Katherine Klyce was John “Jack” Wheeler’s second wife. She last saw her late husband on December 26, 2010. Wheeler was killed a few days later and found dead in Delaware. Wheeler had two children, twins John Parsons Wheeler IV and Katherine Marie Wheeler, from his first marriage to Elisa Wheeler. Klyce, 74, had two daughters from her first marriage, daughters Byrd and Meriwether.
Klyce Was Described as a ‘Diminutive Woman & Transplanted Southerner’ in a Washington Post Feature
Online records show that Klyce is a native of Tennessee. In May 2017, a Washington Post feature on Wheeler’s case described Klyce as a “diminutive woman and transplanted Southerner.”
When Klyce last saw her husband, the pair had a dispute after Wheeler refused to go to her cousin’s wedding in Cambridge, Massachusetts, she told Slate in February 2011. At the time, Klyce was based in the couple’s New York City home, where the couple divided their time.
Klyce Founded a Cambodian Silk Importing Business in 2004
Klyce said in the Slate interview that she was treated like a criminal by investigators at the time. In the same interview, Kylce said that she founded a Cambodian silk importing company, Takeo Textiles, in 2004. According to Klyce’s LinkedIn page, she is the owner of Katherine Klyice International LLC in New York City. In April 2011, The Daily Press reported that Klyce maintained a condo in the Harlem section of New York City on account of her import business.
In May 2015, Klyce was present, along with other members of her family at a ceremony to honor Wheeler.
Klyce’s Niece Was Stabbed More Than 50 Times in an Horrific 1995 Murder
In 1995, Klyce’s niece, Emily Klyce Fisher, was killed after she was stabbed more than 50 times by a man named Alfred Turner. Klyce spoke about the horrific murder in a 2007 feature in Memphis Magazine. Klyce told the magazine that earlier that year, she had flown in from her home in Delaware to attend Turner’s parole hearing. Turner was denied parole.
Klyce is also quoted as saying, “Since the last trial, I’ve thought that if I had never left Memphis, Emily’s murder would never have happened. A friend calls that magical thinking.” The article finished with Klyce saying, “I still want Emily to be alive, here, now.”
Wheeler’s First Wife, Elisa, Is an Ordained Reverand
The Washington Post reported in 1989 that Kylce’s first wife, Elisa, was ordained as an Episcopal price at St. Columba’s Church in Northwest. His first wife’s maiden name was Deportes. The couple told the Post in the feature that both of their children had been born with health issues. Their daughter had a seizure shortly after being born and their son had a heart murmur.
The Daily Press reported in 1997 that Elisa Wheeler was a theological graduate of Virginia Theological Seminary. Wheeler is reported to have served in Washington D.C., Maryland, South Carolina and Virginia.