Which of the Defendants Will Be “Auffed”?
In the knotted legal tangle that is the Robert Wone case, the following will go down as little more than a drop stitch. We don’t presume it’s anything else. But from these few threads we feel there’s something here worth hand finishing.
In the September 11th defense motion for in camera review of redacted documents – see previous posts Game Changer and “Isn’t He Our Friend?” – the defense asked for un-redacted notes from the government of interviews with the defendants and other relevant documents. They state, somewhat incredulously:
“The government produced nine pages from the note pads and stated these are all the notes that the government can find. Of these nine pages, the government has redacted numerous pages, some almost in their entirety.”
First, from the outside it does seem odd that only nine pages – including those previously referenced – can be produced by the government. Nine pages is all? Seems rather shiny at the elbows.
Regardless, we’ve previously looked at Det. Bryan Waid’s post-incident interview notes and Officer Diane Durham’s statement, attachments A and C, respectively. Easily overlooked – and with a potential error – is attachment B.
While not specified, attachment B seems to be from the notepad of one Det. Milton Norris. (This judged not by the order of court documents, which may in fact be out of order, but from the photocopies of the documents. Det. Norris’ notepad has 15 hole-punches at the top, while all other photocopied notepads are from 20 hole-punch note-pads. (Not that we’re counting.)
Frustratingly, there’s one lone page of crytpic notes. In their entirety, they are:
10:30 End of last week
watching Project runway
First, we assume this is a secondary interview with first responder Durham. Key notes in her mind? Alarm, door lock, and “Dillion,” the first reference of Dylan Ward by name.
The alarm and door lock make sense as central elements of the “intruder” story – but “Dillion”? He was asleep, upstairs, completely unaware of what was happening. What so stuck out in Durham’s mind to make Dylan a key point – and for Norris to do likewise? We have concerns.
Then there’s the comment “…end of last week, watching Project runway.” As in perhaps the gayest program, ever, on television. From the archives:
“Project Runway, Season 3, Episode 4: ‘Reap What You Sew.’ The first episode of the season that featured teams of three, tasked with creating a three-piece outfit. Mehmet Tangoren, Heidi Klum, Vera Wang, and Nina Garcia judges. First aired August 2nd, 2006.”
Fans know Wednesday nights were Runway nights on Bravo, with the previous episode airing at 9 and the new one at 10. We might not have guessed the Swann housemates were fashion mavens, but Runway had charms beyond just fabric.
It’s not surprising they had been watching Runway that night just before Robert arrived; it’s barely even notable at least one of them were fans. What’s just plain creepy is the title of that evening’s episode, featuring threesomes working – not always smoothly – on a common goal to “make it work.”
We do note, however, that this particular episode featured an unusual double elimination, and a surprise winner no-one expected. Fierce!
–posted by Doug