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 fifty-five, he was leaving the golf club after his weekly golf game and was murdered for having uncovered 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 sixteen years on the run, Whitey Bulger was convicted August 12, 2013.
Having served thirty-six years with the Tulsa Police, Mike Huff, now retired, is our storyteller on VoicesofOklahoma.com.
Interview with Mike Huff
Müllerhaus Legacy Website Team
Date Created: June 13, 2013
Date Published: September 23, 2013
Notes: Recorded by John Erling in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Digital Audio Sound Recording, Non-Music.