Where’s Ward-o?

Where's Ward-o?

Where's Ward-o?

Could A Black-Out Spell Out Dylan Ward’s Where Abouts?

During the 2004 Presidential Campaign, CBS News ran a story critical of President George W. Bush’s service in the Air National Guard. Right-leaning political bloggers immediately raised questions about the authenticity of the documents.

They argued that the documents were more than likely forgeries because the typography used was not available in the late 1960s, the time when the documents would have been created.  The story highlighted the clash between old and new media. In the end old media took a hit as long-time CBS anchor Dan Rather resigned, while new media bloggers earned new found respect.

Ripping a page from this playbook, WMRW sought to answer a question about where defendant Dylan Ward is currently living.

While we didn’t need to go to the lengths that those bloggers did in 2004, we did apply the same rigorous standards. What we found wasn’t a total surprise. More importantly though, if our calculations hold up, it could answer a few questions about state of the relationship between the defendants as they head towards the civil trial.

What did we learn?

Let us first explain our method.  We took the pages from Ward’s interrogatory where redactions occurred (pages 8 and 12 in Exhibit B).  We then recreated each of those pages with the same font, Courier, and font size, 12.  We measured the the length of the redactions in character spaces, then we added in our educated guesses for a potential location where Ward could be living.  In each case we found an exact match for the Miami Shores, Florida location (no surprise there.) More interestingly, we also found an exact match for address where Ward is living to be the same as the Miami Shores home owned by Joe Price and Victor Zaborsky. We have uploaded our version for our readers’ review.

If our calculations hold up, what could this mean?  First, it would indicate that Dylan Ward did not move back home to the city where he grew up and his parents currently live,  Tacoma, Washington.  Secondly, it would seem to indicate that the relationship between Ward and Price is still together is some sort of fashion, even at minimum as a tenant (Ward) to landlord (Price and Zaborsky).

We also found that there was no match for Tacoma, Washington or anywhere in Taiwan or other previously known locations where Dylan Ward has been known to have lived.  We are under no illusions that other potential locations could probably fit here, which is why wouldn’t offer this up with complete certainty.

We look forward to learning what our dedicated and committed readers are able to decipher in those mysterious black blocks.

— David

Original deposition with redaction:

40 comments for “Where’s Ward-o?

  1. TT
    01/19/2011 at 2:42 PM

    Hi Editors, could you please explain your method in obtaining this information. I am so not technical.

    • David
      01/19/2011 at 3:17 PM


      Not sure what you are asking here. The interrogatory of Dylan Ward in the civil suit was publically-released with redactions for where he lived and his home address. All we did was re-create the interrogatory with the same font and font size and added in previously known locations of where Dylan lived to see if it would fit the redactions, and the Miami Shores address and city did fit the redactions exactly.

      Does that answer your question?


  2. CDinDC
    01/19/2011 at 4:41 PM

    Any word on Ma’am’s location?

    • Craig
      01/19/2011 at 9:50 PM

      CD: Just a guess, but I’ll say both Vic and Price are still in DC. And it’s entirely possible that some of the depositions have already taken place by now. The December 8 status hearing cleared the way for them to resume, so more than likely, one or more may have been completed.

      It’s all guesswork, however. Radio silence from both sides since then and nothing has been added to the Court database since December 30.

      • Clio
        01/20/2011 at 10:24 PM

        Craig: if both Vic and Joe are still in DC, then are they still living together as wife and man? Or, have they at least changed to 1950s TV-style twin beds like Lucy and Ricky? And, if Dyl is the new and more svelte Sarah, then is he paying more in rent than she did? Or, is his rent paid in services and silences rendered?

        • CDinDC
          01/21/2011 at 9:12 AM

          Clio says: “Or, is his rent paid in services and silences rendered?”

          Maybe that’s what living at the Miami Shores spread represents. Free room and board in retirement land.

          • Clio
            01/21/2011 at 7:59 PM

            Hush, hush sweet Dyl: what luck that it is to be a lettered lady of leisure in such relatively luxurious (compared to the city brig) circumstances! If s/he is writing for English as a second language audience, then what autobiographical details may emerge in her/his novellas and plays? Will “just say no” be a didactic theme in these works and why?

        • Craig
          01/22/2011 at 10:16 AM

          Clio: Vic and Joe’s whereabouts are unclear. It’s probably safe to assume Price is the 5th wheel of the legal team but that doesn’t mean he has to do it from DC. Ward counsel Ralph Spooner manages his piece of the case and trial from Salem, Oregon, after all.

          The Spooner thing still makes me wonder what the Schertler-Spagnoletti-Jennings, et al., roles will be in the trial. Are they trying to walk away from this? Or with their big win over the summer in the criminal, do they stay the course and go for the sweep? As they say, nothing succeeds like success.

