DATE: March 1,2000
PLACE: Idyllwild Ca.
TIME: 21:56 (9:56 pm)
VICTIM: JAMES R. WILDER AGE 40 yrs.
HEMET SHERIFF FILE # DR00061075
IDYLLWILD PARAMEDIC # 2000103
CORONER CASE # 2000-1305
Wilder was a gay man who moved from San Diego to the small resort village of Idyllwild (located above Palm Springs) Wilder ran a bed and breakfast in Idyllwild, called the Idyllwilder.. Some of the town folks disliked Wilder due to his lifestyle, but most of his problem would come from the “local sheriff deputies”.. During his stay in Idyllwild, Wilder became well known for his “generousity” toward those less fortunate than himself..as a result, the “every town typical free loaders” frequented Wilders residence.. Which in turn, gave some of the townspeople and deputies more of a reason to dislike this gay man.
Wilder had a reputation for harboring drug users, Wilder himself began drinking quite heavily….In February, Wilder was called upon by Attorney Tracee Lorens of San Diego to testify on behalf of her client, Fred Fisher.. also of San Diego, against Wilder’s former lover of 15 yrs. A very well known businessman in San Diego…..Wilder had already been warned, that should he testify, he would be killed.. After receiving the threats, Wilder informed attorney Tracee Lorens that he would rather be held in Contempt of court, than be murdered….Wilder, still receiving “palimony” payments from this wealthy ex-lover, had been totally cut off from the monetary support which had been provided to him….This was done to “put Wilder in line”. Wilder, being the stubborn individual he was, changed his mind and decided to testify anyway…..which he did…At this time Wilder was told by the very wealthy businessman, “WAIT TILL YOU SEE WHAT HAPPENS TO YOU NOW” THREE WEEKS LATER……WILDER WAS FOUND DEAD!
Monday Feb.28th, Wilder called several people stating he still had CRIMINAL EVIDENCE in his HOME against this (ex-lover)….He said he was in fear that this individual was going to have him killed….He phoned his mother back East, pleading for her to promise, should something happen to him…..she was to go to his home, and take the evidence to the District Attorney.. Tuesday Feb.29th, Wilder again called his mother back east, but he also phoned Attorney Tracee Lorens in San Diego requesting that she help him to obtain a Restraining Order against the man that had threatened to have Wilder killed….(ALL INFORMATION FROM INTERVIEWS/RECORDS)
Wednesday March 1,2000…Hemet Sheriff’s received a 911 call of a man down in front of the Idyllwilder Cabins..Paramedics, upon receiving the call, informed dispatch that this “white house” was known to have unsavory characters frequent the address..with that Paramedics (located 2 minutes from the scene ) stayed on hold waiting the arrival of a Deputy within the Idyllwild area….911 tape was cut off so as not to reveal the conversation between dispatch and the deputy being summoned.. The Deputies received the call at 22:04 (10:04pm).. However, the deputies REPORT…..they spent 25 MINUTES looking for the right house.. The next paragraph reads, they were very FAMILIAR with this residence.. Deputies summoned paramedics, Paramedic Jack Peckman hooked up the heart monitor, found no heartbeat and left.. Sometime during the next several hours, one of the deputies removed the Ruby and Diamond ring from Wilders finger and took it….(FROM REPORT) Wilders house had been ransacked and robbed of many valuable antiques..
Detective Rick Zerkel from the Hemet Sheriff’s Dept. was lead investigater..
ACCOUNTING FROM OFFICIAL RECORDS:
#1—-Wilder was found laying on the floor, inside of his front door.
#2—Wilder was clad in a pull over shirt, pajamas, and bare foot..
#3–Someone had placed a pillow under Wilder’s head, and threw a jacket over his body..
#4–Wilder had two head wounds, one to his right forehead, another to his left.
#5–Autopsy reveals Wilder had a fresh injection site on his left arm.. (ALTHOUGH NO NEEDLE OR PARAPHENALIA WAS FOUND)
#6–Autopsy reveals Wilder had No PILLS in his stomach..
#7–Toxicology reveals only “ALCOHOL and HYDROCODONE” in system..
“BRIEFING GIVEN TO CORONER INVESTIGATOR BY DET. ZERKEL”
WILDER WAS DEPRESSED, SUICIDAL, IV DRUG USER and ALCOHOLIC. ZERKEL ALSO CLAIMED, there were 4 NARCOTIC PRESCRIPTION REFILL FORMS FOUND ON WILDER’S CABINET..
Autopsy confirms, Wilder’s organs were healthy and sound, not ravaged by the disease process brought about by alcohol and substance abuse.. DOCTOR PERFORMING AUTOPSY, AFTER RECEIVING ALL OF THIS NEGATIVE INFORMATION……”ASSUMED” the NEEDLE MARK was no more than a THERAPEUDIC PROCEDURE and Documented it as so.. EVEN THOUGH PARAMEDICS HAVE CONFIRMED, they administered NO INJECTION. Detective Zerkel handled this case as a SUICIDE..as a result, Records show, by the time fingerprinting was done by forensics.. they could find NO COMPARABLE PRINTS…..EVIDENCE ALSO SHOWS, the re-fill forms for narcotics were in fact, 2 receipts from prior medicines.. Not Re-fills for Narcotics at all..
CASE CLOSED AS>>>>>>>>>>>>>>”ACCIDENTAL OVERDOSE”???????? COMPLAINT TO INTERNAL AFFAIRS MADE IN JUNE 2000 BOTTOM LINE: THIS IS BEING “HUSHED UP” Story submitted: