DISCLAIMER; I am going to be referring to Bipolar Disorder frequently in this post. Both Bipolar I, and Bipolar II are extremely misunderstood mental health issues accompanied by a large amount of social stigma. I encourage you all to research these conditions on your own, not for this article, but because you probably have someone in your life that suffers from it (even if you don't know it). We owe it to our neighbors and friends to better understand and interpret this common but misunderstood mental issue.
I do not believe Jack Wheeler was murdered. I know I am not the only one who believes this, but I have yet to see a post on the subject on this sub, and I decided it was time to make one. First, a little backstory for those of you who are unfamiliar with the case
**.** (It was just released on Unsolved Mysteries
S2, so I would imagine many of you are somewhat familiar)
John (Jack) P Wheeler III was not the ordinary American Citizen. In the 66 years he lived, he built a professional pedigree few others could claim to match.
Jack, a graduate of West Point, had served in Vietnam before going on to graduate from Harvard Business School and Yale Law School. He served as Chairman of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, and for a time as CEO of Mothers against Drunk Driving. He served as special council to the Chairman of the SEC, and as a Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force. He also served as an aid to Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush. His last job was in the private sector, as a consultant to the Mitre Corperation, a US defense contractor, where he specialized in Cybersecurity.
And so, as you can imagine, when his body was discovered in a landfill on December 31st, 2010, at the Cherry Island Landfill in Wilmington Delaware, many in the nation's political sphere reeled with shock. The confusion in Washington was palpable, and the demand for answers was such that ten different federal, state, and local agencies become involved in his death investigation.
Jack had many friends in high places, and as such, his case, which was quickly ruled a homicide due to the medical examiners report, absorbed somewhat of a national focus, and no doubt the pressure felt by the lead investigators was like no pressure they had felt before.
One would assume that with all his friends in Washington, with the full force of the US Government, and with the sophisticated technological investigation capabilities of the 2010 era, that his murder would have been solved in a matter of months.
And yet, despite the high profile crime, and the veritable bounty of resources at the disposal of the myriad of investigative agencies, the mystery has gone unsolved for ten long years. Several theories have been put forth, including a murder for hire related to his governmental work, a random mugging, or a murder involving a dispute with a neighbor. It is worth noting that while these theories seem plausible, each has it's faults (which I will highlight below), and none have any real, substantial evidence to back them up.
When looking at this perplexing case, it becomes somewhat hard not to become confused, as the case refers to a haphazard string of events that occur in the days prior to his death. I have done my best to order these correctly into a timeline, as to better serve the clarity of the investigation. (Many of the specific event times have eluded me, so if anyone is privy to that information, please let me know.) The Timeline; December 28:
- Jack, who has been spending the holidays with his family in New York, returns to work in Washington D.C. during the day, before phone records show him returning to his home in New Castle City. (His wife was currently in New York, and Jack was home alone). Phone records show him returning to New Castle City at approximately 17:30.
- At 23:30, a house (under construction) across the street from Jack becomes the subject of a police investigation when smoke bombs are set off inside it. Jack's phone is found at the scene in the grass. (It's unclear if the phone was found that night, or the next day.) I can't find any information that NCCPD contacted Jack to inform him that his phone was found at the scene, which leads me to speculate that NCCPD didn't find the phone until the 29th, or at least didn't identify it as Jacks' during the night of the 28th. Because Jack no longer has his phone, police are unable to accurately track his movement after this point.
- Jack's wife attempts to call him but is unable to reach him. She finds this highly unusual as he is usually extremely prompt in answer his phone, or at the very least return a call.
- At 09:31, Jack sends an email to Mitre, advising them that his house has been burglarized, and that his cell phone, wallet, key fob, briefcase, and Mitre ID card have been stolen. He does not contact police to report this burglary. He does not attempt to contact his wife via email and notify her of the break-in, or that his phone was stolen. (I don't believe his wallet was actually stolen, I think he added this in to make it sound more believable. I will explain why later.)
- At 18:00, Jack visits a local pharmacy not far from his house and is caught on tape. Jack gets his prescriptions filled at this pharmacy often, and the staff know him. However, on this occasion, he enters the pharmacy looking for a ride to Wilmington. Several people in the pharmacy overhear his conversation with pharmacy staff and offer him a ride to Wilmington. Investigators believe Jack wanted to get to Wilmington in order to retrieve his car, which he left parked at the AMTRAK station when heading to New York with his wife for the holidays.
- At 18:42, Jack shows up in a parking garage in Wilmington. He is looking for his vehicle, but unbeknownst to him, he is not in the correct parking garage. His car is parked blocks away in a separate garage. (Jack's family is adamant that he always had a very hard time with directions, and would often get lost or forget where he parked.) Jack is seen on camera in the parking garage, having a discussion with the garage attendant in an attempt to locate his vehicle. In contrast to his appearance in the pharmacy CCTV, Jack appears somewhat disheveled, distressed, and agitated, and is carrying one of his shoes in his hand. (There is a report his shoe is damaged but I can not corroborate it.) He also appears paranoid, checking behind him and around corners as though he is being watched or followed. He tells the garage attendant his briefcase has been stolen and his parking slip was inside it. When the attendant asks how it was stolen, he repeatedly responds only that it was stolen, and never how.