          Speaking of the Pacific Northwest, we turn our attention there next week.

  3. Clio
    01/19/2011 at 10:46 PM

    Remember that Dyl’s most recent ad was for outcalls only. Why? If Vic and Joe are safely in DC, then why wouldn’t Dyl set up a studio for incalls at the Miami Shores home? Not all of his clients might be able to host. And, why would that ad disappear in the last week? Has his client base reached a saturation point? Hmmm.

    • susan
      01/19/2011 at 10:59 PM

      Clio, Maybe the outcalls only was to protect against any liabilities or questionable activity that in the end would reflect on Price/Z as the legal owners. Also, if business were conducted there, then perhaps it would be necessary to procure a business license for the place which maybe meant a public records of such or maybe was something P/Z did not agree to.

      Editors, that was very clever, thanks. I imagine that their collective position is what it seemed to be during the recent criminal trial: United we stand….

      That is certainly the image that I rec’d from the brief time I was in the courtroom. It seemed to be a united front. VZ seemed just as united and defiant about it. But we all see things filtered through our own biases, etc. That’s just what I saw.

      • AnnaZed
        01/19/2011 at 11:03 PM

        Well, I would think that working on an out-call basis it would be easier to assault and murder the clients if the urge came over you, wouldn’t it?

  4. TT
    01/20/2011 at 8:02 AM

    Yes thank you David.

  5. Michael
    01/20/2011 at 10:18 AM

    Before I read this article, I just want to say, that picture of Ward-o is a Photoshop DISASTER!!

    • Clio
      01/21/2011 at 8:03 PM


  6. Michael
    01/20/2011 at 10:26 AM

    After reading this article, I just want to say, “Clever girl”

  7. Bill 2
    01/20/2011 at 11:51 AM

    Deed restrictions and zoning regulations would not allow a business to operate in that residence.

  8. boofoc
    01/20/2011 at 11:56 AM

    Yea, right, Anna: I’ll try to remember that next time I’m tempted to lie naked splayed out on my back awaiting the masseur.

    Concerning Lil Dyl’s using the Miami Shores home as a massage in-call base, as I tried to explain when I visited there some months ago and was accused of stalking, it’s not gay-infested Wilton Manor or even downtown Ft. LaDeeDa or Miami’s South Beach. It’s seemingly a family-oriented neighborhood with children’s swings, scooters, bikes, etc., on the front sidewalks. I’m not sure Dyl’s clients will stand out, but……………arriving – perhaps in taxis – panting in anticipation on an hourly basis? I don’t know.

    • AnnaZed
      01/20/2011 at 11:58 AM

      I am pretty sure that prostitution would be a little conspicuous at that local, yes.

  9. sixdegrees
    01/21/2011 at 11:43 AM

    Guys, this is brilliant!

  10. susan
    01/21/2011 at 8:15 PM

    The Miami Shores address seems to be the same (or formerly the same?)as something called “Plantscape.” Can that be correct?

    • CDinDC (boycott BP)
      01/21/2011 at 8:57 PM

      I think that was a business of a former resident. I researched it a while back and everything seemed to point to a business pre-trio ownership.

    • Clio
      01/21/2011 at 9:01 PM

      LOL!! “Plantscape” sounds like a resort for houseplants: does Ma’am come by and water them around 10? At any rate, if that is true, the property may have zoned for business in the past.

  11. Bill Orange
    01/22/2011 at 12:02 PM

    I would guess that Florida real-estate law is going to be a big factor here. A primary residence in Florida can’t be taken away from them if they lose the civil suit, can it? I seem to vaguely recall that from the OJ trial. If they rent the house out, would they be in danger of losing it if they lose the civil suit? If so, then there’s a very good reason to let Dylan live there rent-free.

    • Clio
      01/22/2011 at 1:07 PM

      So, if Dyl is living rent-free, is unemployed, and is only doing massage as a hobby, then what is he doing all day? I would think that Miami as opposed to Tacoma would be better for depression caused by lack of sunlight, but would it be better for a forty-something man/child with no clear future or career path? One wonders.

  12. Hoya Loya
    01/22/2011 at 5:30 PM


    You clearly have inside information about the judge in which many of us would be interested, but your hints have been vague.

    If you can give a clearer description of what is “as anticipated,” what those of use who don’t know Rankin should expect and why we should fasten our seatbelts, I’m sure it would stimulte valuable discussion.

    Do you think he will be good for the plaintiffs? For the defense? Tough (fairly or otherwise) on both sides? For getting to the bottom of the murder? Not tolerant of suits that may be founded on shaky ground or of frivolous defense conduct?

    I’m all ears and I’m sure others will be too. If you were clearer at an earlier point, my memory is faulty and a refresher would be great.

    • susan
      01/22/2011 at 9:43 PM

      Denton, boofoc is an attorney.

