Advancing The Story

The Post Delivers

Two months after Robert’s murder, key pieces of the story were emerging.

post3Three years ago last Friday, in an October 9, 2006 Washington Post article , we see a rudimentary version of the August 2nd timeline, many familiar elements and some new ones.  

Included are details of Robert’s last day, background information from investigators and for the first time, Kathy Wone speaking on the record about her husband’s murder.  Her comments are heartbreaking.

The Metro section’s Paul Schwartzman writes of MPD Chief Ramsey previewing messages his successor Cathy Lanier would continue to lean on over three years later; this is an active investigation.   

“Police Chief Charles H. Ramsey said detectives are waiting for the FBI to complete tests on blood and other items from the crime scene.  Police want the FBI to treat the case with urgency, Ramsey said, and hope to get the results in a matter of weeks or months.”

Some sense of urgency. 

We see many of the shopworn themes that have played out since the murder: door chimes, sleeping pills, screams, the conspicuously absent downstairs roommate, defendants’ friends reluctance to speak, and the defendants themselves refusal to speak on-the-record, instead communicating through statements from their attorneys.

What’s new in this piece?   This particular comment: 

“Price, Zaborsky and Ward have described a routine evening that began with a dinner at home before Wone arrived…” 

How does that square with Zaborsky’s contention in the affidavit that he arrived home “early” from a business trip yet was unaware of Robert’s plans to spend the night?  A “routine evening” and table talk with his “family” but no mention was made to him of an overnight houseguest, a longtime friend?

This is the first mention that puts the three defendants being together before R0bert’s arrival at 10:30pm.   When did the clock start that night?

A very unsettling aspect of the storyline that surfaces here may not even make it into the trial;  the threesome’s public appearances immediately after the murder (a condolence call in Oakton and Price as pallbearer), along with their failure to comment, contrasted against the story of how Robert and Kathy met, and how she, Robert’s parents and his brother made their way to GW Hospital that evening, only to arrive after Robert had been pronounced dead.

In this piece Kathy refrained from commenting directly on the Swann Street roommates.   But as the years went by her language became more pointed, saving her sharpest attack to date for her statement on the third anniversary of her husband’s murder.

-Craig

A New Glimpse Into Night of D.C. Slaying

By Paul Schwartzman    Monday, October 9, 2006

On the night of Aug. 2, Robert Wone called his wife, Kathy, at their home in Virginia, checking in as he walked to his downtown Washington office.

The Wones had rarely spent a night apart since 2002, when Robert surprised Kathy with rose petals leading to a silver fortune cookie and the message, “Will You Marry Me?” But Wone, a lawyer, planned to work late that night, his wife said.  Days before, he had arranged to stay with friends at a townhouse near Dupont Circle.

“I love you,” Robert told his wife as they hung up about 9:30 p.m.

Just after midnight, the phone awoke Kathy Wone. It was Joe Price, the co-owner of the townhouse. Robert has been stabbed, he said. Get to the hospital — immediately.  Less than 30 minutes later, a doctor pronounced her 32-year-old husband dead.

The killer, Wone would learn, plunged a kitchen knife into her husband’s chest, piercing his heart.  The knife came from the townhouse in the 1500 block of Swann Street NW — the home of Price, his domestic partner, Victor Zaborsky, and Dylan Ward, all of whom were in the building at the time.

More than two months after Wone’s death, investigators have seized personal computers, examined phone records, consulted the FBI and convened a grand jury.  For more than three weeks, they kept control of the three-story, $1.2 million house where Wone died, removing flooring, pieces of walls, a chunk of staircase, the washing machine, even sink traps.  They used chemicals to search for traces of DNA and other evidence, staining walls, floors and bathrooms.

Yet no arrest has been made and no suspect or motive identified, causing Kathy Wone, 35, to worry that the crime might never be solved. “I feel like I’ve been holding my breath, waiting for a break in the investigation, hoping that this doesn’t become a cold case,” she wrote in an e-mail, her first public comments about the slaying.

