“Men’s Parties” 911 Caller: “They Didn’t Want to Call the Police”
It's been over a month since a man died inside an underground sex club at 1618 14th Street NW. The club, operated by David J. Butler and the D.C. Wrestling Club, had been throwing near-nightly "Men's Parties" in Logan Circle for years. The party came to a halt on the morning of Oct. 4, when one reveler died of "blunt impact injury to the head" on the club's stairs.
Forty-five days later, the D.C. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner says that the "manner of death" in the case—which determines whether a death came as a result of a homicide, suicide, accident, or some other cause—is still pending.
Today, D.C. police released a 911 call made from outside the sex club on the morning of Oct. 4. The call, which originated from one of the club's patrons, points to one possible contributing factor in the man's death—that party organizers allegedly hesitated to call an ambulance:
The full transcript of the call is after the jump.
Operator: D.C. Emergency 911 Dispatcher 6741. Police, Fire or Ambulance?
Operator: To come where?
Caller: It’s um 14th street, 1618 A. This guy fell down the steps at this after-hours club, and the guy’s, um, he doesn’t look like he’s breathing, and they won’t call the police, I mean, call the ambulance.
Operator: OK, repeat the address?
Caller: It’s 1618 A 14th street.
Operator: 1618 14th Street Building A?
Caller: Yeah it’s A. It’s um, it’s right on the corner of Corcoran and 14th
Operator: Oh, it looks like someone already called the ambulance.
Caller: Okay, because he—he fell down—
Operator: They’re en route there, somebody already called.
Caller: Okay, because he fell down a while ago. How long ago did they call? Because he was laying there—
Operator: They called at 5:06.
Caller: Oh, okay. What time is it now?
Operator: It’s 5:10 now.
Caller: Okay, yeah. Because he fell before that, and I saw him. And I told them. I don’t know, I’m just upset about it, because it’s actually—it’s like an after-hours sex club—and they didn’t want to call the police, because he didn’t have any clothes on.
Operator: Okay. Look out for the police for him. I mean the ambulance.
Caller: I see them, I see them now, thank you.
Photo by Darrow Montgomery.