Crime Pays

Inspired by his father’s unsolved murder, Austinite David Wheeler wrote a killer computer program that helps cops catch crooks.

On May 27, 1981, millionaire Roger Wheeler was gunned down gangland-style while walking to his car at a country club in Tulsa. Wheeler, 55, was the president and CEO of Telex Corporation, a computer hardware company, and had interests in a magnesium plant in West Texas, a jai alai operation in Florida, and a host of other businesses. The murder made national headlines, but no one was charged in the case, and it remains open to this day—to the great dismay of Wheeler’s son David, who at the time was working for his father as a computer

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