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Washington, D.C. has been speculating as to the circumstances of Robert Wone‘s death since the popular local attorney was discovered, unresponsive and with pristine stab wounds to the chest, in a Logan Circle townhouse in August of 2006. Now three men—-Michael, David, and Doug—-are profiling the case closely through a blog titled “Who Murdered Robert Wone?,” which they launched in December of last year.
Today, the bloggers answered some questions about why they bother. “An anonymous comment came into the site asking if we knew the murder victim, since we posted a picture of his final resting place,” writes Wone blogger David, who ostensibly traveled to Falls Church to visit the grave site of a man he never knew. “My answer which explains our interest, or more honestly, or fascination, which I thought should a blog post in itself.”
The answer? The men are three gay D.C. residents who claim no personal stake in the case. Their perspective is important for that reason, as “many of the individuals caught in this web of desire and deceit, just like all of us, display deep conflicts that cut like the missing knife through the shiny veneer of our time and place,” writes David. Their full explanation of the blog, after the jump.
Anonymous, thanks for the question. I nor the other two authors of this site knew Robert Wone personally. We also didn’t know any of the defendants. But since we are three gay men who have lived in Washington DC for several years, we have discussed the situation with people and friends who do know the defendants personally.
We felt that since we did not know either party we could bring a dispassionate eye to a discussion of the case.
We are very mindful of the fact that there are victims who have suffered a loss that time will never heal. Robert Wone’s murder is tragic in every sense of the word, and because of that it transcends the crime itself, speaking directly to who we are as a people, the time in which we live, and the communities we developed to live our lives. Communities based on race, and class, and on sexual orientation. More narrowly, many of the individuals caught in this web of desire and deceit, just like all of us, display deep conflicts that cut like the missing knife through the shiny veneer of our time and place.
This is why we went to the trouble of starting this site, and are doing things such as tracking down Robert’s final resting place. This is a story that is bigger than all of us.