Widow: Evidence In Ex-Military Official’s Death Points To Contract Killing


Katherine Klyce, widow of former federal official John Wheeler, tells Slate.com that the Newark, De., police have “made my life so miserable” in their investigation of Wheeler’s death. His body was found in a landfill on Dec. 31. When family members went to the Newark police station for questioning. “They treated us like criminals, all of us,” said Klyce. “They were rude.” The cops confiscated credit cards, financial records, and Wheeler’s computer. In recent weeks, some of her cards have had mysterious charges, including two plane tickets from New York to Madrid totaling $3,000.

Klyce is concerned that police are not devoting the proper resources to the case. “They just don’t have a clue,” said Klyce. The family announced a $25,000 award on Jan. 30 for information that led to the arrest of Wheeler’s killer. No one has responded. The silence strengthens a hunch Klyce has had since the beginning: That Wheeler’s death wasn’t random. “I think perhaps no one has been on the reward because they’ve already been paid,” she said. Then there’s the way Wheeler’s body was apparently moved from Wilmington to the dumpster in Newark. “The way they disposed of his body, it’s a miracle anybody ever found it. That just sounds like a pro to me.” Citing Wheeler’s involvement in the military and government, Thomas McInerney, a retired Air Force officer, told ABC News: “A man with that experience, it could have been foul play to get some of the secrets he had.”


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