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    New Castle, Delaware -- Neighbors of the former Pentagon official whose body turned up New Year's Eve morning in a garbage truck in Wilmington, Delaware, expressed bafflement Thursday over what authorities have pieced together about the mysterious and bizarre final hours of John P. Wheeler III.

    "I think, 'Gosh! What's he doing? I've never seen him like that before,' " neighbor Phoebe Dill told CNN after viewing video from a security camera. It showed the 66-year-old man, who once headed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, stumbling around a parking garage shortly before 7 p.m. December 29. He's holding a shoe in his left hand and is wearing a dark suit, without a tie.

    Occasionally, he touches a wall as if to stabilize himself.

    "Obviously, something was wrong."

    Phoebe Dill's husband, Robert, said he, too, was flummoxed. "I've been running it around in my head; I can't even put the pieces together. I have absolutely no idea."

    The police have not been able to determine how Wheeler got from his office building in Wilmington to Newark, New Jersey, about five miles away. Authorities believe the garbage truck picked up his body around 4:30 a.m. on December 31 from one of 10 commercial Dumpsters in Newark before driving to the landfill.

    http://www.cnn.com/2011/CRIME/01/06/...ex.html?hpt=C1
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    Weird story. I wonder what they know that tells them he was already dead when the truck picked him up. I was wondering if he didn't fall or climb into the dumpster for some reason and was killed when the the garbage truck emptied it, or compacted the trash.

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    the more you read about this the weirder it gets......over a period of ..what? a couple of days? he comes in contact with people who are familiar with him, they know something is not right, and they just let it pass.

    did this guy have no family or close friends?

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    Dude just wandering around confused carrying his shoe, days after planting explosives on his neighbors home.

    Yes they're saying now that they've found explosive devices planted on a neighbors home that he was known to feud with.



    Man found in landfill tied to arson attempt

    John P. Wheeler III planted incendiary devices at a neighbor's home in Del. days before his disappearance.

    Police in Delaware have discovered evidence that a former Pentagon aide may have been involved in an attempted arson days before his murder,

    Police found evidence linking John Parsons Wheeler III to devices planted at the New Castle home of a neighbor with whom he had been feuding, said the source, who is close to the investigation. The feud was over the size of the neighbor's house, which was under construction in the city's historic district.


    Video of Wheeler wandering around confused..
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    Sorta weird just days after former Pentagon spokesperson and Presidential Aide John Wheeler was also killed and whose body turned up in a landfill.
    Search warrants in John Wheeler homicide case to remain sealed

    January 13, 2011
    By Mark Fowser

    Two weeks after he was last seen alive, warrants related to the murder of a former Pentagon official are under seal, at the request of investigators. The warrants concern searches of John Wheeler the 3rd’s home in New Castle, his car, and cellphone records.

    Wheeler, who served in the administrations of three U.S. Presidents and led efforts to raise funds for the Vietnam War Memorial, was last seen in the area of 10th and Orange Streets in Wilmington the night of December 30th. His body was discovered the following morning as a refuse truck was being emptied at the Cherry Island Landfill in Wilmington.

    Attorney General Beau Biden asked that the warrants concerning the search of Wheeler’s home be sealed, arguing that their release could compromise the investigation.

    Newark Police also requested that additional warrants be sealed. Newark Police are leading the investigation as they attempt to determine where and how Wheeler was killed. His body was left in one of ten dumpsters in Newark that were emptied the morning of December 31st.

    Surveillance video released by Colonial Parking of Wilmington shows Wheeler, apparently disoriented and holding a shoe, wandering in the parking garage near 5th and King Streets December 29th, searching for his vehicle. Wheeler’s car was later found and impounded at a different garage near the Wilmington train station.

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    thanks to whoever moved it... I knew there was a thread, but I was missing the middle initial when searching...
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    John Wheeler case: Cab driver comes forward, claims contacted police first

    John P. Wheeler III's murder investigation has been going on since his body was found on New Year's Eve of 2011, but it wasn't until this week that a cab driver named Roland Spence of Seacoast Cabs came forward publicly to say he was the one who gave Wheeler a lift from the Amtrak station that fateful week the ex-Pentagon official died.

    According to USA Today, Roland Spence contacted the different police agencies involved in the John Wheeler homicide investigation, each referring him on to the next, until he was directed to Newark PD.

    Spence said that he spoke with an officer at Newark's Police Department, but he didn't give the officer's name. According to USA Today, Spence claims the officer asked him for details about when he allegedly picked up John Wheeler--and what Wheeler looked like, which is a common police technique to help weed out those seeking attention rather than a desire to assist.

    Newark Police asked Roland Spence to come to the police department, according to Spence, but he felt his job duties prohibited being able to do so right away, so he says the PD said they would come to him or follow-up with a phone call if they had further questions.

    Lt. Mark Farrell of Newark Police is remaining tight-lipped about the potential conversation between Newark PD and Roland Spence--or if any such conversation ever took place after the alleged phone call from the cabbie.

    This isn't surprising in a homicide investigation in which the cards have been held close to the vest from the start. And it isn't surprising that as more investigative focus and media attention centered around how John Wheeler was transported from Wilmington to Newark, that the scrutiny would motivate someone to come forward.

    The problem now is whether Roland Spence's confession to the media, as reported by USA Today, is substantiated by Newark Police.

    If it is, Newark potentially dropped the investigative ball, but why didn't Spence call again or go there in person?