Authorities have offered only the broadest outline of what transpired, saying that a resident told them an intruder came through the back door and killed Wone — a theory that detectives have publicly questioned.  Yet as police await the results of evidence testing, new details have emerged about Wone’s final hours and what Price, Zaborsky and Ward have said occurred after their friend arrived.

In a city of more than 100 homicides this year, Wone’s death captured public attention because he was a rising star in Washington’s legal world, active in the Asian American community.  He died in a neighborhood where homicides are rare, at the home of friends who are affluent, well-established professionals; one is prominent in the gay community.

The case took on greater notoriety when investigators asserted that the crime scene was cleaned before police arrived.  And they expressed doubt that an intruder killed Wone, saying they found no sign of forced entry or anything taken.

Police Chief Charles H. Ramsey said detectives are waiting for the FBI to complete tests on blood and other items from the crime scene.  Police want the FBI to treat the case with urgency, Ramsey said, and hope to get the results in a matter of weeks or months.

Police and prosecutors have sought to reconstruct what happened inside the house before and after the killing.  According to sources with direct knowledge of the investigation, Price, Zaborsky and Ward have described a routine evening that began with a dinner at home before Wone arrived about 10:30 p.m. to sleep over.

The sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the case is under investigation, said the men have given this account:

Wone first sat in the kitchen, chatting with Price, 35, a lawyer at a prominent law firm with whom he attended the College of William & Mary, and Ward, 36, who works for a software company.  Zaborsky, 40, a marketing manager at the International Dairy Foods Association, was in the third-floor bedroom he shared with Price.  A female tenant who lived in the basement was not home.

Price has said that he went upstairs to the third floor to sleep about 11 p.m.  Ward retired to his bedroom, near the top of the stairs on the second floor, overlooking the back yard.  He later told police that he took a sleeping pill that night, as he often did.  Wone showered and went to a second-floor guest room facing Swann Street.

According to the sources, Price recalled falling asleep and then being awakened by a chime that the alarm system sets off when the front or back doors open. Price did not go downstairs because he assumed that his tenant was returning; she did not return home that night.

Price has said that minutes later, perhaps as many as 10, he heard the sound of deep, guttural moaning. He ran downstairs with Zaborsky and found the door to the guest room ajar and Wone on the sofa bed, bleeding. Price moved the knife from Wone — police later found it on a side table — and tried to stanch the bleeding, the sources said. Zaborsky stood in the hallway, his screams waking Ward.

At 11:49 p.m., Zaborsky called 911. Paramedics arrived at 11:54, followed by police, who found Wone, wearing bed clothes, unconscious and showing no signs of life. He had been stabbed twice in the chest and once in the abdomen.

After Price phoned Kathy Wone, she picked up her husband’s parents, who had recently moved nearby from Brooklyn to be closer to them, and his brother, Andrew, 27, who had flown in to visit.  A doctor pronounced Robert Wone dead at 12:24 a.m., before his family reached George Washington University Hospital.

The next day, friends and family sat vigil with Kathy Wone, a crowd that included Price, Zaborsky and Ward. The men attended the funeral; Price was a pallbearer.

By then, investigators had taken over the Swann Street townhouse, obtaining search warrants to seize computers and phones there and from Price’s law office.  In an affidavit used to get one of the warrants, Detective William Xanten cast doubt on the idea that an intruder killed Wone, writing: “There was nothing that appeared out of place, nothing disturbed, nothing ransacked and nothing was taken.”  Police technicians, using chemicals and artificial light, had determined that the crime scene was “tampered” with, the detective wrote.

Price hired a criminal defense lawyer, Kathleen Voelker, and Ward retained David Schertler, a former federal prosecutor. Zaborsky hired Thomas G. Connolly. Before they had hired lawyers, the three men submitted to hours of police questioning immediately after Wone died.  Days later, they submitted their fingerprints and DNA samples.

In a statement issued Friday, the attorneys said the three men “continue to mourn the death of their dear friend” and remain hopeful that “the authorities will identify and apprehend the intruder who is responsible for the senseless murder.”

Through their attorneys, the men declined to comment for this article.  With their home in disarray, they are now living in Virginia.  Their friends and associates are reluctant to speak about them publicly, seeking to protect their privacy.