  13. AnnaZed
    01/22/2011 at 5:50 PM

    That’s interesting stuff Rich, thanks. Pity that you feel compelled to lace your informative posts with all of this nasty invective. It’s such a drag.

  14. AnnaZed
    01/22/2011 at 7:29 PM

    Well thanks anyway, I was interested in your observations about the judge. I do hope that his less “politically correct,” as you term it, mindset helps shake loose some information for the criminal case.

  15. boofoc
    01/22/2011 at 9:00 PM

    Bill Orange: Florida’s “Homestead Act” provides that a Florida resident who owns fee simple poperty may apply for “homestead” designation of his property if it is his/her/their primary residence. “Primary residence” is determined by intent, and intent is indicated by several things such as voter registration, automobile registration, driver’s license, children’s school registration, etc. Renting the property to another would obviously negate the primary residence requirement. Homesteaded property is not subject to attachment by another.

    • Bill Orange
      01/23/2011 at 10:56 AM

      How frequently, if ever, is the “homestead” designation nullified by a court? I would guess that it’s rare but that it probably happens every once in a while in cases where someone is trying to dodge property taxes.

      • Bill 2
        01/23/2011 at 7:10 PM

        Toward the end of 2010, O.J. Simpson’s neighbor complained to the State that Simpson should no longer be getting Homestead Exemption on his property since he’s in jail and no longer living there. The State did not agree with the neighbor so that property is still getting a tax break.

        • AnnaZed
          01/23/2011 at 7:15 PM

          I wonder what precedent there is though for people who obviously don’t live at their Florida properties like I would say Joe and Victor obviously don’t. Driver’s Licenses don’t tell the whole story. I would imagine that Florida is very generous in its definition of this or it couldn’t function so well as a haven. I wonder if one could have private eyes keeping track of where people actually live and use that or some thing.

          • Bill 2
            01/25/2011 at 12:19 AM

            As soon as I heard that they owned that property, I figured it was Price’s way to protect some of his money from a court judgement. I looked up the address on one of those photo views from above (Google Earth maybe?) and you could see that the garage entrance is in the rear and there’s a high fence around the pool that’s adjacent to the garage. That means neighbors can’t see who is coming and going unless they glimpse the occupants of the car. Thus, they can’t say that Price and Zaborsky are never around because there are signs of life around the house.

            By having the live-in poolboy, Ward, occupying the house, the neighbors would only be aware that “someone” is livng there; that it’s not sitting empty.

            It seems that if there comes a time to show that Price and Zaborsky don’t live in the Florida house, there would have to have been surveillance in metro DC to show that they were living up there full time. Does anyone doubt that they’ll try to claim that they spend a lot of time in Florida and that it’s their primary residence?

  16. Clio
    01/22/2011 at 10:42 PM

    I guess that R3 is discussing only the judge and case, but, have they, like Bette Davis in “All About Eve,” found themselves “Aged in Wood,” the play that her character found herself doing.

    Your use of “politically correct” to describe Lynn, a Bush appointee, is a troublesome one: what does that mean? And specifically, what new info will come out of the civil case, in your opinion, given the likes and dislikes of Judge Michael?

  17. CDinDC (boycott BP)
    01/23/2011 at 12:41 AM

    Re “R3″…..I’m sure the editors of this blog will never venture over to another blog and bad mouth and trash talk the moderators the way certain people do here. The editors of this blog have always been professional and fair. Too fair sometimes. They put up with too much nonsense, in my opinion. As more of a reader/lurker these days, I can see what the anonymous readers across the country/world see.

  18. AnnaZed
    01/23/2011 at 12:54 AM

    I’m going to have to look up his verdicts somehow now I guess because in the examples given the verdicts were, of course, rendered by juries. Are there cases where he has been called upon to actually render the verdict as Judge Leibovitz was called upon to do that we should take note of?

    • AnnaZed
      01/23/2011 at 11:24 AM

      Still on my first cup of French Market http://www.frenchmarketcoffee.com/ café au lait, so I could be bungling some important component of my search, but so far Mr. Google isn’t serving up any verdicts from Judge Michael L. Rankin. Many sentencings
      ., but no verdicts. Are there some particular cases of note where this judge has been called upon to render the verdict as well as preside that we should be aware of (and that I am somehow too obtuse to locate)?

  19. AnnaZed
    01/23/2011 at 1:37 PM

    Humm … what happened here? Now my comments look a tad bereft of logic; more so than usual I mean.

    • Craig
      01/23/2011 at 2:10 PM

      AZ – Just some minor bugs we’re dealing with.

      • david
        01/23/2011 at 5:58 PM


        If I remember correctly from the criminal trial, when it is a bench trial, the judge does not issue a “verdict” — only juries can do that — so it would be a “decision” you would be looking up. That may help as you search for Rankin’s decisions.

        David, co-ed.

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