Kathy Wone mourned. She went to grief counseling once a week and tried hard to heal. She went back to work part time. She tried to see friends.
But 26 months after Robert Wone was stabbed to death inside his friends%E2%80%99 million-dollar townhouse near Dupont Circle, the killing became a tabloid sensation, and Kathy Wone said she had to start mourning all over again.
Police charged the three friends %E2%80%94 who were involved in a sexual relationship with one another %E2%80%94 with conspiracy and tampering with the crime scene to conceal the identity of the killer. Fourteen pages of court documents detailed what prosecutors think happened in the upstairs bedroom where Wone was killed.
Robert Wone, 32, was probably drugged into a paralytic-like state and sexually assaulted, the documents said. There was no sign of a struggle. Nothing was stolen. And police found sadomasochistic sex toys and machines in the elegant house.
%E2%80%9CIt was a huge shock for me. It pushed me way back. I felt like Robert had been killed all over again,%E2%80%9D Kathy Wone, now 40, said Wednesday in her first extensive interview since her husband was slain Aug. 2, 2006.
Wone spoke on the day that she settled her wrongful death lawsuit against the three men: Joseph Price, 40, Victor J. Zaborsky, 45 and Dylan Ward, 40. Price, Zaborsky and Ward denied any involvement in the killing, and they were acquitted in the criminal case by a Superior Court judge. They said someone broke into the house and killed Wone. No one has ever been charged in the actual stabbing.
Terms of the civil settlement were not disclosed Wednesday. But in a far-ranging interview Kathy Wone spoke about her husband, her life since he died and the three men she sued.
%E2%80%9CI am moving on. I want to spend the next 40 years of my life focusing on good,%E2%80%9D said Wone, a petite, reserved woman with a slightly dimpled, shy smile.
Wone said she looks forward to the next phase of her life, including a trip in October to Korea, where her mother was born.
Moving ahead without her husband, she said, has been challenging. She still smiles when she talks about Robert Wone, whom she referred to as the %E2%80%9Ccute%E2%80%9D and %E2%80%9Cnerdy%E2%80%9D man she had known for more than four years, three of them as husband and wife.
%E2%80%9CI miss Robert every day,%E2%80%9D said Kathy Wone, an attorney at the American Health Lawyers Association.
%E2%80%9CNot a day goes by when I don%E2%80%99t think about him. It%E2%80%99s tough going through each day without the person you assumed you%E2%80%99d spend the rest of your life with. I%E2%80%99m getting better at it. It%E2%80%99s lonely.%E2%80%9D