- At 15:26, Jack is next picked up on camera in the basement of the Nemours building, which is an office complex in downtown Wilmington. His whereabouts in the approximately 20 hours since last being caught on camera in the garage the night before are unknown. It is stated that investigators later found evidence that Jack spent the night of the 29th, and part of the day of the 30th in the basement. I have not been able to determine what evidence they have to reason that he spent the night, but I assume they have something to be comfortable making the statement. The Nemours basement is a large complex that includes a fitness center, a maze of hallways, and employee locker rooms. Jack is not known to have a connection with the building or the people who worked in it, aside from a single appointment there years ealier. Jack seems less shaken than the night before, but his behavior is still erratic. It is believed he was attempting to "lay low" or hide from someone by staying in the basement, although there is no evidence to support this, and it is speculation based on his appearance.
- At 20:39, Jack is caught on camera leaving the Nemours building, now wearing a black hooded sweatshirt as opposed to the business clothes he has been wearing the night before. He has never been seen in the possession of a second set of clothes before this time, and it is possible he took them from one of the basement employee lockers.
- At 20:41, Jack appears on camera in the valet section of the Hotel DuPont, walking with hood up over his head past the hotel, before continuing down the street. This is the last known footage of Jack alive.
- It was later determined that at approximately 23:00, a possible witness believes he may have seen Jack share a cab with a stranger when he overheard the cab and it's unknown passenger were going to Newark, Delaware. To my knowledge, this second cab passenger nor the cab driver have been identified, and I can also find no information on the witness who believes he saw this interaction. This witness statement has never been corroborated and thus may not be accurate.
- Jack's body is found at approximately 09:56 at the Cherry Island Landfill in Wilmington, Delaware.
- Six miles away, Jack's neighbor in New Castle City, Robert Dill, observes an open window at Jacks house, and upon closer inspection, believes something is wrong. Because Dill is the property's caretaker whenever Jack is out of town, he feels comfortable to enter the house to make sure Jack is alright. Upon entry, Dill observes what he believes to be the scene of a burglary. Dill observes tipped over plants, kitchen appliances out of place, spice bottles strewn across the counter and floor, and broken dishes piled in the sink. Dill also observed what is later determined to be Comet powder all over the floor, with a single barefoot footprint visible in the powder. Lying on the floor, covered in powder, are Jack's ceremonial West Point sword and shield. A copy of the book A Long Grey Line, in which Wheeler was featured during his West Point days, is found on the table. Dill then calls police to report the burglary.
- Back in Wilmington, detectives are able to identify Jack's body, and contact New Castle City Police Department (NCCPD), where Jack's house is located. Upon contacting NCCPD, Wilmington detectives are informed that NCCPD Officers are currently already en route to Jack's residence to respond to Dill's reported burglary call.
Law Enforcement at the landfill are later able to determine the trash Jack's body was found it came from Newark(Delaware, not NJ). Newark is approximately 14 miles from Jack's last known location on camera in Wilmington. Subsequently, after zeroing in on several dumpsters on the route of the trash truck that dumped the trash in the landfill, they were able to locate Jack's DNA on a dumpster along the route. This led investigators to conclude Jack's body had been placed inside the dumpster sometime after leaving the Hotel DuPont camera the night before. Jack had no known connection to Newark Delaware. Important Facts:
- Jack suffered from Bipolar One Disorder, and while he was known to be responsible about taking his medication, people who suffer from Bipolar One can often suffer from mania despite their medication, and sometimes mania can stop them taking their medication altogether. Many believe much of his erratic behavior may have been caused by a bout of mania.
- The Drive from New Castle City to Wilmington takes approximately 12 minutes, yet on the 29th, Jack doesn't arrive at the (incorrect) parking garage for approximately 42 minutes after leaving New Castle City. His whereabouts in between leaving the pharmacy and arriving in Wilmington are as of yet unknown.
- The garbage men on the route Jack's body was found on stated that it was fairly common for them to find people sleeping in the dumpsters during the winter, as they had sliding side doors that were easily accessed and would keep you warm in the cold winter months. The drivers stated they did not check the dumpsters before loading them, and that it was not always possible to observe people inside the dumpsters yelling to get out.
- Jack's autopsy was performed the day he was found. (More on that later). The autopsy lists a number of severe injuries, including a collapsed lung, broken ribs, swollen lips, and external neck injury, lacerations, and more. (I am unable to find a copy of the autopsy report and would greatly like to see it if anyone has an idea how to obtain it, please let me know). The official Cause of Death is listed as Blunt Force Trauma, and the Manner of Death is listed as Homicide. There are also some conflicting reports as to whether Wheeler suffered a heart attack.
- Jack was wearing only one shoe when his body was found.