Price, a lawyer at Arent Fox, also serves on the board of Equality Virginia, a gay rights group, where Ward formerly was development director.

In her e-mailed responses to questions, Kathy Wone cited the investigation in declining to share her view of the men, with whom she was friendly through her husband. She is being advised by Eric H. Holder Jr., a former U.S. deputy attorney general, and Benjamin J. Razi, who work at Covington & Burling, her husband’s former firm.

Describing her emotional state in her e-mail, she said: “It hurts me a great deal to think that whoever took Robert’s life is probably going on with life as usual while I’m struggling to close an enormous, gaping wound and move on; I can’t help but shake my head at that picture of incredible unfairness.”

The Wones met in January 2002 at a conference in Philadelphia, where they struck up a conversation that continued as they took a late-night stroll and ended up at a Cosi cafe eating s’mores. “It was cold that night,” recalled Kathy Wone, a public-interest manager for the American Health Lawyers Association. “But we didn’t feel it.”

Until then, Robert Wone had concentrated on his career, pro bono work and keeping up with a wide network of friends, including Price. Small-framed and boyishly handsome, he often seemed more mature than his years, urging friends to buy life insurance and arrange their wills.

In interviews, friends described him as energetic and earnest, with a touch of street savvy born of growing up in New York. Jason Torchinsky, who had shared an Arlington apartment with Wone, said his friend had kept a baseball bat under his bed for self-defense and carried two wallets — one of them an empty decoy in case he was mugged.

The son of a retired bank executive and teacher, Wone had always been serious. As a youngster growing up in Brooklyn, some classmates at his all-boys Catholic high school predicted that he would be the first Asian American president.

At William & Mary in the mid-1990s, he majored in public policy and immersed himself in student government, through which he became friendly with Price. At exam time, Wone liked to sneak around the library, handing out candy to unsuspecting students. “He was about random acts of kindness,” said classmate Tara Ragone. “It was like a Disney movie.”

Although he seemed a natural politician, remembering names and keeping in touch, Wone shunned the spotlight. “He often said he’d love to be chief of staff,” classmate Michelle Kang said. “He wanted to be the person in the background who made it all happen.”

After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania law school, Wone clerked for a federal judge before landing a job at Covington & Burling. His work was his focus until he met Kathy. Within months, he was talking about marriage. “I was stunned,” Torchinsky said. “I had never seen him so interested in anybody. It was like this instant thing.”

They were married in 2003. Robert turned 30 the next year, an event marked by a party at the home of Price, Zaborsky and Ward, who were then living on Capitol Hill. The Wones bought a townhouse in Oakton and began talking about adopting a baby girl from China.

Then, in the first week of July, Wone started a new job as general counsel at Radio Free Asia, which broadcasts news in Asian countries that do not get free media. It was a dream position, allowing him to be the legal version of a jack-of-all trades.

More than a week before he died, Wone told his wife that he planned to work late Aug. 2, attending a seminar and then making a stop at Radio Free Asia to meet the night staff. He said he might stay over in the city and visit an old friend — either Price or another William & Mary alum. “Robert was trying to kill three birds with one stone,” Kathy Wone wrote. “Attend a class, get to know more of the Radio Free Asia staff and spend time with a friend.”

“I thought it was a great idea,” she recalled. “Our marriage was such that I completely trusted and supported pretty much anything he wanted to pursue.”

A few days later, she said, her husband told her that he’d stay at Price’s house. On the morning of Aug. 2, the couple worked out at their gym and then took Metro into the District. As usual, he walked her to her office, where they kissed goodbye.

At 6 p.m., he arrived at the seminar, after which he called his wife to say good night. At close to 10, he arrived at his office. He stayed for 15 minutes, introducing himself to the staff, before heading off to see his friends on Swann Street.

Staff writers Henri E. Cauvin and Allison Klein contributed to this report.

37 comments for “Advancing The Story

  1. Clio
    10/12/2009 at 1:57 PM

    Ironies abound above; here’s just one: Cosi’s, the scene of Robert and Kathy’s budding courtship, would also be the backdrop for Joe’s CYA breakfast with Sarah and other hangers-on on the morning of August 3, 2006. Different places, of course, but same restaurant — chilling!

