Video trail

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John Wheeler, a former presidential aide, left a trail of video evidence in the days before his death. Wheeler's body was found the morning of December 30, 2010 when a garbage truck emptied at the end of its route. Authorities have labeled his death a murder and are investigating. Five main events lead up to the time of his death. Based upon video evidence of the last event he was known to be alive around 8:30 p.m. of the evening prior to his body being found. Police released surveillance video from another of the five events and the locations of two of the other events are known to have video surveillance systems. Following is a list of video evidence of the events.


(The Washington Post has created a map of the events: link to map.)

December 28, 2010

Wheeler is believed to have been on an Amtrak train returning from Washington to Wilmington, DE on December 28, 2010.

December 29, 2010

Wheeler is seen near his home at Happy Harry's Pharmacy in New Castle, DE at about 6 p.m on December 29, 2010. Happy Harry's Pharmacy has a video surveillance system but there is no confirmed report that police have collected the video evidence. The Deleware Online reported: "The Happy Harry's drugstore in New Castle also has video surveillance at its pharmacy counter, and was cooperating with police..."

About an hour later on the evening of December 29th, Wheeler shows up at the HyPark parking garage in Wilmington, DE. Police released surveillance video showing Wheeler at the parking garage. Reports from interviews with the parking attendant indicate Wheeler was disheveled, disoriented and claiming he was robbed. He shows up on the video surveillance at around 6:42 p.m., according to the video surveillance clock. He's carrying one of his shoes.



December 30, 2010

"'About 3:30 p.m. Thursday, John P. Wheeler III, 66, was seen in Wilmington in the area of 10th and Orange streets by a member of the public', said Newark police spokesman Lt. Mark Farrall." The Newark police could not say how they "verified that Wheeler was at the intersection", but according to an article in the Deleware Online: "there is a video surveillance camera mounted at the corner of the DuPont Building overlooking the street crossing".

Later that day, around 8:30 p.m. in the evening, video evidence shows Wheeler inside the Nemours Building located at the intersection of 10th and Orange streets. Police issued a statement indicating that Wheeler appears confused on the video. This was the last time Wheeler was known to be alive.

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StarWitness Says:

One analyst believes that authorities were premature in calling John Wheeler's death a murder.

Link to video of CBS interview: http://bit.ly/i3nIFr

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