Two Weeks Before Robert Wone’s Murder…
Three years ago this week, on or about July 19, 2006, Robert began making plans to stay the night at a friend’s house in Washington, DC.
Last month Paul Duggan wrote in the Washington Post:
Earnest and meticulously efficient, Wone had planned about two weeks in advance to stay in the city that evening to introduce himself to the night-shift staff at Radio Free Asia, where he was the new general counsel. Rather than trek home late on the Metro, he had arranged to bunk at the townhouse, a mile from his office, with his old college pal Price and his friends Zaborsky and Ward, whom he had met through Price.
This shows Robert’s stay was no spur of the moment decision brought on by a long trek home.
In the early days and months after the murder speculation ran high as to why a married man decided to bunk at a friend’s home in the city, especially when a commute at that late hour would not have been onerous because traffic would have been light.
This feed the rumor mill that since Robert was married and straight, that his suppossed last minute decision had sexual undertones, especially since he was staying at the home of three gay men.
This line of thinking doesn’t stand up when the facts are considered. As Kathy Wone explained in an October 9, 2006 Washington Post article:
In July, Kathy Wone said, her husband began arranging “to take care of three things all at once” on Aug. 2. He was scheduled to be in the seminar until 9 p.m., so he figured “that night would also be a good night” to meet the 10 o’clock crew at Radio Free Asia. “As an added bonus, he thought it would be nice to spend the night” in the city with Price, who lived just a mile from the radio station.
Robert’s stay was not a spontaneous event. So much so, Kathy Wone even helped pack Robert’s bag for the evening. What is curious about the planning is that while Kathy Wone was completely aware of the plans of her spouse well in advance, Joe Price’s spouse, Victor Zaborsky, was out of the loop until the fateful day.
Victor’s statement in the original affidavit reveals:
According to Zaborsky, he had come home early from a business trip and learned Mr. Wone would be spending the night at their home.
Why was Victor only just finding out about Robert’s planned stay that day? Was it a secret? Or did somone simply forget to tell their spouse?
Dylan’s take on whether he knew Robert had been planning to stay over that night is absent from his statement.
Wouldn’t partners normally share the plans of overnight guests with each other? Joe didn’t tell Victor and Dylan never said.
And of all nights for Sarah to plan to be away.
— posted by David