- Jack was found with an undisclosed amount of money on him. He still had is valuable West Point Ring, and a Rolex watch. One Source stated that his wallet was found on his body, despite him having reported it stolen several days earlier, but I can not seem to find a corroborating source, which is another reason I would like the autopsy results. Jack's wife has also stated that the wallet was never returned to her by police, indicating the police may have found it on his body and are keeping it as evidence. (This is pure speculation on my part.)
- Jack was having an intense ongoing dispute with the owner of the house being built across the street, and it was being built on part of a historic Battery Park, which Jack viewed as an offensive gesture to the history of the park and the soldiers who served there. This was the house that was smoked bombed, and the house where Jack's phone was found.
The prominent theories and the reasons I don't believe them are:
My Theory: (Please understand that much of this is speculation that I can not back up with fact)
- Jack was killed by a mugger: While of the three major theories this seems the most likely, I don't believe it for many reasons. Jack was found with a very expensive Rolex watch, an undisclosed but not insignificant amount of cash, and a valuable West Point Ring with a stone in it. These rings, depending on the year, can retail for up to $11,000. I don't necessarily believe a mugger would have known that, but I don't believe a mugger would take the time to beat someone to death, hide his body in a dumpster, and not bother taking a single item of value from his body. Is it possible? Yes. I just don't see it as plausible.
- Jack was being followed by someone who was paid to kill him: I have yet to hear a single shred of evidence to suggest someone was being paid to kill him. He was not privy to top secret information and had not been for some years, and his work was not sensitive enough to warrant some sort of espionage related murder. Contract killers also don't generally beat someone to death. The time it would take to kill them, and the risk of being caught, are just too high. Not to mention the killer would have somehow had to follow him from from his home in New Castle City, to Wilmington. Jack got a ride from the New Castle Pharmacy with strangers, which would mean the killer would have had to have been watching him outside the Pharmacy. Then in Wilmington, he would have waited in for an entire day for Jack to randomly head to Newark, and only then attack him, all while appearing on exactly zero of the camera footage following Jack down streets he walked down. It just doesn't seem plausible. Frankly, it's a little ridiculous.
- Jack was murdered over the dispute with the neighbor across the street: There aren't many people who believe this, but I have seen some suggest it. I don't understand the logic behind it. There is literally zero evidence to suggest it. As with the contract killer theory, the killer would have had to follow Jack all the way to Newark and then beat him to death. Over a house? Rich people don't do shit like that. Is it possible? Sure. But until I see some reason to suggest it may have occurred, I don't buy it.
Jack's wife is documented as stating that he had memory issues and would often forget to bring his medication, or take his medication when traveling. I believe it is possible he either did not bring his Bipolar meds to New York when he went there for Christmas Break, or forgot to take them when he was there. I believe this is the catalyst that starts a chain reaction of events that end with him dead. If you know anything about Bipolar meds, you know that if you suddenly stop taking them, you can become prone to sudden mood swings and erratic behavior, and that even if you start taking them again, it can sometimes take a week of steady use for them to stabilize you again. (Many in Jack's life, including his wife, believe his erratic behavior in the last two days of his life was caused by a manic episode, so I don't think it beyond the realm of possibility that it started because he forgot to take his meds.)
Jack's wife stated he left New York on the 28th to go to DC to work, despite the fact that they traditionally spend the week after Christmas going to the movies and spending time together in New York. This year however, he randomly decides to head to work on the 28th. To me, this could be a sign that his lack of medication is causing his manic behavior begin to set in. This apparently upset his wife and she was not happy with him for leaving New York before the holidays ended.
Jack works in DC for the day of the 28th, but at the end of the day, instead of going back to his family in New York, takes the train and heads south to his home in New Castle Beach. I have no proof, but I believe he leaves his briefcase on the train. The loss of his briefcase on the train (which contained his key fob and Mitre ID) causes his manic episode to begin to spike. (It's worth mentioning the briefcase has never been found)
Sometime during the night of the 28th, his mania becomes a little more apparent. Jack is known to be vehemently opposed to the house under construction across the street. I believe the house becomes the targeted focus of his mania. As stated in the timeline, someone is seen wearing dark clothes, and throwing fiery smoke bombs into the house under construction in an arson attempt. Jack's phone is also later found at the house. Receipts later found in Jack's house show he purchased dark clothing and a hooded ski mask that day, and his wife has actually since stated she believes he was the one attempting to burn it down. Jack's neighbor sees the dark intruder throwing smoke bombs and calls the police.
I believe Jack returns to his home and discovers he dropped his phone at the scene. He knows he can't return and grab the phone, because the police have responded, and thus he panics, exacerbating his mania even more. This is when he decides to send a letter to his company stating someone broke into his home. He tells them his briefcase, key fob, wallet, phone, and ID have been stolen. This kills two birds with one stone. It alleviates him from having to explain how he lost his briefcase on the train (assuming he even knows where he lost it), and if his phone is found at the scene of the arson attempt, it alleviates him from suspicion. (You would be surprised how often people do this with vehicles and firearms related to crimes. If you claim it was stolen, it saves you from being blamed for the crime).
