host of people (Daddy Ward, Joe, Victor, Auntie) taking care of you?

      • Clio
        07/02/2009 at 11:44 AM

        True, CDinDC. Enabling and facilitating, however, seem to be a specific forte for Victor, whether it be putting together the best ad campaign since that for the Arrow shirt before World War I, or transmitting Mr. Price’s narrative suddenly that particular summer.

    • 07/02/2009 at 6:58 PM

      joe used to eat from dylan’s kitchen, according to the alt.com profile i believe. he seemed to have enjoyed it; and is rumored to be putting on some extra pounds.

      • Clio
        07/02/2009 at 10:28 PM

        SDI, do you mean that Mr. Price has gained even more weight since his strangely jubilant court appearances in April? Got (any
        skim) milk for Joe, Dylan.

        • 07/03/2009 at 7:12 AM

          the april appearance was my reference – have not seen him since. love the got skim milk concept!!! 🙂

          • CDinDC
            07/03/2009 at 9:33 AM

            Got Skim Milk…..too funny!

      • Craig
        07/03/2009 at 2:15 PM

        There was a sighting of one of the defendants earlier this week. We’ll get the report up in the next few days.

        • Bea
          07/03/2009 at 4:14 PM

          Can’t wait!

  5. CDinDC
    07/02/2009 at 3:50 PM

    Re the “Got Milk” campaign……..

    From the CLIO website: The “Got Milk” campaign was first developed at Goodby Silverstein and Partners, San Francisco, by creative directors Jeff Goodby and Rich Silverstein, art director Erich Joiner, copywriter Scott Burns and Chuck McBride, agency producer Cindy Epps.

    The slogan “got milk?” was licensed to the National Milk Processor Board (MilkPEP) in 1998 to use on their celebrity print ads.

    Wikipedia has everything.


    There’s also a “got milk” website. Check it out…great web design. You can learn how to make a bird feeder out of a milk carton. 😀


  6. Perplexed
    07/05/2009 at 7:58 PM

    Now I’m confused. I could have sworn that I read somewhere much earlier that Dylan had originally moved into VZ’s aunt’s house, but that he had moved back to DC a little while back. Not the case? Also, we need to take into account that Dylan’s dad is probably helping out with Dylan’s expenses — JP and VZ aren’t the only ones Dylan is used to leaching off of……….

    • Bea
      07/05/2009 at 8:58 PM

      The Washington Post reported that all three are back at Victor’s aunt’s house. I suppose we’re all assuming that to be true. At one point it was in court papers that Dylan was with Victor’s aunt while Joe and Victor were in the posh rental. I suppose that with no one having a job, the lawyer’s bills (times three) racking up, they needed a free place to stay. Joe and Victor likely got some money when they left their jobs (I think Arent Fox gave Joe a chunk of change per the partnership agreement + extra to go quietly – there is disagreement on this) but likely both had a decent 401k that they could pay penalty on to get early, thus providing living expense money (without the priciest part, rent). Maybe their properties/mortgages are covered by the renters. I would guess that Dr. Ward is paying for Dylan’s keep now that Joe can’t support him. Pathetic.

      • Clio
        07/13/2009 at 4:49 AM

        Yes, 7900 Ariel Way must be a fourth-rate hybrid of Grey Gardens, Valley of the Dolls, and Knots Landing right now — I actually feel sorry for Auntie Em. Pathetic, indeed!

  7. Concernednetizen
    07/06/2009 at 9:09 AM

    $20 to the first person to take a pic of the 3 stooges going shopping for clothes at Target.

    • CDinDC
      07/06/2009 at 9:36 AM

      Craig DID report that there was a sighting. The Mossimo line is stunning this year.

  8. Nelly
    07/06/2009 at 12:26 PM

    Is Victor still working for the other dairy group? One of the early posts here, the one with his voicemail mesg, was about how he was working for another similar org. down the hall from his previous job. If he is still working, then he should have enough $ to support the family with or without free rent from his aunt.

    • Doug
      07/06/2009 at 4:43 PM

      Victor is no longer working for the IDFA (International Dairy Foods Association) although it appears he has set up his own p.r. consultancy business. And you’re right, IDFA is just down the hall from MilkPEP offices.
      -Doug, co-editor

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