    If Newark denies having been contacted by Spence, his motivation to talk now has to be questioned, along with why he is just now coming forward to the media after all this time.

    Roland Spence paints a picture of John Wheeler that conflicts with what is already known in the investigation and this has to be given serious reflection. Police can't allow any investigation to be derailed by witnesses who aren't legitimate and they can't afford to ignore legitimate ones.

    Cabbie Roland Spence's timeline of events

    According to Spence, his Seacoast cab was parked on South French Street around 8:48 a.m. on the morning of Dec. 29, one day later than John Wheeler was supposed to have taken a train from Washington, D.C. (and arrived in Wilmington, DE).

    USA Today reports that Spence said John Wheeler asked to be taken to the Hotel du Pont, so he followed his usual Walnut Street route, resulting in a short ride of less than a mile.

    Wheeler's conversation during the transit from AMTRAK to Hotel du Pont, according to Spence, consisted mainly of stating Hotel du Pont wasn't worth the money it cost to stay there, which resulted in Spence assuming Wheeler might be going to visit someone or eat there instead.

    But that is a jump in logic an investigator should not make, as Wheeler's alleged comment about the hotel not being worth what it cost could simply have meant just that: he was staying there but felt it was overpriced. The question then becomes: why stay in an over-priced hotel in Wilmington when your home is mere minutes away?

    Following Walnut Street, the cabbie's remaining route--up 10th Street and right onto Orange--allegedly got John Wheeler to his destination that day. Wheeler would be seen, however, in New Castle at 6 p.m. at Happy Harry's Pharmacy that same date, then at the New Castle County Courthouse from 6:30 p.m. to approximately 7:30 p.m.

    And Wheeler would tell the parking attendant at the courthouse that he couldn't find his car in the garage and was thus awaiting for his brother to pick him up--and staying at a nearby hotel.

    Newark Police and Seacoast cab driver

    Police investigations can sometimes overlook one of the untold numbers of callers who phone in a tip about a case, especially if the timeline they operate from (and refuse to be flexible about) conflicts.

    This is a hazard of an investigation that can't be easily remedied, as police have to operate from some basic facts in order to weed through mountains of erroneous leads. Unfortunately, that sometimes causes a case to become stalled due to a refusal to consider "outside the box" theories, like that John Wheeler might not have made his scheduled train trip at the original time.

    But other factors can come into play in an investigation too, such as the possibility that a witness is seeking attention or to derail an investigation--especially if they aren't concerned enough to come to the police department to provide details (or they continue to refrain from doing so, after plea upon plea from the police and the public).

    Allowing the media's timeline of events to remain unquestioned, when you know you saw the victim--and gave him a lift--the day after he was alleged to have potentially arrived into town is also a concerning factor in this new information disclosure.

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    Police like Newark PD and Wilmington Police have to gauge and check out the witness accounts with a fine-toothed comb in criminal cases. They can't go totally on a witnesses statement and they have to question any witnesses disclosures that deviate from the behavior of an average person.

    Would an average person come forward to say they gave John Wheeler a lift after seeing a news account of his death? Would that same average person allow the police to continue broadcasting their inability to pinpoint if Wheeler made it to the train station without attempting to call them again?

    Would an average person allow weeks to go by since they attempted to contact the authorities about John Wheeler's arrival in Wilmington without at least telling the media or driving to the police department--especially if local police were seen seeking information from other cabbies?

    What motivates the average person to come forward at the beginning of a homicide investigation? What would motivate someone to allow an investigation--and the media surrounding it--to continue to harbor a false timeline about John Wheeler?

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    If Seacoast cab driver Roland Spence picked up John Wheeler on Dec. 29 a little before 9 a.m. and dropped him off at Hotel du Pont, you can rest assured that John Wheeler used a cab for some of his other travels over the next few days, as that drive between the AMTRAK station and the hotel was less than a mile.

    So where are those cab drivers?

    If John Wheeler was not using feet as his mode of transportation for that short walk that early in the day, why would he be doing so for a longer walk from Happy Harry's to the New Castle County Courthouse later on the same day, when he would likely be more tired by 6 p.m.?

    Transportation from Wilmington, DE to Newark, DE has always remained a central focus in the investigation, as John Wheeler's dead body didn't just move itself. Police now have one cab driver saying they picked up John Wheeler early that week. Will others start coming forward to admit contact during the days that followed?

    http://www.examiner.com/criminal-pro...d-police-first
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    Unsolved murder case frustrates widow of ex-federal official

    New York (CNN) -- It's been seven weeks since former Pentagon official John Wheeler suffered a fatal blow, his body thrown in a trash bin and trucked to a landfill where his remains were spotted New Year's Eve.

    And as the weeks drag on, Wheeler's widow Katherine Klyce and their entire family are having a hard time understanding why authorities haven't been able to solve the case yet.

    Klyce spoke briefly by phone with CNN and it was clear she and her family are becoming increasingly antagonized with the investigation.

    "The family is frustrated that information hasn't been shared with them, incredibly frustrated that as of now, there are no answers about what happened to Jack Wheeler," family attorney Colm Connolly told CNN.

    "Everybody is extremely frustrated," said Wheeler's former West Point roommate, retired Army Col. Doug Thornblom.

    http://www.cnn.com/2011/CRIME/02/20/...ex.html?hpt=C1
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    Bizarre is an understatement. Hope they solve this soon for the family's sake.
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