    “Killing three birds with one stone” is a very suggestive use of words — to which three birds was Kathy really referring? Given the enormity of her grief, I do not blame her for any unconscious rage.

    The silences of the fellow travelers/enablers of Team Price are amazing; no one, nada, would go on record to defend them. At this point, no one in public knew about the unsavory alt.com angles: so, why was (and is) there this deafening reluctance to embrace the intruder theory in print? Is it because their guilt was (and is) so obvious?

    This was the first article to break with the impromptu version of why Robert stayed: it explicitly showed the planned nature of the visit and the transparency and closeness of the Wone marriage. It still, though, stuck with “the kitchen knife theory,” which later news stories, thanks to more police work, would dispute. Now, we know that the knife found was not the murder weapon.

    Kathy understandably railed against the killer(s) going on as if nothing had happened. Business did go on, of course, as usual for the trouple. With the marriage amendment election in full swing in the Old Dominion, Joe was still legal counsel to Equality Virginia’s board that fall, and he and Victor would attend that W&M alumni event later in the month of October 2006. And, of course, the staged burglary, starring Brother Michael, was only several weeks away, too! Joe would go on to win an appellate court victory in the Jenkins case in November, 2006. At the same time, I’m sure that Dylan was preparing for his study abroad in Thailand. Yuck!

  2. Bea
    10/12/2009 at 4:43 PM

    Well done, eds., and well put, Clio. I so want to know WHEN Victor arrived home – in time for dinner as implied? Afterward, during the pre-party, at which point he said “I’m going to bed”? There have to be records, and I’m hoping MPD has them, but I want to know too. . .

    • Clio
      10/12/2009 at 8:00 PM

      I wonder what a “routine” dinner for 1509 Swann entailed: Dylan as cook and scullery maid for Upstairs; the thoroughly modern Miss Morgan out on the town; Victor arriving late and unannounced; and shop and club talk mixed? Why didn’t Culuket offer Robert any leftovers or even a glass of sherry?

      It was must have been a trying day for Mr. Zaborsky, since he went to bed so quickly and without saying hello to Mr. Wone. I guess that the dairy industry’s long-term decline, despite his best efforts, was foremost in his mind.

      • Clio
        10/12/2009 at 8:03 PM

        Oops, a typo in the post above! Delete the word “was” in the first sentence of the second paragraph above: thanks!

      • Bea
        10/12/2009 at 8:10 PM

        My guess is that “dinner” that night included a well-balanced dose of vitamins: E (or “X” depending on your circles), K (or “Special K”), and other letters.

        • CDinDC
          10/12/2009 at 9:56 PM

          Alphabet Soup

        • Clio
          10/12/2009 at 10:06 PM

          You’re right, Bea. And, here I had thought that the only alphabet soups in Washington referred to the government agencies of the New Deal and the Great Society. Go figure!

          I must be hopelessly old-fashioned for today’s “A-list” because, before retiring for the evening — if I were hosting an old friend — I would have offered Robert (at the very least) to enjoy a rubber of whist, imploring Victor to come downstairs and to be the needed fourth player.

    • Craig
      10/12/2009 at 9:40 PM

      Bea – I often wonder when one of those many lurking readers from IDFA will reach out to us and share something about Victor’s tenure or that particular work trip of his. Got guts?

      • Bea
        10/13/2009 at 12:48 AM

        Excellent! Come on IDFA lurkers! When did he get home that night? That’s all we ask! No one will know who you are.

  3. CuriousInVa
    10/12/2009 at 10:22 PM

    I still don’t think the business trip return story is necessarily contradicted by the 3 man dinner story. Victor’s “early return” could simply mean he wasn’t expected home that day but did make it home. He then learned that Robert would be staying that night. The three men had dinner and Victor went to bed. Where’s the contradiction?

    If anything I think his surprise return suggests Joe and Dylan had their little scheme set up w/ Victor’s absence in mind. Maybe they just decided not to let his return spoil all their fun so went ahead as planned.

