Part two of the Washington Post's bizarre story on the murder of Robert Wone is out, and it includes the police's disturbing theory of how and why they think Wone's friends—a "polyamorous" gay threesome—stabbed him to death. It involves something called "electro-ejacualation."
Wone, a 32-year-old lawyer, was murdered in a million-dollar townhouse in a tony D.C. neighborhood owned by his friends Joseph Price and Victor Zaborsky, both successful and politically active professionals, in August 2006. Zaborsky and Price were married, and they lived with Price's lover, Dylan Ward, with whom he was in a "dominant-submissive sexual relationship." Price, Zaborsky, and Ward say an intruder entered the house while Wone was sleeping over in a guest bedroom and killed him. The police think the trio "restrained, incapacitated, sexually assaulted and murdered him."
Among the mysteries of Wone's death—aside from the lack of blood, the paramedics' suspicion that his body had been "showered, redressed, and placed in the bed" they found him in when they arrived, and the needle marks indicating that he had been injected with something before he died—is the fact that semen was found in and around the purportedly straight, married man's anus. His own semen.
Law enforcement has a theory about that.
As for the semen on and in Wone's body being his own, [the prosecutor] explained at a court hearing how investigators think the alleged assault occurred. "The government has now, courtesy of experts, learned a lot more about electro-ejaculation than frankly this counsel ever knew," he said. "And there was, indeed, an electrocution unit in Mr. Ward's bedroom that can produce electric ejaculation of a person who is under anesthetic or otherwise incapacitated."
Wikipedia helpfully explains:
Electroejaculation is usually carried out under a general anesthetic. An electric probe is inserted into the rectum adjacent to the prostate. The probe delivers a slight electric current that stimulates nearby nerves, resulting in contraction of the pelvic muscles and ejaculation. This procedure is used frequently with large mammals, particularly bulls and some domestic animals, as well as humans who have certain types of paralysis or erectile dysfunction.
The police's suspicions about the three men developed immediately. Here's a snippet from Price's interrogation on the night of the murder:
In an interrogation room, for example, Detective Daniel Wagner, then a 23-year veteran of the force, goaded Price, saying it was obvious to him that the men had planned to make Wone a part of their family that night.
"I got three homosexuals in the house and I got one straight guy," Wagner said to Price. "What's he doing over there? What's he doing over there?"
Then he answered his own question. "I think we were all drinking wine," the detective said. And he imagined the men's thoughts toward their visitor: "You are coming to Jesus tonight; that's what is going on tonight."
It's just like CSI. The trio still have not been indicted for murder, but prosecutors have charged them with obstruction of justice.
Other evidence reportedly buttressing the police's theory of the murder is the fact that forensic experts say Wone's stab wounds don't match the knife found near his body, but they do match the one knife that happened to be missing from a cutlery set belonging to Ward, a culinary school graduate. In Zaborsky, Price, and Ward's defense, the Post says the "come to jesus" theory requires them to have drugged, raped, electro-ejaculated and murdered Wone inside 79 minutes—the apparent amount of time that had elapsed between Wone's arrival at their house and the time Zaborsky called 911.
A law enforcement source described the case to the Post as "a frustrating head-scratcher." Zaborsky, Price, and Ward have moved to
Florida the Washington suburbs, where they still live together as a family. Zaborsky and Price have also purchased an investment property in Florida, which might come in handy if they lose Wone's widow's wrongful death lawsuit against them—Florida's homestead laws would prevent her from seizing it if they make it their primary residence.