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Web site grows out of fascination with Robert Wone killing

Robert Wone, the general counsel for Radio Free Asia, was apparently sexually assaulted and then stabbed to death within 90 minutes of arriving at a gay friend's house in the 1500 block of Swann Street NW near Dupont Circle in 2006.

No one has been charged with his murder, but the three housemates who were present that night have been charged with covering up the crime. With that trial set to begin Monday in D.C. Superior Court, the four friends who run the Who Murdered Robert Wone? Web site -- all gay men who happened to live near the crime scene -- are preparing to go gavel-to-gavel with updates and analysis live on the blog and on Twitter, complete with RSS feeds.

From today's Post:

It's the slightly obsessive brainchild of Craig Brownstein, 52, vice president for media relations at the Edelman public relations firm; Doug Johnson, 45, a producer at Voice of America; Michael Kremin, 53, a digital-media consultant; and David Greer, 45, a speechwriter at the National Association of Realtors. Struck by the lack of coverage of the case in 2008, they set up the site as a simple blog and watched it balloon into an after-hours project so in-depth they are hiring an intern to help cover the trial.

"Every murder victim should have an indefatigable investigation into their case," Brownstein says. "Some murder cases get a lot of attention, and some don't. This one did not. We understood the magnitude of loss here, a life like Robert's, and were struck by the Rubik's Cube nature of the murder investigation itself. We decided to devote ourselves to bringing as much attention to the case as possible."

Here is the full story by Neely Tucker.

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 17, 2010; 8:19 AM ET
Categories:  Technology , The District , Unsolved  
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