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Why Did Former Bush-Administration Official Wind Up Dead In A Delaware Landfill?

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"This is just not the kind of guy who gets murdered," said Bayard Marin, a Wilmington attorney who represented Wheeler. "This is not the kind of guy you find in a landfill."

Wheeler worked in Washington, D.C., and was returning home to Delaware on an Amtrak train last Tuesday night. His body was discovered at the Cherry Island landfill on New Year's Eve and identified the next day. He was last seen getting off the Amtrak train in Wilmington.

Alabama, it turns out, is not the only place where suspicious deaths are starting to pile up. They also are piling up in the D.C. area. In late September, Department of Justice lawyer Nicholas Marsh died of an apparent suicide. Marsh was under investigation for his role in the botched Ted Stevens case in Alaska, and Marsh's lawyer, Robert Luskin, had represented former Bush White House strategist Karl Rove. Marsh's death has been described as a self-induced hanging, but the story apparently has received almost no serious inquiry in the mainstream press.

As for Wheeler, he did have at least one known non-political dispute in his life. Wheeler and his wife had been involved in a property-related lawsuit with a neighbor:

In 2009, Wheeler and his wife Katherine Klyce, filed a lawsuit to stop construction of a home near the parking lot of Battery Park in Old New Castle.

Wheeler and Klyce opposed construction of a new home being built by Frank and Regina Marini. The Marinis wanted to build a two-and-a-half story home across the street from Klyce and Wheeler on the 100 block of West Third Street. It would have blocked Klyce's and Wheeler's view.

The Marinis home is under construction at the entrance of Battery Park along the Delaware River.

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Regina Marini said she wanted to move back to her hometown with her mother. But the fight over construction dragged and her mother died before the home was built.

The lawsuit remains unresolved. Could John Wheeler have been killed over a property issue? His lawyer seems to doubt it, according to a report in The New York Times:

"This case has all the intrigue of a murder mystery," Mr. Marin said. "There's ongoing litigation, but I would put that pretty far down the list."

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What should be near the top of the list for homicide investigators? We would suggest that they look at Wheeler's ties to the defense and aerospace industries--and any connections he might have had to the Boeing/EADS tanker battle.

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