It is also possible he simply doesn't know where his phone went, and doesn't know where he lost his briefcase, and begins to believe they have been stolen from him. Either way, my hypothesis is that recent events are causing his manic state to grow at this point. Some time before he leaves his house for the pharmacy around 18:00, he causes the mess seen by the neighbor in the kitchen. The broken plates, the haphazard spice bottles, and the mess on the floor. (His wife has stated that his mania can often bring on sudden and strong fits of anger). This mess being caused by Jack explains why it is limited to the kitchen, and why nothing from the house was actually stolen. It is also worth noting that from my observation, the kitchen window is facing the house under construction. Is it possible the mess in the kitchen was possibly cause by jack freaking out when watching the police search the house for their arson suspect, and knowing they may find his phone? Just more speculation.
On the 29th at 18:00, Jack walks to the pharmacy to try and hitch a ride. Why?
He often leaves his car at the AMTRAK station or in parking garages in Wilmington, and he always takes a cab to get home or return to his vehicle. We know he had cash on him, so why try to hitch a ride from a pharmacy?
I believe he intended to set out for the Pharmacy in order to obtain more medication. However, on the way to the pharmacy, because of his manic state, his focus shifts from medication to retrieving his car. (Maybe because he realizes he can't drive to the pharmacy and has to walk.) Thus by the time he arrives at the pharmacy, he looks randomly around at shelves (his meds would have been behind the counter), and then begins asking people for a ride to Wilmington. This is when the real speculation sets in.
The next time we see Jack, 40 minutes have passed. The ride should have been 10 or 12. He is disheveled, paranoid, dirty, erratic, and his shoe is torn, and in his hand instead of on his foot. Even for a manic episode, this kind of transformation is 40 minutes is extreme. I believe something happened during his ride to trigger a full blown mental crisis of some sort. Something exacerbated his manic status to the point where he entered a mental episode. I think he was either attacked and beaten up, or he jumped from a moving vehicle.(We will come back to this later). It is also possible he wasn't attacked, but was pushed or jumped of a vehicle. The truth is I don't know. All I know is we have missing time, and a complete change in mental and physical appearance, which leads me to believe something happened that rocked him enough to alter his mental state and physical appearance.
From this point forward, he is in a bad place. He can't find his car. (I haven't seen anything to state he even had his keys with him if he did.) He doesn't have his phone. Yet, he doesn't check into a hotel despite having money, he hides in the basement of the Nemours building, and spends the next day inside the large basement facility. (More evidence to me of a psychotic break) He has several strange interactions with workers. He steals a black sweatshirt from the employee locker room located in the basement to either disguise himself or stay warm.
Around 20:39, he leaves the Nemours building walks past the DuPont Hotel. This is his last time on camera.
Around 23:00, he is wandering downtown. I believe he doesn't know where he is going. Eventually, he overhears a passenger asking a parked cabbie if he will take him to Newark. Paranoid and wanting to leave Wilmington, Jack asks if he can split the ride and travel as well. I don't think Newark meant anything other than it was not Wilmington.
By the time he reaches Newark, it is nearing 23:30. It is late December. It is fucking cold. He has a dress shirt and a cotton sweatshirt. Manic and irrational, he finds a dumpster with a door on the side. Either to hide from whoever he thinks is following him, or to get out of the weather, he climbs through the door and into the dumpster. (As the trash collectors stated, many homeless would do the same in the winter months.)
Early in the morning, the garbageman drives his truck up, and with the hydraulic lift, tips the dumpster upside down into the compactor of his truck. The garbage inside causes numerous lacerations observed by the medical examiner. Sadly, Jack is still alive as the compactor starts up, and kills him. This is the cause the broken bones found in the autopsy. (This sadly happens to homeless people and dumpster divers across the country every year.) Ironically, several sources, including the medical examiner, go back and forth about whether Jack also had a heart attack. If he did, waking up inside a dumpster being turned upside down would probably be the cause.
Jack's body is discovered and identified the same day he is put in the landfill, and because of his prominence, an autopsy was performed that very day. (Somewhat uncommon). This leads me to believe that like several sources have stated, Jack was found with his wallet, proving that it wasn't stolen along with his briefcase. I don't see how detectives would have identified him before even leaving the landfill if he didn't have identification on him. He wasn't reported missing. He was a prominent figure but not the sort who would be recognizable to random police officers. His West Point ring didn't have his name, and even if it did, his name wouldn't have allowed them to know what town he was from, or his address, before they even leaving the landfill. His ID would have all that information, and it would explain why it has been repeatedly stated that he had money on him when he was found; it was in his wallet. (Another reason I want to see the autopsy report, as his effects should be listed.)
This brings me to my next theory;
The investigation and the news originally believed that because of his prominence, Jack was murdered and dumped in the landfill in order to hide his body. Detectives were almost immediately informed of the potential burglary at Jack's house, bolstering their theory that Jack had been murdered.
