10 Questions for Sarah Morgan, Swann Street’s Fourth
As the lilacs fade and the calendar edges closer to May, the seeds from some of the unanswered questions we’ve planted over are beginning to sprout. The garden needs to be weeded and tended. Let’s all grab our spades.
Among the flowers that have failed to bloom is one called Sarah Morgan (Bellis perennis Morganis.) As the rarely mentioned fourth member of the 1509 Swann Street family, she remains the most mysterious…and silent.
What we know about Sarah is eclipsed by what we don’t know…save for a suspicion that she may hold one or two keys to solving Robert’s murder. Time is running out to ask questions and try to get them answered.
To jump start this effort, we offer 10 questions for Sarah, after the jump.
Oh…and your questions are welcome, also.
Question 1: Sarah, when did you first know Robert would be staying over that night?
Reading the transcripts it’s clear not every one of the Swann Street housemates knew of Robert’s sleep-over plans at the same time. Digging into what we know, we can say Robert and Joe had planned a sleep-over well in advance of August 2nd, 2006. The transcripts also confirm that Victor – home early from a work trip – was the last to know with just hours to go. Joe knew first, then Dylan, then Victor. When did Sarah find out?
Question 2: Sarah, how often did you spend the night at your friends Tom and John’s?
The transcripts of the three defendant’s voluntary (at least in two cases) statements suggest Sarah was prone to spending time with her friends ‘Tom and John’, and that she would occasionally spend the night after an evening of socializing. But they also suggest she would sometimes make a late call and decide to return home. The Congressional Calendar indicates August 2nd was in the first week of the summer recess. When did Sarah decide to spend the night?
Question 3: Sarah, when did you contact your friends about coming over, and did you ask to spend the night?
What’s the difference between a planned stay and a spur-of-the-moment decision? Perhaps not much. But perhaps an insight into what Sarah knew, and what she expected, that evening on Swann Street to be like.
Question 4: Sarah, how often did you spend the night at a friend’s house?
We know that Tom and John weren’t the only places Sarah would visit to socialize and occasionally spend the night. While fortunate to have such good friends, it also suggests someone who doesn’t spend a lot of time at home. If that’s so, why? Would Sarah have possibly become uncomfortable with the living arrangement? Did she feel part of the Swann family…or was there distance growing?
Question 5: Sarah, how often did you use the front door at 1509, and how often did you use the rear entrances?
The defendants say that Sarah would use either the front door or rear entrances. A tenant might feel more compelled to use the back entrance unobtrusively, but a member of the family would likely feel more comfortable coming in the front. And what about time of day? Would a younger woman walking alone in DC feel safer using the front street door, or the back alley entrance? Oh…and Sarah, do you recall which door you used that night?
Question 6: Sarah, just how much did you hear of what was happening in 1509 Swann?
There has been plenty of discussion about what may have been happening at 1509 Swann…some of it possibly involving a fairly serious infliction of pain. The housemates themselves acknowledged the size of the house (small) and its acoustics. What wasn’t discussed publicly – yet – is how the activities between Joe and Dylan – none of which are illegal – may have affected the overall acoustic environment of 1509.
Question 7: Sarah, who is your friend?
While not part of the public record, we have learned that Victor was the first of the Trouple you knew. He was first your friend, then later your entrance to the larger family. With suggestions that the family may be splintering, Sarah may be left with a painful decision to choose who of the three she is currently closest with. Or perhaps…
Question 8: Sarah, are you still close with Joe, Victor and Dylan?
She has apparently only seen her former housemates a few times since leaving. To our memory, she hasn’t once been at Moultrie to offer support. Is Sarah no longer friends with her former housemates? And if not, why not?
Question 9: Sarah, did you spend any other nights around August 2nd away from Swann, and did you have any communications with Victor while he was on his work trip?
Question 10: Sarah, when will you tell all that you know?
-posted by Doug