The sad part of the Wheeler story is ... Posted on September 10, 2021 at 12:55:12 PM by Tiger
... that it is forever linked to jai-alai.
And, as such, is immortalized in the unflattering "Jai-alai Screed Style Guide". All the stupid boilerplate is there for the poor hapless writers who, though knowing nothing about jai-alai, want to write about it anyway.
In fact, the Wheeler murder really has nothing at all to do with jai-alai - the game, that is.
World Jai-Alai, at least the Miami operation, was simply too perfect a target for the mob. Tons of cash, and poor (if any) internal controls - just begging to be skimmed. It could just as easily have been a chain of car washes or fast-food restaurants, 'cept the take wouldn't have been as good.
Again, nothing at all to do with the game of jai-alai, yet the stigma persists. Replies: