Robert Wone, 32, was murdered on the night of August 2, 2008, while staying with a few friends in Washington D.C. Wone was stabbed in the chest three times, one of those entering his heart and killing him within sixty seconds.
There were three other men home, all whom Wone considered friends, however, all of the other men claim no knowledge of who killed him. This case is mind-boggling and leaves you with the realization that you may need to rethink who you consider friends.
A Future Together
Robert and Kathy Wone were looking forward to an exciting future together. After a beautiful wedding the couple moved into a home in Oakton, Virginia, where Robert worked as a lawyer.
More good news came when Robert, only 32, was offered a prestigious job as the general counsel of Radio Free Asia in D.C.
On any other occasion Robert would have driven home after stopping by the station, a commute of only 30 minutes, but tonight he sought to make a good first impression to the night shift employees by deciding to stopping in.
It was already a long day, an early wake up, a ride on the Metro, and an all-day Continuing Law Education class, and by the time Robert left the station, he was ready for bed.
Fortunately, Robert was an expert planner and two weeks prior he reserved the guest bedroom at a friend’s home, a stunning three-story row house, 1509 Swann Street N.W. in downtown D.C.
A Frantic 911 Call
Around 11:30 pm a 911 dispatcher received a frantic call from Swann Street residence. The caller was a friend of Wones’ and a tenant living in the home. The caller’s name was Victor Zaborsky and can be heard nearly hyperventilation, talking fast, and clearly shaken up.
Zaborsky recalls that him and his partner, Joseph Price (more on him later), heard a chime of the front door, followed by a harrowing scream coming from one floor below.
Zaborsky and his partner ran downstairs to the second story and found Wone dead on the fold out guest bed, a bloody knife resting on the nightstand next to him.
Zaborsky had asked the operator the exact time while on the call, so we know the paramedics arrived on the scene at 11:54 pm.
Standing on the front porch in a white bathrobe and freshly showered was Victor Zaborsky, still on the phone. He led the paramedics upstairs.
“Pulseless, unresponsive, pale and cold to the touch”
The paramedics rush upstairs, stretcher unfolded, not knowing who, or what, to expect next. Before reaching the top stair, they are greeted by another roommate of the home, Dylan Ward.
The EMTs noted Ward kept his mouth shut. And when asked the whereabouts of the victim, Ward simply pointed to the guest bedroom and walked back into his own room.
Robert Wone lays on his back on a foldout bed. The paramedics note he is “pulseless, unresponsive, pale and cold to the touch.”
Paramedics knew that reviving him now would be a futile effort.
Wone’s night guard was in his mouth. He was wearing green nylon gym shorts and a grey and white William and Mary tee. When Kathy Wone was asked about Robert’s routine, she told police that her husband also wore the night guard to bed, but never wore a shirt because of excessive night sweating.
Robert’s wallet and personal items were laid neatly on the room’s desk and on the nightstand next to his corpse was a black handled steel bladed kitchen knife. The knife was smeared with Robert’s blood.
Keep Your Friends Closer
An hour after Wone arrived at his friend’s townhome he was gruesomely murdered, but not one of the three men in the house would admit to any knowledge of the crime.
These three men and roommates were living in a “polyamorous” relationship (threesome partnership with consent of each party) and considered themselves a “family”.
The house’s owner, Joseph Price, had known Wone for several years when they first met at William and Mary University. The other two men, Victor J. Zaborsky (the 911 caller), and Dylan M. Ward (a massage therapist), met Robert Wone later, but still considered themselves “friends”.
Joseph Price was a successful lawyer focusing much of his time on gay rights equality campaigns. Price began a relationship with Victor Zaborsky in 2001, adding Dylan Ward into the group in 2003.
The entire relationship revolved around Joseph Price, whom shared half of his personal time with Zaborsky, and the other half with Dylan Ward separately.
Both Price and Zaborsky attended the Wones’ wedding in 2003.
A Murder Staged
The official autopsy of Robert Wone introduces more questions than it gives answers to what actually happened. All three of the stab wounds in the victim’s chest were “unusually uniform in dimension, orientation, and depth.”
Usually when a victim is repeatedly stabbed, the incisions differ in depths and dimensions. This is the result of the victims as he struggles for survival, however, this was not the case in Wone’s murder, meaning that he must have been incapacitated (drugged) or bound and was not able to control his movements.
Also noted was many small “needle puncture marks” on the right ankle, left neck, chest, hand, and forearm inside the left elbow, all which showed “evidence of medical intervention.”
Was Robert Wone Drugged? And if so, with what?
It is no doubt that Wone died a horrific and agonizing murder. The medical examiner noted one stab perforated his heart at the aortic root and transected his left anterior descending coronary artery, causing acute cardiac tampeneade which effectively shut down his heart and caused him to become unconscious within 60 seconds of the injury.
The autopsy also noted two other stab wounds, one penetrating the diaphragm, the third incision slicing through his small intestine.
Dissatisfied with the lack of cooperation with all three tenants, police decide to tear apart the Swann Street home, desperate to find any clues.
What they found was rather shocking.
In one of the men’s closets contained large box of Ecstasy pills and BDSM sex toys, including but not limited to an electric shock simulation device known as the Erostek 302R.
This device includes a cock ring that fits around the penis of the user, (or victim), to stimulate an arousal effect. The final result being a forced ejaculation either desired or not.
Robert Wone was bounded and/or drugged and forced to ejaculate.
The medical examiner also verified that this device was most likely used on Robert as his own semen (just his) was found on his testicles and inside his anus.
The fact was apparent that Robert Wone was sexually assaulted before he was stabbed to death.
With the evidence made publically available, one can easily deduce that one, two, or all of the three roommates were involved, or knew who was involved, in the murder of Robert Wone.
Charges were levied on all three roommates including tampering with evidence and conspiracy charges, but all parties were acquitted by a bench judge noting that she also believed the men handled the murder, or knew who was, but there was not enough evidence to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
The killer(s) of Robert Wone are still walking free today.