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Former Reagan, Bush I, Bush II Staffer Found Murdered

COMMENT: John Wheeler III, an expert on the U.S. military who served in the administrations of Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush was found murdered in a Delaware landfill.

Who killed him and why remains to be seen.

In this context, it is worth noting that Wheeler was very afraid of the possibility of cyber warfare. Is his death in any way related to the WikiLeaks imbroglio? Might the U.S. be in for an act of cyber-terrorism? Richard Clarke, among others, has warned about this.

Might Wheeler have been murdered by a Fifth Column element in this country, not unlike the theft of sensitive data which got John O’Neill dismissed as the head of the FBI’s investigation into Bin Laden?

“Body of U.S. Military Expert Found in Del. Landfill” by Randall Chase [AP]; comcast.net News; 1/3/2011.

EXCERPT: The body of a military expert who served in three Republican administrations was found dumped in a landfill and investigators said Monday they were trying to retrace his steps in the days leading up to his death.

John Wheeler III, 66, who had not been reported missing, was scheduled to be on an Amtrak train from Washington to Wilmington on Dec. 28, but authorities say it’s not clear if he ever made that trip. His body was found three days later, on New Year’s Eve, as a garbage truck emptied its contents at the Cherry Island landfill. His death has been ruled a homicide.

Wheeler served as an Army staff officer in Vietnam and later worked in the Reagan and both Bush administrations. . . .

Discussion

6 comments for “Former Reagan, Bush I, Bush II Staffer Found Murdered”

  1. Sheesh! “He recommended that the U.S. not use biological weapons.” And then there’s this astute observation by an officer of the Court: ” ‘He was just not the sort of person who would wind up in a landfill.'”

    Posted by Rob Coogan | January 4, 2011, 6:11 am
  2. If true, this is interesting – I don’t have any idea whether it is credible.

    “Top U.S. Official Murdered After Arkansas Weapons Test Causes Mass Death”

    http://inteltrends.wordpress.com/2011/01/04/top-u-s-official-murdered-after-arkansas-weapons-test-causes-mass-death/

    Posted by ivan | January 5, 2011, 3:29 am
  3. Now these two interesting speculative items – again I have no idea whether they are credible.

    The Boeing KC-767 tanker alleged in the Russian report to have sprayed the Phosgene which allegedly killed the birds and fish in Arkansas seems itself to be a factor in an intense and pricey ($35bn+) international aerospace contract fight between Boeing and the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co. (EADS) to build new US tanker planes. These stories suggest that some powerful Republicans favor EADS over Boeing. Might this have been an attempt by some constituency to make the Boeing KC-767 seem dangerous and unreliable? The first article on the Russian assessment of the Phosgene situation twice mentions “critical malfunctions” in the Boeing KC-767. Russia is apparently a partner of some sort in EADS.

    Karl Rove is mentioned peripherally though not implicated.
    Now there is also a reported bird kill in Sweden where Rove is an adviser to the government – could this be a decoy event to make the US kills seem unrelated to Phosgene? Far-fetched but who knows?

    First some possible background – April 7, 2010:
    “Was [Alabama governor] Siegelman Prosecution Connected to Air Force Tanker Deal?”
    http://legalschnauzer.blogspot.com/2010/04/was-siegelman-prosecution-connected-to.html

    Then this yesterday:
    “Why Did Former Bush-Administration Official Wind Up Dead In A Delaware Landfill?” http://legalschnauzer.blogspot.com/2011/01/why-did-former-bush-administration.html

    Posted by ivan | January 5, 2011, 4:07 pm
  4. Update:

    Pentagon aide ‘was killed by hitman’ claims distraught widow

    cf. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1358447/

    Posted by Curt | February 20, 2011, 12:12 am
  5. Sex and Death the pass time of Empires. Thank you everyone.

    Posted by lazy freedom | December 4, 2012, 12:29 am
  6. With a wave of mysteryous banker deaths still underway, it’s worth recalling that the murder of cyberwarfare expert, John Wheeler III, in late 2010 is still completely unsolved:

    Delaware Online
    Delaware crime: The death of John P. Wheeler: Random killing or assassination?
    In first extended interview, widow of former federal official says he looked scared in his final days
    May 11, 2011

    Written by
    CRIS BARRISH
    The News Journal

    When Katherine Klyce views the widely circulated video of her late husband, John P. Wheeler III, wandering around a Wilmington parking garage less than two days before he was beaten to death, she sees fear in the face of the man she loved.

