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Jan. 8, 2011Expert: Authorities May Have Been Hasty Declaring Death of Ex-Presidential Aide Found in Garbage Dump Homicid

  • John Wheeler III in handout photo provided Newark, Del. Police DepartmentJohn Wheeler III in handout photo provided Newark, Del. Police Department  (AP Photo)
  • Play CBS VideoVIDEOWho or What Killed John Wheeler?Criminologist Casey Jordan spoke with Rebecca Jarvis with her opinion on John Wheeler’s mysterious death giving a 50-50 chance that he put himself in the dumpster his body was found in.

(CBS) More than a week after the body of former presidential and Pentagon aide John Wheeler III was found in a Delaware garbage dump, there are new, puzzling clues, few answers, and a lot of questions.

The mystery began on New Year’s Eve, when Wheeler’s body was discovered in the Wilmington-area dump after it was left by a garbage truck.

His death was quickly ruled a homicide, but a criminologist told “The Early Show on Saturday Morning” authorities may have moved too quickly in that declaration, and that there are other plausible possible causes of death.

Wheeler was a graduate of West Point who served as an aide to three presidents and led the effort to build the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial,

He appeared unhinged in the days before his death, reports CBS News correspondent Michelle Miller. Surveillance video caught Wheeler in a Wilmington parking garage two days earlier, looking disoriented. He wasn’t wearing a coat and was carrying one shoe.

“His face was really flush,” parking attendant Iman Goldsborough told CBS News. “From the way his shoe looked, I would say it looked like somebody had done thing to him.”

The next night, Dec. 30, Wheeler was seen at another building in Wilmington, dressed in different clothes and again looking confused.

Police say somehow, Wheeler’s body ended up in a dumpster 15 miles away.

A neighbor who had seen Wheeler Christmas Eve says he has no idea what might have happened, and was shocked at Wheeler’s condition on the tape.

“I have never seen him like that in my life,” Robert Dill told CBS News. “I have no idea. At this point, I couldn’t even give you a theory.”

Wheeler’s car was found parked at a train station.

Miller says investigators have been eyeing a legal battle Wheeler was having with a neighbor whose home is under construction.

In a new development that’s raising even more questions, a local TV station is reporting that Wheeler’s cell phone was found inside that home.

But, friends say they can’t imagine that dispute would have led to Wheeler’s death.

On “The Early Show on Saturday Morning,” criminologist Casey Jordan. of Western Connecticut State University, in Danbury, pointed out that authorities called Wheeler’s death a homicide within 24 hours of his body being found. “That’s a logical thing to assume,” she told co-anchor Rebecca Jarvis, “based on the fact that his body was n a dump and had been placed in a dumpster. But, we still don’t know the actual cause of death. To be honest, that’s a little bit of a jump. Usually, you know the cause of death before you decide the manner of death is a homicide. That was, of course, before we had seen the (surveillance) footage (and) we understood about this disoriented state that happened in the two days before he was found.

“And I wouldn’t be surprised if they end up changing that after they get the toxicology reports come back. I think the autopsy isn’t complete and we need more details before we decide whether or not he was murdered.

“What’s confusing to me is that, usually, you know that (someone was killed) because you have something like a gunshot wound, stabbing wounds, bludgeoning — something that clearly could not have been self-induced. But no details like that have been released.

“And the fact of the matter is that, when we see this footage, we see perhaps he was suffering from an organic brain problem? Even his neighbors say they’d never seen him like this. Was he poisoned? Did he have a brain tumor? Did he suffer from brain cancer and nobody even knew it? Something — there’s a disconnect between him being in the dumpster and that behavior we see in the hours before he disappeared.

” … There are possibly 10 dumpsters he came from that ended up in that dump truck, so we don’t even have a crime scene. It is entirely possible he crawled into the dumpster himself in his demented state.

“We may never know the truth about what happened to John Wheeler.”

To see the entire interview, click on the video below:

Military man dumped into three-ring whodunit

By Dan Goodin in San Francisco • Get more from this author

5th January 2011 21:09 GMT

The body of a decorated US Army officer was found dumped in a Delaware landfill on New Years Eve day, a few days after he expressed concern that the nation wasn’t adequately prepared for cyber warfare, according to news reports following the bizarre whodunit.

Events surrounding the murder of John P. Wheeler III, who most recently worked part-time for defense contractor Mitre Corporation on cyber defense topics, read like a Tom Clancy novel. The 66-year-old worked for three Republican administrations, was special assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force, served in the office of the Secretary of Defense, and penned a manual on the effectiveness of biological and chemical weapons, which urged US forces to show restraint.

The day after Christmas – five days before his body was found as it was being dumped from a trash truck into the Cherry Island Landfill in Wilmington – Wheeler sent longtime friend Richard Radez an email expressing concern that the US wasn’t sufficiently prepared for “cyber warfare,” according to The Associated Press.

“This was something that had preoccupied him over the last couple of years,” Radez told the news organization.

Wheeler’s focus on computer warfare, and his ties to Mitre, have already attractedconspiracy theories involving the military industrial complex, but there are plenty of other intriguing details that don’t immediately fit into such a plot.

Among them are revelations that Wheeler was seen on December 29 and 30 in a “confused and disoriented” state in downtown Wilmington. During that last appearance, which occurred some 14 hours before his body was discovered, he was wandering inside an office building a few blocks from an attorney who was handling a contentious lawsuit Wheeler filed to stop neighbors from building a home near his. He refused help from several people who approached him.

A day earlier, he approached a parking garage attendant “wearing a black suit with no tie and only one shoe,” according to the AP report. He carried the missing shoe in his hand and wore no overcoat, despite the frigid temperature. He told the attendant he had been robbed of his briefcase and said repeatedly he wasn’t drunk.

To further the intrigue, Delaware police have reportedly found evidence that Wheeler may have been involved in an attempted arson on the same neighbors he was suing. The attempted arson on December 28 came after someone tossed several smoke bombs used for rodent control into the neighbors’ house, scorching the floors.

What’s more, the AP has reported that yellow police evidence tape was seen surrounding two wooden chairs in Wheeler’s kitchen, where several wooden floorboards were missing, even though Delaware police have said the victim’s home is not considered a crime scene. A neighbor, according to, said Wheeler’s television blared continuously in the days preceding his death.

Those details, combined with the fact that someone went to considerable effort to hide Wheeler’s body in a trash dumpster in nearby Newark, Delaware, would suggest the homicide wasn’t a random mugging.

The FBI has offered “technical assistance” to the Delaware police, and judging from the facts as they are so far know, they’re going to need it. ®