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John Wheeler’s Body Found in Dump

John Wheeler’s body was found at a trash dump a couple of days after he was seen staggering down the hall of an office building. He kept repeating "I’m not drunk" He seemed stunned and disorientated yet nobody called for help. Those who could have saved his life let the man wander out of the building unaided.

John Wheeler’s Body Found in Dump

John Wheeler was caught by a camera wandering the halls of an garage building, disheveled, without a coat and carrying one of his shoes in one hand while wearing the other. He was staggering and seemed disorientated. Wheeler told the office clerk his brief case had been stolen. He wanted the key to his car but his ticket was in his stolen briefcase. The problem was he didn’t have a car parked there.

Wheeler was caught on another camera the next day in an office building, still looking stunned and disheveled. He didn’t seem to know where he was or what his business was. He kept repeating that he wasn’t drunk. People asked if they could help him but he said no. Wheeler’s body was found a couple of days later at the Cherry Island garbage dump and ruled a homicide. Investigators do not know who might have killed him. They have determined that all stops made by the garbage truck before it arrived at the dump involved large commercial disposal bins in Newark, several miles from Wheelers house.

John Wheeler 66, was a military expert who served under three Republican administrations. He served in Viet Nam and worked as a consultant for the Mitre Corp located in Bedford, Mass. He wasn’t the type of man you would expect to find murdered in a landfill. Wheeler’s attorney said that he was representing Wheeler in a dispute over a couple’s plans to build a new home in the historic district of Old New Castle where Wheeler lived.

He was a quiet, humble kind of guy who wasn’t outspoken or difficult. It makes you wonder what happened to him during the last few days of his life. In the pictures of him staggering down the hall wearing one shoe and carrying the other in his hand, you could clearly see something was badly wrong. Someone should have called the police to help him. Who knows what had been done to him and who was waiting for him outside. The poor man was allowed to wander on out in the cold disorientated, without a coat and no one cared. What kind of creatures are we becoming anyway? Will life continue to be worth living if we can ignore those who need our help?

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  1. ladym33

    On January 7, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    That is a shame. If someone had called the police they could have helped him. I think so many people are just afraid to get involved these days and that is a true shame.

  2. bigpapadan

    On January 7, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    Tulan, I agree. Our society has become cold and indifferent to the pain and problems of others. It is easier to turn away and pretend we don\t see it.

  3. Angela Ohm

    On January 7, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    This is so awful ! We need to open our hearts to others and we need to be willing to help !

  4. learnandearn

    On January 7, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    it\’s easy to point fingers and say that none care and society is become hard heart-ed… now would u please tell me (the 3 of u who have already commented on this post)

    how many homeless people do u see around the place u live … have u done anything for them …

    (answer this question honestly and then ………)

    lets always remember the old proverb


  5. Christine Ramsay

    On January 7, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    You are right in many ways, learnandearn, but it doesn’t take away from the fact that this man was in obvious need but no one did anything. A thought provoking and well written piece, Tulan.


  6. lxdollarsxl

    On January 7, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    unfortunately many are like these days and would rather cross to the other side of the road not to get involved

  7. PR Mace

    On January 7, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Thought provoking article.

  8. Betty Carew

    On January 7, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    This is so sad Tulan and I suppose it happens to often. To be truthful if I saw anyone like this and didn’t know him I would assume he had been drinking. It is sometimes a hard call yet I would do anything to help anyone. The world has changed so much I think most people think twice before they reach out to those that need help.

  9. lapasan

    On January 7, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    It’s a wonder why a man of his stature is just found dead in a very unlikely place- trash dump. Before his death he obviously needed help, but no one seemed to care. There might be foul play in it.

  10. Ruby Hawk

    On January 7, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    This is a sad story, I saw pictures of him on TV taken by cameras in the buildings, and it’s true he was wearing one shoe and carrying the other. there was obviously something very wrong.I’m very surprised someone didn’t call for help.

  11. PSingh1990

    On January 7, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    Nice Share.


  12. Yovita Siswati

    On January 7, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    It’s very tragic! Hope such thing never happen again.

  13. LCM Linda

    On January 8, 2011 at 12:22 am

    Really sad to hear about.

  14. Likha

    On January 8, 2011 at 6:40 am

    This is tragic. Psychologists have been studying about altruism to really find out why these things happen.

  15. papaleng

    On January 8, 2011 at 9:16 am

    Sad to hear that but nevertheless it opens our minds to a sensitive issue that must be address ASAP.

  16. strategy03

    On January 8, 2011 at 10:35 am

    Wonderful article written

  17. Elizabeth St Pierre

    On January 8, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    My friends dad was a person who helped people. He bought a cane for a lady who could barely walk, but couldn’t afford a cane. He helped a man pay for his medicine at the pharmacy. I think as long as we are able, we should help, because what if the person who needs the help is you.
    Good article, nice writing.

  18. Judy Sheldon

    On January 9, 2011 at 1:38 am

    It makes me think of the story of the good Samaritan. Many will walk by another way to avoid someone in need. We need to search our hearts.

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