    “I think he was afraid,” Klyce told The News Journal about the video in which the former Pentagon official is seen looking in vain for his car.

    In her first extended interview since his body tumbled from a garbage truck into the Cherry Island Landfill on Dec. 31, Klyce differed with those who believe Wheeler appeared disoriented in his final days.

    Many observers of the high-profile murder mystery have noted that Wheeler looked disheveled while carrying his shoe and searching for his car, which had been in a garage several blocks away for weeks.

    Klyce said she doesn’t know what might have frightened her husband of 13 years during his last days, a period in which he also beseeched his pharmacist for a ride from New Castle to Wilmington and asked strangers to drive him to Philadelphia.

    “I don’t think he was acting abnormal,” Klyce said of a man known for quirky habits and forgetfulness.

    Klyce acknowledged that the blunt-spoken, 66-year-old Wheeler, who suffered from bipolar disorder, had made “lots of enemies” during his years in the national defense community and as one of the key founders of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, but “nobody that would kill him.”

    Since Wheeler was killed by lethal blows more than four months ago, Klyce has pondered whether he was killed by someone he accidentally encountered in Wilmington, where he was last seen shortly before 9 p.m. on Dec. 30, or whether he was the victim of assassination.

    Asked if she was leaning toward one scenario, she said, “Yeah, but I’m not going to tell you which one. I’m open to being wrong.”

    Klyce earlier told online magazine Slate.com she thought someone was “paid” to kill Wheeler, but her lawyer said she was only considering possibilities.

    In a mystery that has drawn worldwide media scrutiny and a $25,000 reward offer from Klyce, police say they have no suspects and don’t know whether he was killed in a targeted or random attack.

    Though police have been tight-lipped about what they have uncovered, Klyce’s account helped fill several gaps in a timeline that began when Wheeler left their New York City condominium the morning of Dec. 28 and ended with the discovery of his corpse three days later.

    For example, she said Wheeler was found wearing his Rolex watch, bought in Vietnam during his tour in the late 1960s, and treasured West Point class ring. Though the neck wallet Wheeler usually wore to carry a credit card, keys and an identification card were not returned, Klyce said the discovery of the expensive jewelry on his body “casts doubt on the robbery theory.”

    Though authorities won’t say where on Wheeler’s body the fatal blows were inflicted, Klyce said that when she viewed his corpse a few days later, she saw bruising on his face under the mortician’s makeup, and his head was swollen. She saw his body only from the neck up and speculated the fatal blows were to “his torso.”

    Klyce said police have given her conflicting accounts about whether Wheeler also had a heart attack after being beaten.

    “First they said he did, then they said he didn’t, then they said he did,” she said.

    All seemed fine over the Christmas weekend, she said. Wheeler arrived in New York late on Dec. 24, and they spent a few days in their Harlem condominium with family. On Monday, Dec. 27, Klyce said the couple planned to dine out with another couple, but Klyce said she felt sick, so Wheeler went alone.

    When she woke the next day, Dec. 28, he was gone. She expected him back in a few days for the wedding. They never spoke again.

    Wheeler didn’t discuss his plans for Washington, except that he wanted to drop off Christmas gifts to a few friends. She didn’t expect him to go to Mitre Corp., the McLean, Va., defense contractor for which he consulted on cyberdefense and other issues, because he rarely visited the complex.

    She doesn’t know what Wheeler did or whom he saw in Washington, except that he ate at the Metropolitan Club about midday on Tuesday, Dec. 28.

    Wheeler, who worked for the Pentagon in the last three Republican presidential administrations, belonged to the club frequented by military and political elite, such as former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. Wheeler sometimes spent the night in one of their fancy suites.

    Wheeler wasn’t “suited for domestic life,” and the couple — with homes in Delaware and New York — were apart more than they were together, Klyce said.

    “The best of all possible worlds for Jack would be to live at the Metropolitan Club. It’s a power place.”

    As the days and weeks with no answers turn into months, the frustration has only increased for Wheeler’s family.

    The younger Wheeler, a 34-year-old University of Virginia graduate student, said he can only hope investigators unravel all the strange elements and “get to the bottom of it.”

    Klyce said the truth must emerge.

    “They have to solve it,” she said. “There’s no way they can’t.”

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | February 13, 2014, 9:27 pm

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