Because his autopsy was conducted the same day he was found, the police had yet to consider the idea that Jack had been dropped off by a garbage compactor. In fact, it would be several days before police came to the conclusion Jack was not dumped in the landfill. Thus, when the medical examiner performed the autopsy, he noted several things and came to a conclusion having already been under the impression Jack was a murder victim, and without considering a trash compactor as a possibility;
- He noted bruising and swelling on Jack's face, indicative of being hit. I believe this was caused by wounds Jack had received during an altercation during those missing 40 minutes between the New Castle Pharmacy and Wilmington. The wounds would have been new enough to appear to be fresh if you weren't looking for two separate incidents.
- He noted a number of lacerations in completely random places and sizes across Jack's body. I believe these could easily have been caused by the trash in the compactor. Lots of things in people's garbage can cut the fuck out of you.
- He noted broken bones and a collapsed lung. While these are signs of a serious beating, they, along with the lacerations, are also signs of being fucking crushed in a trash compactor.
I believe that, facing massive public pressure to return results, and under the same belief as the police that Jack was dumped in the landfill by his killer, the medical examiner saw what he wanted to see, which was a beating death. The truth is, it's kind of hard to tell how a lot of traumatic wounds occur without context to how the body was found, and if you have the wrong context, it can be easy to infer the wrong conclusion as to how the wounds were created.
I believe it is possible the ME or Law Enforcement may have even later realized as they followed Jack's erratic movements that due to Jack's bizarre mental status, they had made a mistake assuming it was a homicide, but facing immense national political pressure and media attention, they chose not to embarrass Jack and his family and keep it a homicide.
Do I have proof of this? No. But it makes sense to me. Maybe you guys think I am crazy or going out on a limb here, but I can't shake the feeling that the idea he was killed for no reason but not robbed just isn't the answer.
Let me know what you think, and tell me when I am wrong. I am not perfect. The theories put forth are my own, and like all posts I make, I would like to state that I am not perfect, so please be encouraged to point out flaws or mistakes in my arguments. I am fallible, and willing to see reason when my arguments are proven incorrect. https://www.esquire.com/entertainment/tv/a34417962/jack-wheeler-death-unsolved-mysteries-season-2/ https://meaww.com/unsolved-mysteries-john-jack-wheeler-body-ex-white-house-aide-dumpster-agencies-no-clue-netflix
Edit: I WOULD VERY MUCH LIKE TO READ THE FULL AUTOPSY REPORT, AND IF ANYONE HAS SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO OBTAIN IT, PLEASE LET ME KNOW.
If you haven’t read my post about Ted, you can find it below. However it’s pretty long, so I’m going to include a “TLDR;”
TLDR: 35-year-old Lois Williams and her 17-year-old daughter Karen, went missing from their Indianapolis, Indiana apartment on January 25th, 1967. They took nothing with them, and nothing of value was missing from the home. It is believed that a man named Melvin “Ted” Carr is responsible for their disappearance. They have never been found.
I submitted their cases to Namus and today I received word their cases are no longer “pending.” They have officially been moved to the “approved” list and will become public after the Indianapolis Police Department approves the listing. Email
I know it’s not much of an “update,” but I’m very excited and wanted to share the news with y’all. Original Post:
On April 20th 1977, around 4:30 A.M., 65-year-old Harriet Carr, who lived at 940 North Olney Street in Indianapolis, Indiana, noticed her garage door was slightly ajar and went to investigate. She entered the garage to find her husband, 62-year-old Melvin “Ted” Carr, dead of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Harriet rushed inside to turn off the still running car, only to discover her husband wasn’t the only one in the garage. In the open trunk of Teds car, Harriet saw three bodies; a woman, a teenage girl, and a very young boy. As Harriet ran screaming from the garage, neighbors called police.
The three bodies found in Teds trunk were identified as 24-year-old Karen Nills, her 2-year-old son Robert, and a 17-year-old girl named Sandra Harris. All three were killed by carbon monoxide poisoning, and it was determined that both Karen and Sandra had been sexually assaulted.
Police located a loaded .25 caliber revolver in Teds pocket, and noted Ted was carrying a handkerchief. A vacuum cleaner hose was found leading from the cars tailpipe towards the trunk of the car.
The evidence painted a picture of what had happened.
Ted had abducted the three victims, sexually assaulted the two women, then ordered them into the trunk at gunpoint. He then proceeded to drive his car into the garage, inserted one end of the hose into the tailpipe and the other into the trunk. He closed and locked the trunk and left his victims to die.
Deep scratch marks located on the inside of the trunk told investigators that the two women had fought ferociously in an attempt to escape, breaking their fingernails in the process. Unfortunately their escape attempt was unsuccessful.
When Ted went to confirm his victims were dead, he used the handkerchief to cover his face and opened the trunk. But Teds makeshift mask proved to be no match for the large amount of toxic gas that had filled the trunk and garage, and in a bizarre twist of fate, he succumbed to the fumes himself.
