Violent crime in DC is not unexpected by any stretch of the imagination. It is a trade-off many residents make in exchange for living in close proximity to the kinds of amenities that only cities can offer. While murder is always senseless, we can generally assign a reason why it happened (robbery, gang-related, revenge, etc.) and who likely committed it, whether or not the murder is actually solved. When we cannot assign such a reason, that is when a real-life murder mystery is born.
Enter the case of Robert E. Wone, a lawyer from Oakton, VA, who was murdered in a row house at 15th and Swann Streets NW (not far from where DC Avenger lives) two and a half years ago, in August 2006. His three friends who owned the house claimed that an intruder broke in and stabbed Mr. Wone while slept, killing him.
Upon first hearing, this sounds more or less like a familiar sad story of crime in the city. However, the story told by the three roommates had many inconsistencies and did not hold up upon closer examination as the police discovered that the men had tampered with the crime scene, and the three men have emerged as the main suspects.
While the case slowly (VERY slowly) crawls forward, four DC men are doing their best to keep the investigation alive. Recently featured in an article in the Metro Weekly, the men, Craig Brownstein, Michael Kremin, David Greer and Douglas Johnson, run a blog dedicated to investigating the case, examining the evidence, and keeping the public spotlight shining on the investigation. The Who Murdered Robert Wone blog breaks down the case, examines the evidence and the legal documents, explores the lives of Mr. Wone and the three men believed to have murdered him, and ultimately hopes to find justice for Robert Wone.
Thank you to Craig Brownstein for sending me information about the blog and the Metro Weekly article. –DCA