Businessman, Roger Wheeler, the former chairman of Telex Corp. and former owner of World Jai Alai was murdered May 27, 1981 at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma while sitting in his car. At age 55, he was leaving the golf club after his weekly golf game and was murdered for having uncovering an embezzlement scheme that was going on at his business, World Jai Alai. Linked to the murder were H. Paul Rico, John Callahan, Whitey Bulger, Stephen Flemmi and Johnny Martorano. The first Tulsa Police detective to arrive at the scene of the crime was homicide detective Mike Huff.

Immediate suspicions led to speculation that the murder was a mob hit. But when at Huff’s request the Tulsa FBI asked the Boston FBI office for help, they received a terse reply that Boston had ruled out a Boston Mafia connection. Thus began years of a relentless pursuit by Mike Huff with resources provided by the Tulsa Police Department, other organizations in Boston, and Federal agencies to identify those connected to the murder of Roger Wheeler.

On March 14, 2001, three members of the Winter Hill Gang –Whitey Bulger, Stephen Flemmi and Johnny Martorano were indicted for Wheeler’s murder, with two alleged conspirators already dead. All three were convicted. After 16 years on the run, Whitey Bulger was convicted August 12, 2013.

Having served 36 years with the Tulsa Police, Mike Huff, now retired, is our storyteller on


Interview with Mike Huff

Program Credits:
Mike Huff — Interviewee
John Erling — Interviewer
Mel Myers — Announcer

Honest Media
Mel Myers — Audio Editor

Müllerhaus Legacy Website Team
Douglas Miller — Art Director
Mark DeMoss — Webmaster
Laura Hyde — Upload Coordinator
Anne Hall — Transcriptionist

Date Created: June 13, 2013

Date Published: September 23, 2013

Notes: Recorded by John Erling in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Digital Audio Sound Recording, Non-Music.

Tags: Chief Chuck Jordan, H. Paul Rico, Whitey Bulger, Stephen Flemmi, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., J. Edgar Hoover, John Callahan, Johnny Martorano, Chief Bob Dick, “Walking Tall”, Meyer Lansky, Southern Hills Country Club,Telex, Winter Hill Gang, World Jai Alai


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