A former Bush aide whose body was found at a Delaware landfill was acting erratic before his death, and may have been involved in a plot to burn down his neighbor’s house, published reports suggested Wednesday.
Police sources told The Philadelphia Enquirer that they had found evidence linking John Parsons Wheeler III to incendiary devices at the home of a neighbor with whom he had a disagreement.
“The source emphasized that the evidence does not shed light on the murder itself, but it has helped detectives understand Wheeler’s state of mind before he disappeared,” the Enquirer reported.
Wheeler, 66, was found dead in Cherry Grove landfill on Dec. 31. Police have been piecing together clues from his final days.
The former presidential adviser was seen in Happy Harry’s pharmacy last Wednesday, around 6 p.m.
“He said, ‘Can you give me a ride to Wilmington?’ and that was a flag,” pharmacist Murali Gouro told The News Journal. “He looked like he was a little upset.”
Wheeler left after declining the pharmacist’s offer to call a cab, officials said.
Less than an hour later, a man matching Wheeler’s description asked a parking lot attendant in Wilmington for help finding his car.
“He really didn’t look good to me,” Iman Goldsborough told MyFox 9 in Philadelphia. “I asked him are you okay? He was like, no. He was just trying to get warm.”
“He didn’t have a coat on. And it was really cold out this evening. And he had one shoe on, and he was wandering around, looking around.”
“He had on a black suit and burgundy penny loafers. And he was holding one shoe in his hand,” she said. “He just told me he wanted to get warm before he paid for his ticket.”
“He just didn’t seem like he was really there. He seemed like he was disoriented. Actually I thought he had dementia or something,” Goldsborough added.
In surveillance video released by police, a disoriented Wheeler was shown as late as Thursday at 8 p.m., wandering through the historic Nemours Building in Wilmington.
Wheeler was a Army veteran who also worked as advisor to Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush. He played an instrumental role in the creation of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
This video is from the Associated Press, uploaded to YouTube Jan. 5, 2011.
Millions around the world joined #ClimateStrike — demanding bold climate action
Masses of children skipped school Friday to join a global strike against climate change that teen activist Greta Thunberg said was "only the beginning" in the fight against environmental disaster.
Some four million people filled city streets around the world, organizers said, in what was billed as the biggest ever protest against the threat posed to the planet by rising temperatures.
Youngsters and adults alike chanted slogans and waved placards in demonstrations that started in Asia and the Pacific, spread across Africa, Europe and Latin America, before culminating in the United States where Thunberg rallied.
Trump announces new sanctions on Iran — and deploys US troops to the Middle East
The United States announced Friday that it was sending military reinforcements to the Gulf region following attacks on Saudi oil facilities that it attributes to Iran, just hours after President Donald Trump ordered new sanctions on Tehran.
Trump said the sanctions were the toughest-ever against another country, but indicated he did not plan a military strike, calling restraint a sign of strength.
The Treasury Department renewed action against Iran's central bank after US officials said Tehran carried out weekend attacks on rival Saudi Arabia's oil infrastructure, which triggered a spike in global crude prices.
‘Do a lot of stupid sh*t as quickly as possible’: Ambassador Power breaks down ’The Trump Doctrine’
The former ambassador to the United Nations explained "The Trump Doctrine" during a Friday evening interview with comedian Bill Maher on HBO's "Real Time."
Samantha Power, the author of the new book, The Education of an Idealist, was asked by Maher about the foreign policy mantra of the Obama administration.
"Obama's foreign policy doctrine was famously summarized as 'don't do stupid sh*t," Maher noted. "Trump's, of course, is 'Do stupid sh*t.'"
"Do stupid sh*t as quickly as possible," Power clarified.