After an autopsy it was concluded that Ted had undiagnosed heart issues that may have made him more susceptible to the fumes.
So who was Ted Carr?
Melvin “Ted” Carr was born in Columbus, Ohio in 1915. In his youth, he was said to be a quiet but good student who made good grades and he rarely got in trouble. Ted spent his summers following his grandpa and dad to work. Over time, he became a very skilled craftsman. But as Ted got older, and after his parents divorced, his personality changed drastically.
According to people who knew Ted, he was “easy on the eyes” and always had a girlfriend, or two. But Ted also had a temper, especially with women.
Teds dad moved to Indiana and bought a small service station, while Teds mom remained in Ohio. Ted stayed with his mother and sister, Virginia, for a short while, but soon got an apartment of his own and a job working as a part time carpenter and painter.
At some point between 1933 and 1942, Ted was married for the first time, but I could find absolutely no information about his first wife.
In 1942 Ted joined the military. While stationed in Virginia he married a woman named Benny French. I couldn’t find any information about their marriage either, other than it didn’t last long. By 1943 the couple was divorced. I did, however, learn that Benny died at age 73 in California.
In 1943 Ted was discharged from the military and returned home to Ohio. He once again used newspaper advertisements to get work as a craftsman. In the same year, Ted was married to his third wife, Harriet, in Ohio.
Harriet was a graduate of Ohio State University. She was a school teacher and also gave private music lessons. She met Ted through a mutual friend, and after only dating for a few months, they were married.
In early 1945 Ted found himself in trouble with the law. A woman named Clara Esser hired Ted to build her a house, but after giving him almost 3,000 dollars and seeing nothing being built, she had him arrested.
In December of 1946 Ted was bound over to a grand jury, and in January of 1947 he was indicted on charges of receiving property under false pretenses. Ted waived his trial by jury and instead his case was presented in front of a judge on May 7th 1947. During the trial it was learned that Ted was on the FBI radar for some time. It was shown that he had been arrested several times for stealing vehicles, carrying concealed weapons, and writing bad checks as far away as San Fransisco.
Finally in June Ted was found guilty. It’s normally customary for the guilty person to remain incarcerated while a full investigation is being conducted, but the judge granted Ted a 2000 dollar bond, and while the investigation continued, Ted was a free man.
Three days after he was found guilty, Ted filed a motion for a new trial. It would take 8 months for a judge to deny his request.
During those eight months, Ted traveled quite extensively, leaving his wife Harriet to care for their home in Ohio. He was known to have traveled to Indiana, Illinois, Texas, Massachusetts, Wyoming, Idaho, and Nebraska.
In October of 1947 Ted was arrested in Kimball, Nebraska after he kidnapped two hitchhikers, a husband and wife named Robert and Betty Carney.
Betty and Robert were hitchhiking in an attempt to get out west. They told police after picking up the pair in Illinois, in a brand new Cadillac that was pulling a trailer, Ted asked them if they would be interested in working for him at a hunting lodge he claimed to own in Idaho. He also told them his name was John Marshall, the same name he used to write bad checks in California years before.
After agreeing to work for him, the couple said things went fine for a few days. Ted bought them food, gave them blankets to sleep with, and chatted with them the entire ride, even telling a joke or two.
Then on the third morning, as they reached a secluded road in Kimball, Nebraska, Teds attitude changed. He suddenly became extremely angry for no reason, and pulled a gun from under his seat. He stopped the vehicle along a secluded road and ordered the couple from the car at gunpoint.
He then proceeded to handcuff Robert to the trailer hitch and violently rape Betty. He struck both Robert and Betty in the face multiple times with the gun, leaving them bleeding and bruised.
Eventually Ted let the couple go and drove away.
The couple flagged down a passing motorist who took them to the police station. The couple explained what happened, and a short time later Ted was arrested for rape and kidnapping.
Believe it or not, Ted was once again granted a bond. He fled the state and headed back home to Ohio.
Finally in February of 1948, the Ohio judge denied Teds request for a new trial. But on the day of his sentencing, Ted requested a continuance for later in February and again for March. The judge agreed. During that month Ted fled Ohio with Harriet and the pair headed for Indiana.
In March of 1948 the Ohio judge who had granted Ted the bond and continuances, decided to seek money from a man named Jack Abrams who had signed Teds 2000 dollar bond. After the state had spent a considerable amount of time and money working on the case against Ted, Jack was charged only 65 dollars, and a warrant was issued for Ted.
After settling down in Indiana, Ted continued to find work as a carpenter and also worked for his dad at his service station. While working at the gas station he met a woman named Lois Williams, who along with her daughter, would later go missing, never to be found.
In February of 1967 it was reported that Lois Williams, a 35-year-old divorcée, and her 17 year old daughter Karen, had gone missing from their apartment. Lois’ father had last heard from his daughter and granddaughter in January.
