Murdered Bush Aide Acted ‘Erratically,’ Linked to Arson Attempt

January 5, 2011

(ChattahBox Political News)—The disturbing murder of John P. Wheeler a Vietnam veteran known for his work on behalf of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and a former well-regarded presidential adviser to Reagan and both Bushes, just veered into the strange category. Wheeler’s body was found in a Delaware landfill on New Year’s Eve. Now, it’s come to light that Wheeler was behaving erratically days before his murder and he may have planted incendiary devices at a neighbor’s home in an  attempt to burn it down.

Wheeler, who divided his time between his home in Manhattan and New Castle, Delaware worked as a consultant for the Mitre Corp, a defense contractor located in McLean, Va. He was seen leaving the Wilmington Amtrak train station on Dec. 27, then surfaced at a pharmacy on Wednesday acting strangely. Wheeler was later mistaken for a disheveled homeless person, while he looked in vain for his car at a courthouse garage, when his car was parked in another parking garage a few blocks away.

He was later spotted in the vicinity of his lawyer’s office. By Friday, the man who once advised presidents was dead.

“On Friday, an employee at the landfill spotted Wheeler’s body falling from a dump truck into a trash pile. Police were able to identify Wheeler based on identification found on his body, Farrall said.”

“Police determined the body was dumped somewhere near College Square and East Main Street in Newark.”

It gets weirder. Wheeler and his wife were suing their neighbor to stop construction on a house across the street because they said it would block their pristine view. Police have evidence linking Wheeler to the incendiary devices found in the neighbor’s home.

The Politico writes:

“Incendiary devices were found at the home of the neighbor with whom Wheeler had been entangled in a property dispute at the time of his death and a law enforcement source said investigators believe Wheeler may have set them, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.” […]

“Wheeler, an Army veteran who played a key role in the creation of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, also went to a New Castle pharmacy last Wednesday and had an unusual request, according to a report.

‘“He said, ‘Can you give me a ride to Wilmington?’ and that was a flag,” a pharmacist told the News Journal. “He looked like he was a little upset.”’

“Less than an hour after leaving the drug store, Wheeler was at the New Castle County Courthouse parking garage in Wilmington, searching for his car “erratically,” employees at the garage said.”

Wheeler was last seen at 10th and Orange streets in Wilmington near his lawyer’s office, Bayard Marin, who was handling the lawsuit against the neighbor.

“This is just not the kind of guy who gets murdered,” said Bayard Marin, a Wilmington attorney who represented Wheeler. “This is not the kind of guy you find in a landfill.”

This strange story has all the makings of a political whodunit murder mystery that will no doubt, generate a few conspiracy theories.


2 Responses to “Murdered Bush Aide Acted ‘Erratically,’ Linked to Arson Attempt”

  1. majii on January 5th, 2011 9:33 pm

    He may have suffered a psychotic break, causing him to appear disoriented when he turned up at the pharmacy asking for a ride because he didn’t remember where he’d parked his car. Whatever the reason for his death, it’s a sad situation. That he went as far as rigging his neighbor’s new home says to me that he was very stressed about the dispute he and his wife had with them. Maybe a thorough investigation will uncover the details that led to his death.

  2. Sue on January 5th, 2011 10:05 pm

    Hey Majii:

    Yes, it’s a very sad and strange story. I at first thought he may have been suffering from a head injury from a robbery, but he had been acting strangely for days. Now, with the arson angle, none of it makes sense. Perhaps you are right about the psychotic break. But with all of his ties to the pentagon and CIA spook types, who knows what really happened.


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