Hathos

04/04/2010
By Craig

WMRW Asks WWRD? 

On the seventh day, they kept posting.

Holidays have been marked here before, and maybe this day in particular is worth a rare Sunday post, since much of what we’ve learned about Robert’s life and contributions were deeply rooted in his faith in God and his fellow man.

In addition to learning about Robert’s all-too-short life, we’ve all taught ourselves about the law, forensic sciences, the investigative process and byzantine criminal justice system.   Every now and then, a new word too: 

HATHOS:  (HAY.thohs; TH as in thin) n. Feelings of pleasure derived from hating someone or something.  —hathotic adj.

No, this word hasn’t made the cut at Merriam-Webster’s;  trawl online to the Urban Dictionary for the definition.  You spend enough time online and you’ll see hathos played out everyday, often on these pages;  a concern when it rises in pitch.

No finger wagging or pointing, no preaching; we ourselves are guilty of throwing the occasional sharp elbow or two.  Going forward, at a critical time in this long affair, we ask for continued critical thinking, informed skepticism, cool heads and temperate words. Very temperate.

We didn’t know him; we wish we lucky enough to have.  Even in death he can serve as a role model.  All we’ll ask is, what would Robert do?

OK, another ask:  Please dig deep once again and make a contribution to the Robert Wone Memorial Trust.  Robert’s family established the trust, in which funds are distributed to some of his favorite projects and causes. 

REW Memorial Trust  c/o Holtzman Vogel, PLLC
45 North Hill Drive, Suite 100
Warrenton, VA   20186

Monday afternoon will find us staring into the abyss again, at another status hearing, perhaps the last one before trial.  Until then, let’s enjoy the sunrise.

-Craig, Doug, Michael and David

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4 Responses to “ Hathos ”

  1. Clio on 04/04/2010 at 11:08 AM

    Happy Easter to all! Give generously to the Wone Trust, and pray for Lynn’s health.

    Any bit of Hathos or Schadenfreude shown on these pages is more than outweighed (literally) by the Hubris shown by the Triple Alliance. And, Hubris is in the standard dictionaries: the ancient Greeks, of course, saw it as the most deadly of sins. Look it up, Michael!

  2. N.M. on 04/04/2010 at 5:17 PM

    God bless, boys. God bless.

  3. Vandy on 04/04/2010 at 7:02 PM

    Sorry folks but after reading this I instead took my leftover Sunday dinner and gave it to a homeless person, and also gave 20 bucks to a homeless family. This way I know where my money is going. I don’t trust attorneys.

    • Anonymous Friend on 04/04/2010 at 9:02 PM

      There is no right way to share and try to make a difference. I’m so glad you did what felt right to you. Robert was about random acts of kindness of all types, and I have no doubt he’s smiling and saying thanks. I, too, thank you. Let’s all keep challenging ourselves to act on our good intentions. We can do so much if we just stop talking and start doing. Thank you, Editors.

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Purpose of this Site

On August 2nd, 2006, Washington attorney Robert E. Wone was murdered at 1509 Swann Street. Over two years passed before any criminal charges were filed - and then only conspiracy, obstruction of justice and crime scene tampering charges were brought against the Swann Street housemates, all present in the home on the night of the murder: Joe Price, Dylan Ward and Victor Zaborsky.

On May 17, 2010, a DC Superior Court trial got underway and all three defendants were all acquitted in that bench trial on those pending charges.

Nearly four years later, very little seems clear about what happened that night and who murdered Robert Wone. A cloud of suspicion remains over the Swann Street defendants who have denied any involvement in the murder of their friend or in the alleged cover up.

Judge Lynn Leibovitz found a moral certainty in their collective guilt, but not evidentiary certainty. Civil proceedings in a wrongful death suit filed by Robert's family is the next chapter in this tragic story.

We continue to work together seeking answers to the mystery of Robert Wone's murder and in finding justice for his memory and legacy.

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