He called police to preform a welfare check. Police noted that Lois’ house was spotless, and nothing appeared to have been taken, not even Lois or Karen’s winter coat, despite the freezing temperatures outside. Karen’s school books sat open on the table, the tv was on.
A missing/endangered persons report was issued.
By the time Lois went missing, she knew Ted Carr well. Ted had met her while working at his dads service station where Lois would frequently take her car for repairs. It was rumored that both Lois and her daughter Karen had a sexual relationship with Ted, though the relationship with Karen was never confirmed.
On the evening Lois was last seen, a neighbor and co-worker of Teds, named Calvin Campbell, witnessed Lois and Karen leave the gas station in Teds car. Hours later, he returned alone and angry, telling the coworker he was mad at Lois who he claimed had went into a bar and refused to come out.
Ted ordered Calvin to close the shop and he did so. The following morning as Calvin was readying for work, Teds dad came across the street yelling that Ted had been beaten up and robbed. Calvin found Ted on the ground, seemingly dazed, incoherent, and bloody. Ted told Calvin a story of how someone had mugged him outside of the service station, but insisted Calvin not call police.
Calvin went inside to check if anything had been stolen from the business. Nothing was missing, but Teds car, the same one he was driving the night before, was on a lift. It had been cleaned with a pressure washer inside and out, with particular focus on the trunk.
Calvin quit his job at the service station after that. Calvins wife, Maurine, believes she was almost a victim of Teds as well. She said one night Ted informed her he was going to the hospital because he was having trouble breathing. Later that night, and while Calvin was working his new night job as a janitor, Ted called her from “the hospital.” He requested she check to see if he had left the garage door open, claiming he was worried he may had left it open and feared for the safety of his tools inside.
Maurine and Calvin had been informed of Teds past and the suspicions that surrounded him by police, so she decided not to go.
It was later discovered that Ted had
been at the hospital that evening, but a nurse discovered he had vanished from his room, never bothering to check out, hours before the phone call to Maurine was made. Another neighbor reported seeing his car parked a block away that evening.
Maurine thinks Ted used the landline he had in his garage to call her and believes it was Teds failed attempt at kidnapping her.
Like Maurine, Teds other neighbors found him to be “weird.” They claimed he would often tinker in his garage or do yard work late into the night. One neighbor even claimed he built an entire privacy fence in a single night. They also said they rarely ever saw Harriet, but they would occasionally hear her talking to Ted, who would never respond to her.
Early into the disappearance of Lois and Karen, Police searched Teds garage and found personal papers belonging to Lois in a suitcase, Lois’ watch was also discovered in the garage of the gas station, but no other evidence was discovered and police didn’t believe they had enough to charge Ted with the crime.
In early 1971, Ted was convicted of swindling an elderly blind woman out of her life savings. After giving Ted her power of attorney, he left the handicapped 81-year-old widow with only 30 dollars in her savings account.
Shortly after, he was suspected of forcing a 10 year old girl to commit “an abnormal sex act” under the threat of being raped. He was never charged for this crime.
Later that same year, Ted received five years in jail after he took a 14-year-old girl named Joyce Kinley to Mexico for “immoral” purposes.
Ted had opened a store selling “specialty pottery and ceramics from Mexico.” Teds landlord, a man named Roy Henley, who was also the Kinleys landlord, made the suggestion that Ted take Joyce with him on a trip to Mexico to employ her as his assistant. Her mother, Maurine, agreed and the two spent three weeks in Mexico.
Joyce called her mother daily, telling her Ted was mistreating her, but said he hadn’t attempted to have sex with her. Upon their return, Maurine and Roy demanded Ted give them 500 dollars for them to not report what had happened. Ted agreed and gave them the money.
Shortly after, Maurine signed over her rights of Joyce to Ted, with the promise that Ted would pay for her schooling. It was also suggested by Roy that Ted marry Joyce in Mexico, to prevent any further issues.
Maurine agreed and accompanied Joyce and Ted to Mexico where the ceremony was performed.
Upon their return to the US, Ted was stopped at the border in Texas and questioned about the young girl. He was later arrested and sent back to Indiana where he received his sentence of five years.
Maurine would later testify she had lied about Teds abuse towards Joyce, and was merely in cahoots with Roy to extort money from Ted.
Neither Roy nor Maurine was arrested or charged with any crimes.
While Ted was in prison for the crime, correctional officers discovered several hand drawn maps of the interior of both the elderly woman and the 14-year-old girls homes. The maps also included Teds plans to kill them. He was also reported to put out two “hits” on a detective and an FBI agent.
Ted was released after serving only three of his five year sentence.
After the bodies were discovered in Teds garage, the investigation into Lois and Karen’s disappearance resumed. After a bit of a battle with Teds widow Harriet, police began excavating his yard and his basement and garage floor, where fresh patches of cement were found.
Unfortunately investigators were unable to locate Lois or Karen’s remains. Bones discovered in the backyard turned out to be animal bones, and the investigation stopped.