    • Craig
      10/13/2009 at 12:06 AM

      I get that Curious. What still doesn’t jive is Zaborsky’s early return home, a routine night and dinner with the family, then retiring sooo early. It’s not like he was exhausted from a day in the fields plowing the north 40. Was he so fatigued he couldn’t keep himself up until 10:30pm?

      And making this even murkier is that Zaborsky went to such lengths to share his trip details and early bedtime with detectives, conveniently putting himself no where near Robert and completey removed from any of the evening’s events. Until his scream of course….

      It’s also hard to believe that Price and Ward, two active and cosmopolitan gay men would retire before 11pm (even on a school night) only minutes after their friend came over as part of a long-planned overnight stay.

      And were Price and Ward the only Project Runway fans in the house? I picture the three of them gathered around the Dumont for appointment TV programs like that.

      The large pieces of this puzzle don’t fit and neither do the myriad of smaller ones. Does seven months until the trial even afford us enough time to sort through all of them?

      • Bea
        10/13/2009 at 12:52 AM

        It still seems murky as to whether Victor had “dinner” with the boys – depending on when he arrived and what he returned “early” FROM. Agree about not plowing the North 40; perhaps some Got Milk? whirlwind tour around the lactose-deficient parts of America?

        • Clio
          10/13/2009 at 12:20 PM

          Perhaps, Victor may have been touring several dairy farms in the Mid-Atlantic states, having just milked a cow himself much earlier that day.

          • CDinDC
            10/13/2009 at 2:06 PM

            Who’s to say Victor wasn’t lying about his schedule.

            I don’t take anything any of them say for the gospel.

            It’s all suspect in my mind. So I don’t get hung up on Victor “saying” he did anything. He’s got just as much to lose as the other two. And he’s sitting in McLean continuing to conspire with the other two.

            • Bea
              10/13/2009 at 2:14 PM

              Maybe the “early-from-business-trip” is true or just the smokescreen for why the trio didn’t all stay up. If he’d stayed up with the group, I think they’d have said so – but perhaps it wasn’t that he was “tired” but that he (1) didn’t want to participate in the slate of activities, OR (2) wasn’t INVITED to participate in the slate of activities. But the business trip should be easily enough confirmed or dismissed by those in law enforcement. Or you’d think.

              • CDinDC
                10/13/2009 at 2:59 PM

                Who knows, maybe Victor was the assailant and they are covering for Victor by saying he went to bed early. Just another way to look at things (not that I think that’s what happened.)

            • AnnaZed
              10/13/2009 at 3:58 PM

              I too am in a mood to discard my previous suppositions about Victor if for no other reason then to go through the exercise of positing an entire scenario with Victor as the alpha perpetrator and the others tucked up on their cots like two wee lambs that night.

              It’s possible.

              Under one version of my own thinking I consider that just because Victor sobbed in a very convincing nelly way on the phone doesn’t mean he didn’t have a part in murdering Robert. Criminals are known to be quiet despairing when they confront the possibility that they might be caught out in a crime and to attempt to use that genuine grief for themselves as cover for grief for a victim. I imagine it’s quiet common actually. I must remind myself that he also lied to the dispatcher ~ a lot.

              Someone (forgive me, I forget who) on this site cast Victor convincingly as the main script writer for the elves fiction; why not try casting him as the main villain? Just because he seems nicer that the other two, which might not be all that hard to achieve, doesn’t mean he couldn’t possibly have done this wicked thing. Someone did it, why not him?

              One of the things that has interested me in the consideration of this crime is the very real possibility that the shock and revulsion that even the most open minded among us might viscerally feel for the sexual tastes of Joe and Dylan might obscure the search for who actually did this hideous thing to Robert. The logical leap from “they were S&M freaks” to “they were S&M freaks that took things too far and murdered someone” seems so plausible and even weirdly comforting because then “they” are the “other” ~ not like us, different ~ so we can comfortably go back to own lives knowing that we are “not like that.”

              I have said before that in my experience S&M is just a taste, like any other. It’s a game with roles and has more in common with play acting than with most violent crime. Maybe Victor, the seeming “normal” one, is the dark horse roiling with unexpressed rage and resentment and jealousy. One school of thought on sexual role-playing is that it provides healthy release for conflicted sexual urges leaving the practitioner more relaxed, happier for having “played out” the fantasy of domination and infliction of pain. A case could be made that it is Victor as the non-participant in the alt.com games who is the unhealthy one, the one most likely to act out in real-world violence.

