From an Office Building with a High-Powered Rifle
Trine-Day Press, Walterville, OR
The murder of John F. Kennedy is a crime of such historical significance that we still live with the consequences. After almost fifty years, there is no consensus as to what really happened. It is arguably the greatest murder mystery of modern times.
As a rookie FBI agent in November 1963, Don Adams was assigned to investigate a possible threat against the president, nine days before the assassination. An informant had alerted authorities to a meeting at a national right wing convention, at which Joseph Milteer, a radical racist, had threatened the president. Later, in a recorded conversation, Milteer spoke of a plot to kill the president “from an office building with a high-powered rifle.” Days later the president was dead, and Adams was ordered to relocate Milteer and detain him for questioning. Fraught with guilt over his possible failure to prevent the tragedy, Adams searched desperately for five days. When he finally found and interrogated the man, his FBI boss inexplicably limited the interview to five innocuous questions, none of which led to any evidence, and Milteer was released.
Unbeknownst to Adams, it had already become gospel that Milteer was in Georgia on Nov. 22, 1963, so further inquiries were unnecessary. In June of 1964 Adams was transferred to Dallas, joined the ongoing investigation, and was shown the grisly Zapruder film. When he disagreed with the official verdict that all shots had come from the rear, Adams was strongly advised to keep his comments to himself. Criticism was discouraged.
Years later, Adams saw a photograph of Milteer standing in the crowd along the presidential motorcade route in Dallas on Nov. 22nd, and began to question the official story. When he searched the National Archives for his original reports on Milteer, they were nowhere to be found. Why was a rookie assigned to this “top priority” case in the first place? Why was he even included in the perfunctory Dallas investigation, when it had already been decided that Oswald was the “lone” killer? After two decades of his own research and study, here is Don Adams’ testimony.
Don Adams, currently a security consultant, worked for twenty years as an FBI Special Agent. He has served as Chief of Police for Fairlawn, Ohio and served in the Army during the Korean War.