Some investigators believe they were not allowed an adequate amount of time to fully search the property. Ted was well known as an excellent craftsman, and had completely remodeled his basement shortly after Lois and Karen had disappeared.
Some investigators believe the pairs remains are still inside of the house somewhere, perhaps in a wall.
Lois’ father had believed for quite some time that Ted was responsible for their disappearance. He wrote to Ted while Ted was incarcerated. In the letter he said: I never did trust you. Those poor girls never did harm to a soul on earth. The suffering for them has passed. They are in Gods heaven. But what about you, Ted Carr? Have you thought about your own death and what lies beyond? I can’t imagine what your punishment will be, can you?
Unfortunately he passed away without ever getting any real closure, as Lois and Karen’s remains have never been found.
The house at 940 North Olney still stands today. I’ve included pictures of it from google street views.
After Teds death, more crimes he had committed came to light.
A 19-year-old woman who had worked for Ted for a short time, told investigators her life had been threatened by him only two weeks prior to Teds death. She said while on a trip to purchase auto parts for Ted, the car she was driving, that belonged to Ted, hit a patch of ice and she wrecked. She sustained minor injuries and was treated at a nearby hospital.
The woman asked Ted to pay her medical bills as she had been injured on the job. According to the woman, Ted told her he would only pay the bills in exchange for sexual favors. When she denied his request, he became violent, and threatened her by saying, ”If you ever go to the police or tell your attorney, I’ll make sure you never speak again.”
She was only the first person to come forward with claims about Ted. Soon after, more victims emerged with much more horrific stories involving Ted.
A 7-year-old girl identified Ted from his picture in the newspaper as the man who had sodomized her in a park in 1975. He had enticed her into his car and took her to a nearby alley where he sexually assaulted her. He then let her go on the other side of town, where she was found by police.
Three girls from Indiana also named Ted as the man who abducted them from Indianapolis in 1975. The girls were walking to an amusement park on the far side of Indianapolis when they said a man forced them into his car at gunpoint and then took them to a secluded field next to some woods.
The man then cut the throats of the two older girls, ages 13 and 14, and raped the youngest girl, age 11, before stabbing her 15 times in the chest. He left the three for dead in the cornfield and drove away.
The two older girls managed to crawl through the field to the edge of a road where they were spotted by a passing motorist who got help. All three of the girls miraculously survived the attack.
While more victims of Teds came to light, so did an accomplice.
A 20-year-old carnival worker named Charles Crouch from Beech Grove, Indiana was arrested on conspiracy charges after he admitted to investigators that he had attempted to kidnap the three victims that were found in Teds trunk, Karen, Robert, and Sandra.
Charles told police Ted had picked him up while he was hitchhiking in Indianapolis. Ted then offered him money if he would drive Karen and Robert to the Texas/Mexico border where he said he would meet them. Charles agreed, but later Ted told him Karen wouldn’t go willingly, so it was time for a new plan.
Charles said after that the pair attempted to recruit others to stage a break-in at the Nills house with the offer of guns of money. Ted wanted Karen and her son Robert to be tied up, and the house robbed. He also quoted Ted as saying after the job was done, he wanted the robbers ”to leave the apartment and never look back.”
However, they were unsuccessful in their attempts to hire someone.
Detectives theorized Ted was planning on entering the apartment after the staged robbery occurred, and killing the three people inside.
Charles said that on the night of April 18th, Ted picked Karen, Robert, and Sandra, up from Karen’s apartment. He said they all arrived at Teds house at 10 P.M. and went into the garage. Charles said they “hung out” and sniffed glue from a paper sack.
Charles said when he left around midnight, Karen was still huffing glue, while Robert slept in the front seat of Teds car, and Sandra was sleeping in the backseat.
When Charles left Teds garage, Ted requested he take a different vehicle of Teds to a tavern and leave it parked there. Charles drove the car to the tavern as instructed and left on foot. The car was found three days after Ted died.
Charles said on the day of the killings he left for Richmond, where he worked as a maintenance man for a different carnival. Upon his return to the carnival in Indiana, a police informant called investigators and told them Charles was back. He was then arrested.
Charles bond was set for 20,000 dollars and he was given a court date. On the day of his sentencing, his charges were dropped from conspiracy to commit murder, to conspiracy to commit a felony. I could find no record of what his sentence ultimately was.
Charles wasn’t the only one police questioned. A short time after Teds death, police brought in one of their own.
Francis Wright, then 45, was a former Marion County Sheriffs Deputy. He was promised immunity in exchange for his testimony regarding Lois Williams disappearance.
Another former deputy claimed that Francis had told him he attempted to borrow money from Ted shortly after Lois Williams and her daughter had disappeared. The other deputy advised him against it.
Francis said while he was “friendly” with Ted, he denied ever asking him for money. He also said he had never seen Lois Williams or her daughter, and knew nothing about their disappearance or if Ted was involved. Sources:
Here are two Imgur albums of articles I clipped about Ted. Album 1 Album 2 Court Transcripts Teds Obituary Harriets Obituary