At midnight on the steamy evening of August 2, 2006, DC Police arrived at 1509 Swann Street to begin a murder investigation. An investigation that supposedly continues to this day.
On the floor of Dylan Ward’s bedroom they found an issue of the New Yorker opened to an article penned by the late John Updike entitled, “Late Works: Writers Confronting the End.”
The accompanying artwork by Ralph Steadman of William Shakespeare on his deathbed seemed particularly eerie to the police.
They just came from the guestroom, mere feet from Ward’s, where the lifeless body of Robert Wone lay in a similar position.
Used for an earlier post, this issue was the only tangible piece of evidence we could collect from the night of the murder.
As longtime subscribers, we’re used to having piles of New Yorker back issues around the house. But this one was different; it always felt dirty. It had to go.