              Just a thought.

            • Craig
              10/13/2009 at 4:22 PM

              CD – This gets back to the Bill of Particulars and the April status hearing skirmish.

              What exactly constitutes overt acts of conspiracy and do they continue to this day?

              Judge Weisberg says the G doesn’t owe the defense the details. Will that be the case come next May I wonder.

  4. Craig
    10/13/2009 at 12:01 PM

    Bea – We tried to overlay past MilkPEP and Dairy industry meetings & conventions on the August 2 date and found nothing.

    And both the MilkPEP and IDFA websites have been scrubbed pretty cleanly of any mentions of Zaborsky. Searching for him on the MilkPEP site yeilds dozens of possible document, but in each case the link is always the same, “Page not found.”

  5. Clio
    10/13/2009 at 1:59 PM

    This article still maintained the politically correct fiction of Joe and Victor as committed couple and Mr. Ward as platonic friend/colleague. So “friend” Dylan slept through it all, until awoken by Ma’am’s piercing screams? That sleeping pill must have been both powerful and convenient.

    This article also highlighted the tired door chimes motif without “the spider on the light” embroidery. Why would Joe assume that Sarah was returning, if she had told him that she was staying overnight at Tom and John’s? Why would door chimes wake one up, if Dylan and Victor had slept through them?

    The article also had Robert on the sofa bed bleeding: did the author mean the sofa or the bed? Neither piece of furniture, of course, had much blood on them. Furthermore, the door to the guest room was allegedly ajar with no sign of forced entry. Before going to bed either at a hotel, bed and breakfast, or a friend’s home, I always close and lock the door for my (and that of others) privacy. I don’t think that Robert ever got to make that prudent choice.

    • Bea
      10/13/2009 at 2:11 PM

      Well, Dyl said he heard Robert’s door “latch” after the shower. Must’ve been before “his sleeping pill” made him stop reading “his article”.

      • Craig
        10/13/2009 at 2:40 PM

        More seeding the narrative?

      • David
        10/14/2009 at 10:07 AM

        Don’t forget if there was “latch” then the intruder would have had to “break” into Robert’s room, and the police have been consistent in saying there were no signs of forced entry anywhere in the home. This should include a broken latch on Robert’s door.

        David

        • CDinDC
          10/14/2009 at 11:40 AM

          Good point, David. And one never brought up.

    • Mike
      10/13/2009 at 6:31 PM

      Yes, and Officer Durham said the door was only 1/8 of an inch open. Why would a fleeing intruder, fresh from a panic killing, pause to close the door after him / her? In all of the burglary scenes I’ve seen, the exit portal was left wide open. And those were calm, unhurried thieves.

      But, I do see the trouple’s logic – 1/8 of an inch is plenty of room for elves.

      • Craig
        10/14/2009 at 1:31 PM

        Yes Mike, plenty of room for an elf. Or a spider. A very scary and threatening spider.

  6. Clio
    10/13/2009 at 4:17 PM

    This article does capture the optimism, pre-staged-burglary, that any indictment(s) would be done very shortly. It underscores that the investigators “seized” this and that, “keeping control” of the townhouse for almost a month. Only the FBI was holding things up, but just for a little while longer. Yeah, right!

    That optimism would be revealed as very, very premature, when the trick of the burglary — the potential high-water-mark of this conspiracy — may have worked (at least for a short, but key, period) to throw the police off the scent. Then, of course, didn’t the prosecutor resign in 2007 in part because of unrelated misconduct?

    So, are “active” and “urgent” the appropriate adjectives to describe the ongoing and indeterminable investigation? Weeks have turned into months, which have turned into years.

    Conversely, thanks to timely payments of their considerable bills, the defense lawyers seem to be actively and urgently rebutting any and all charges. Only in America, Bernie!

  7. Fascinating
    10/13/2009 at 4:34 PM

    I’m thinking they all had something to do with Wone’s murder, although I’m not coming up with any plausible scenario.

