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The remaining six episodes of Unsolved Mysteries dropped on Netflix today (Monday, October 19 2020). The first episode focuses on the unsolved murder of Jack Wheeler. Express.co.uk has everything you need to know.
Who was Jack Wheeler?
Jack Wheeler served as a presidential aide to the Ronald Reagan, George H.W Bush and George W. Bush Administrations.
He was also a chairman of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, senior planner for Amtrak, an official of the Securities and Exchange Commission, chief executive and CEO of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, to name a few of his many positions in the United States military government and corporations.
Wheeler was born in Laredo, Texas on December 14, 1944, to a family of military professionals.
He sadly died on December 30, 2010. He was 66-years-old.
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What happened to Jack Wheeler?
As heard in episode one of Unsolved Mysteries, Jack Wheeler was murdered on December 30, 2010.
Wheeler’s autopsy result concluded he died from blunt force trauma but as of today, his death is shrouded in mystery and remains unsolved.
On December 31, 2010, his body was discovered on a landfill site at the Cherry Island Landfill in Wilmington.
In the days before his death, there was reported sightings of Wheeler across Delaware
As reported at the time and seen in Unsolved Mysteries, Wheeler was spotted on CCTV on December 29 at the New Castle County courthouse parking garage, disoriented and wearing only one shoe.
He had explained to a parking garage attendant his briefcase had been stolen and his phone was missing.
Earlier that day, Wheeler had asked his local pharmacy to arrange a ride to Wilmington for him, so he could collect his car.
Police later ruled Wheeler had parked his car at a different garage at the train station than the one he was seen in.
The Washing Times reported in January 2011, on December 30, Wheeler was seen around various office buildings in Wilmington, where he refused help from several people.
As seen in Unsolved Mysteries, there are several theories surrounding Wheelers disorientated behaviour and death.
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True-crime fans and those obsessed with the Wheeler case have been sharing their theories online for years.
Those who knew Wheeler and detectives working on the case also voiced their theories in Unsolved Mysteries.
A video of Wheeler, 14 hours before his death, shows him walking disorientated, wearing no coat despite there being snow outside and wearing just one shoe.
Wheeler suffered from bipolar disorder but it is unknown if he was unwell or suffering a bipolar episode at the time.
Former homicide investigator Brad Garrett told ABC News: “So the question for investigators is, does it all really go together or is it pieces?
“When I say pieces, did he have a stroke, for example? Becomes disoriented, he wanders around.
“He hits into the wrong crowd. They kill him. They rob him, whatever they might do.”
Another theory ties Wheeler to a firebombing attempt on a neighbours home.
Wheeler had filed a lawsuit against his neighbours who wanted to construct a bigger property, which would block his view of Battery Park and the Delaware River.
The night Wheeler was last seen, an arson attempt was made on Wheeler’s neighbours home.
On January 7th, 2011, Wheeler’s phone was uncovered from the neighbours home.
However, there is no concrete evidence to link Wheeler to the attack.
Wheeler’s wife and daughter, who feature in the documentary believe he was a victim of a murder-for-hire plot.
In Unsolved Mysteries, they pointed to the attention paid to the disposal of his body and the fact no one came forward with information despite a huge financial reward. They believe this is because the killer had already been paid.
Others believe he was in the wrong place at the wrong time or he crawled into a large bin to sleep which was then taken to the landfill site.
Terry Meurer, the creator of Unsolved Mysteries, told The Wrap: “I don’t believe it was a random assault. I don’t believe that Jack was attacked and something went wrong, a robbery or something like that.
“Because people who attack people or rob people, they do not go to the trouble to transport a body, put it in a dumpster — hoping, I believe, that the body would never be found.”
If you have any information regarding John Wheeler’s death, please contact Delaware Crime Stoppers, who are offering a $10K reward for information.
Unsolved Mysteries is streaming on Netflix now
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