Is One of the Three Swann Housemates Getting a Free Ride?
There’s a saying in Washington: “The conventional wisdom is always wrong.”
OK, fine for politics. But does it have a broader relevance? We wonder.
A conventional wisdom has developed, with some merit, that two of the three Swann Street housemates – Joe Price and Dylan Ward – are somehow more responsible for what happened August 2nd, 2006 than the third.
It goes something like this: Joe and Dylan were last with Robert in the kitchen while Victor was “asleep” upstairs. Joe, Dylan and Robert head up to their beds; a short time later Robert is discovered murdered yet the two last seen with him are incredulous, freshly scrubbed, and unsettlingly unaware of what has happened. According to several statements, Victor is the first one to break the silence, literally. His scream shatters the house and the night.
In time a story develops: an intruder committed the crime. But questions linger. Perhaps one of the two last seen with Robert – Joe or Dylan – is somehow involved. Maybe a mistake occurred, or maybe someone as-yet unknown played a role. Maybe it was premeditated…maybe someone wanted Robert dead. Maybe is was Joe. Or maybe Dylan.
Or maybe, wonders “AnnaZed”…
“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.”
That’s a thought, alright.
Of all the theories put forward, few if any posit Victor as a prime actor. He was asleep upstairs, home early from a trip, and didn’t even meet Robert when he arrived that night. We hear what sounds like genuine anguish in his 9-1-1 call. Several responding officers note Zaborsky’s emotional state when they arrive, while Joe does the talking and Dylan, apparently, does nothing.
Victor was the charming one, the social one – Joe’s better half. Victor as indulgent partner, Victor as emotionally abused spouse, Victor as unwitting dupe. But almost never: Victor as partner in crime.
Why? Why has Victor become the sympathetic one? How have none of the theories put Victor in the center role? Is it possible that he may have been more involved in the events of that night than either Dylan or Joe? And if not, why not?
If a puzzle doesn’t fit together, one reason might be an overlooked piece.
–posted by Doug