    I just can’t understand why they’re still together in this threesome, 3 years later. If, for instance, one of them went nuts and killed Wone in some drugged-out state, then why would the other 2 cover for him all these years and go through all of the legal expense and public scrutiny?

    And sometimes I even have to assume this was more than a “drugged out” mistake, killing Wone. I can’t come up with any consensual scenario. Certainly Wone would have noticed, if he arrived at 10:30, that one or more of the roommates were tweaking or in a K-hole or whatever?

    The only other scenario I am entertaining in my mind (I’ve mentioned it before and there were not fans of it, LOL) is that there was, indeed, an “intruder” (i.e. not one of the three roommates). That intruder was either (a) an internet “trick” gone bad, or (b) some sort of drug-related person mad about a deal or something like that.

  8. Clio
    10/13/2009 at 7:24 PM

    For the sake of discussion, Fascinating, wouldn’t such an “intruder” have surfaced by now — via the computer and telephone records? And, the police were sure from very early on that the only people in the house that night were its (male) residents plus Robert. An additional person may have served as an emissary to get rid of the naughtiest stuff, but that is far from certain.

    I would like to believe that Victor was not a participant in the murder or the screenwriter for the cover-up, but the longevity and durability of the Triple Alliance does give me pause. Also, did one poster here claim to have seen Victor on or around the day of the staged burglary on a cell phone acting strangely outside of the Swann, or is that my imagination? At any rate, Mr. Zaborsky may be a much better actor than “Karen Walker” ever thought possible, or than that 911 call would lead us to believe.

    • Craig
      10/13/2009 at 7:53 PM

      Clio – Echoing your and Fascinating’s comments, my hurdle with this is how an actual intruder could have effectively blackmailed the trouple into taking the rap on this crime for over three years?

      What could he or she possibly have had on the threesome?

    • CDinDC
      10/13/2009 at 8:15 PM

      Clio, it was not your imagination. I remember that post, as well. I don’t remember the exact wording, but in essence, Victor was acting strangely happy after his house was just robbed.

      I always thought the burglary was arranged.

      What are the odds that a murder AND a burglary happen in the same house and none of the occupants of the house have anything to do either crime.

      Geez….give me some dice. I’m going to Vegas.

      • Clio
        10/13/2009 at 9:03 PM

        BTW, “Ma’am” is still a rather happy camper: see her last Moultrie appearance.

        Does Victor’s sunny demeanor mean: Ignorance is bliss, or I look so much better than my partners in crime that I, at least, will beat this rap?

        • Bea
          10/13/2009 at 9:12 PM

          He’s aged tremendously from what I can tell in the photos – though he’s not packed on the pounds like Joe. I can’t figure out why on Earth the trio hasn’t fractured by now – I just don’t believe all three participated (even if I’m wrong and Victor was the knife-wielding murderer). One of them COULD cop a plea and walk away is my guess; the prosecution would give this to the passive participant in order to get a murder rap on the active killer(s).

          Oh but how I’d love it if he’s already turned state’s witness and is biding his time. But I don’t think Victor has that kind of spine. Or any spine.

          • Perplexed
            10/24/2009 at 7:24 PM

            I think the reason none of them have plead as of yet is b/c they are convinced that they will all walk. Especially b/c they can only be charged with conspiracy right now…it will be interesting when we get closer to the case or during the case to see if it becomes apparent that they will be doing time who cops a plea then….I just don’t think it’s going to happen sooner than that…something new has to prompt it.

  9. She did it
    08/27/2011 at 8:55 AM

    No you won’t, Sarah. Don’t be silly.

    • AnnaZed
      08/27/2011 at 12:18 PM

      Hi She did it. I have missed you. What are you responding to?

      • She did it
        08/27/2011 at 5:40 PM

        Hi A-Z.

        I responded to spam which I thought was posted by the Style Network’s own Ruby – and then the spam was removed (but my out of context comment remained). Irene is keeping my inside this week end and until the power goes out – online. The delicious neighbor Hixson is now on Facebook — I see why the girls were heals over head for that designer — delicious!!! Stay safe, and love to all. . .

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