The very first episode within the second quantity of Netflix’s Unsolved Mysteries dissects John Wheeler’s puzzling demise. On New 12 months’s Eve 2010, his body was found in a landfill in Wilmington, DE. The invention of his physique occurred quickly after a neighbor reported a possible housebreaking in Wheeler’s New Fortress residence. And only a few days earlier than, smoke bombs went off at a building website throughout the road from his home. His spouse Kathy believes that he may have set them off as a result of he did not need a residence to be constructed within the historic Battery Park — however that is maybe the extent to which there’s any resolve on this case.
Wheeler, a 66-year-old veteran who additionally glided by Jack, was an achieved man, a graduate of West Level, Harvard Enterprise Faculty, and Yale Legislation Faculty. He was recognized to be exceptionally concerned in many alternative issues amongst his family and friends. He was a Washington insider who labored in a number of presidential administrations and helped spearhead the trouble to construct the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Earlier than his demise, he labored as a advisor for the Mitre Company, specializing in cybersecurity.
The timeline earlier than Wheeler’s demise led investigators down a number of rabbit holes. On Dec. 28, he traveled from New York to Washington DC to go to work. On Dec. 29, he emailed Mitre saying that he had a break-in and misplaced his badge, cell phone, key fob, and briefcase. That night time, he went to an area pharmacy asking for a trip to entry his automotive on the prepare station. Forty minutes later, safety digicam footage caught him wanting considerably matted on the New Fortress County Courthouse parking storage as he walked round with one shoe in his hand. (It seems that he was wanting within the improper storage.) In keeping with a parking attendant, he appeared anxious about dropping his briefcase. As a result of Wheeler had bipolar disorder, his household suspected that he might have had an episode shortly earlier than his demise.
The following day was the final day that Wheeler ever appeared on any surveillance footage. He wandered across the basement of downtown Wilmington’s Nemours Constructing, as if he was hiding from somebody or one thing. That night time, Wheeler was then final seen leaving the constructing in a hoodie earlier than his physique was discovered.
So, the inevitable query is, what occurred? There are three principal theories about what went down the night time earlier than Wheeler was discovered useless in a landfill.