Body found in freezer leads to murder charge for ex-Chicagoan
BY MITCH DUDEK Staff Reporter August 28, 2013 8:10PM
Eddie Sole | Family photo
Updated: August 29, 2013 2:29AM
Eddie Sole grew up in Englewood on the South Side, but his body was found earlier this month stuffed in the freezer of his home in Minnesota, wrapped in plastic and duct tape.
His girlfriend, Jetaun Wheeler, 29, is accused of killing Sole, 58, around Aug. 1 with a closet rod and hiding his body in a freezer in the garage of their home in Shorewood, about 18 miles west of the Twin Cities. Wheeler was charged Monday with second-degree murder.
“It was a big trunk freezer, the kind your grandmother had,” said Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman. Authorities said Wheeler purchased the freezer four days after Sole went missing.
Family members in Chicago suspected something was wrong in early August because Sole, who loved talking on the phone, hadn’t been in touch for several days.
Sole’s brother, Phillip Sole, drove from Chicago to Minnesota on Aug. 12 to ask Wheeler where his brother was.
“She said he took a bus back to Chicago two or three weeks ago,” said Phillip Sole, who doubted her story. Phillip Sole said Wheeler tried to flee in her car after he told her he’d notified police.
“I blocked her garage with my truck,” said Phillip Sole. Police started their investigation and Phillip Sole, after filing a missing persons report, returned to Chicago.
Nine days after the encounter, detectives searched the couple’s house and found bloody carpet under Wheeler’s mattress. Blood spatter led them to the garage, where they found the body in the freezer.
“I feel like I’m on a Lifetime movie,” Sole’s daughter Javonne Flowers told the Chicago Sun-Times Wednesday.
“She’s an evil person. A person without a heart. How can you do a person like that?” said Flowers, 40, who lives in south suburban Dolton.
Eddie Sole told relatives Wheeler had attacked him several weeks before he went missing, scratching his head and body with her fingernails.
“She scratched him up like a cat,” Flowers said.
Family members said Eddie Sole moved to Minnesota about 18 months ago to be with Wheeler, who is originally from the Chicago area.
George Jefferson, a close friend, said he spoke to Eddie Sole on July 31.
“He told me he was trying to get to a bus station to head back to Chicago and leave her, but his clothes were locked in Wheeler’s car and she had walked away. I told him, ‘Don’t worry about your clothes. You can get more clothes. Just go.’ He said he’d call me back, and that was the last I heard from him,” Jefferson said.
The couple’s relationship had gone downhill in the previous month, Sole’s friends and relatives said.
“She was just nitpicking at him about anything and everything,” Jefferson said. “It was apparent that she wasn’t in love with him. I’m pretty sure he knew that, but I don’t think he expected to be treated the way she treated him . . . I assumed the only reason she was being bothered with him was for the little financial assistance he gave her when he got his Social Security check each month.”
Eddie Sole, who had 10 children, was a happy-go-lucky person who would do anything for anyone, friends and relatives said.
“He always wanted to help people for some reason,” Jefferson said. “He never gave much thought to helping himself.”
Contributing: Associated Press