The Unsolved Murder of Ivan Wheeler
Dear loyal readers: A quick note before you read this case that occurred years ago in my current hometown, London, Ontario. This is a short article because Ivan’s murder receives little to no attention, and as a result there just isn’t much information out there. Nevertheless, this doesn’t mean the case should be ignored. In fact, perhaps it deserves more of our time and attention than the more popular cases that already receive plenty of coverage. As always, thanks for reading, spreading the word, and helping to shine a light on unsolved cases.
Case File Overview
On Friday, February 18th, 1977, in London, Ontario, 27-year-old Ivan Wheeler was murdered while on shift driving his cab.
At approximately 5:15 am, a police officer was patrolling the area of Cheapside Street at Highbury Avenue. When the officer pulled up to cab #457 of the U-Need-A-Cab cab company in the parking lot of 1345 Cheapside Street, he made a grim discovery. Ivan was dead inside the car.
Location of Ivan’s cab
An autopsy later revealed that Ivan had been killed execution-style by a gunshot to the back of the head.
The authorities think that Ivan left Thamesville, Ontario around 10:00 pm on February 17th and might have picked up a passenger somewhere along Highway 401 on his way back to London, Ontario. The police noted that the fare owing on the meter was $6.05.
Fare owing at the time of Ivan’s murder
Ivan’s murder has never been solved.
Case File Theories
Murdered by a passenger
It’s difficult to formulate detailed theories in this case because, as I mentioned above, there is very little to go on. It seems probable the perpetrator was sitting in the backseat of the cab at the time of the murder given that Ivan was shot in the back of the head. Maybe Ivan never even saw it coming. This senseless crime likely took place during a robbery attempt, but the police have never released if anything was missing from the cab, such as cash Ivan collected from other passengers during his shift or his float. A passenger also could have killed Ivan because they panicked when they couldn’t pay the amount they owed for their trip. However, $6.05 in 1977 is only equal to about $22.89 in today’s dollars, making this unlikely.
Murdered by someone he knew
If Ivan wasn’t murdered by a passenger, he could have been killed by someone he knew. Perhaps he had enemies, and someone wanted him dead. There is no information available as to motive in this case, so it’s really hard to say. However, I do think that the right answer is typically the obvious, simplest one. Therefore, it’s much more plausible that Ivan was murdered by a passenger during a robbery.
Who do you think murdered Ivan?
Ivan Wheeler – London Police Service case file overview