Donald A. Adams became a Special Agent of the FBI on Sept. 10, 1962.
He completed 14 weeks of training in Washington, D.C., and Quantico, Va. Upon completion of training, he returned to his home in Akron, Ohio to spend the holidays. On New Year’s Day, Jan. 1, 1963, he and his family departed Akron for his first office in Atlanta, Ga.
As a new FBI Special Agent, Donald A. Adams was assigned to duties in the Atlanta FBI field office. In June of that year, he was assigned within that Division to a Resident Agency in Thomasville, Ga. He had worked out of that Resident Agency for several months as a Road Trip Agent while awaiting his assignment there. While working in that Resident Agency, on Nov. 13, 1963, and for a number of days thereafter, Adams was assigned to investigate Joseph Adams Milteer. During the latter part of October and again in early November, Milteer made threats to kill President John F. Kennedy, either in Florida and or in Washington, D.C. Those threats and Adams’ subsequent investigation of Milteer were just prior to the JFK assassination on Nov. 22, 1963.
In June of 1964, Adams was assigned to the Dallas FBI office and participated in the investigation of President John F. Kennedy’s murder. It was in Dallas that Adams first viewed the Abraham Zapruder film of the killing of President Kennedy and visited the Texas School Book Depository. In both of those instances, Adams remembers his observations as being contrary to the direction of the current investigation; specifically, he did not believe that Lee Harvey Oswald could have been the assassin, nor did he believe that the President was shot only – if at all – from the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository.
Cautioned to keep his observations to himself, he continued his work as a Special Agent. Shortly after that, on Sept. 27, 1964, the Warren Commission made public its 888-page final report naming Lee Harvey Oswald as the lone assassin of President Kennedy and the sole shooter responsible for the wounding of Texas Gov. John Connally.
For Adams, the Warren Commission’s report drew to a close the chapter of his life – in particular the Joseph Adams Milteer investigation – having to do with the assassination of the 35th President … at least for the next 29 years.
In 1993, Adams was reading “High Treason,” a book about the JFK assassination by Robert Groden and Harrison Livingston. While leafing through that book, he caught sight of a photograph that sent chills down his spine. It showed Joseph Adams Milteer standing on Houston Street in Dealey Plaza, Dallas, Texas, in the moments before President Kennedy was assassinated.
According to Adams, “‘High Treason’ changed my life and started me on the quest to uncover the inconsistencies that were pervasive in the investigation of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.”
Those inconsistencies start with Lee Harvey Oswald and what Adams realized when he transferred to Dallas as a Special Agent in 1964.
“My purpose is to accomplish two things: to prove that Lee Harvey Oswald was not the shooter and to make the public aware that President Kennedy would not have been killed had our government – from then-Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, and others in the FBI to the other government agencies, police officers and on down – done their work properly.
“If I succeed in raising enough questions and interest, I would like to see, at the least, the documents still sealed by the government concerning this event opened to the public. I would also hope that a thorough and comprehensive investigation could be undertaken and the truth of what really happened – almost 50 years ago – finally be revealed.”
In his quest for the truth, Adams has compiled documents and relevant testimony that point out the inconsistencies and errors in the assassination investigation. Both his DVDs and his nearly completed book provide the solid foundation for his contentions about the assassination. Both also raise questions that need to be answered so that the truth can finally be told.
For example, Adams has made a detailed study of Oswald’s role in the assassination.
“Oswald was not in a position to have made any of the shots he reportedly made because he was seen in the employee break room of the Texas Book Depository moments after the first shot was fired. A Dallas police officer and the Book Depository’s superintendent confronted a man in the break room drinking a half-finished Coke, a man who was not perspiring, not breathing hard and appeared very calm to both of them.
“The officer asked the man, ‘Who are you and why are you here?’ The man answered, ‘Lee Harvey Oswald’ and said he ‘worked here in the Book Depository.’ The officer asked the superintendent if Oswald was an employee. The superintendent said he was. The two men then left Oswald.
“If one studies the building, they would find that had Oswald been the shooter, he would have had to run from the shooting loft, across to the other corner of the building, hide a weapon under empty boxes, then run to the stairs and down four flights of stairs. He then would have had to run to the break room where he was confronted. This would have been IMPOSSIBLE for anyone to do. Now add to those facts the testimony from two other employees of the Book Depository who saw Oswald in the break room at around the same time that the shootings took place.
Secondly, and as important as the above, is the fact that the President was found by the doctors in Trauma Room 1 of Parkland Hospital to have an entrance wound in his throat, “meaning a shot had to come from the front,” said Adams. “There was no exit wound in the back of the president’s neck, and the president’s limousine had a bullet hole in the front windshield. This one fact alone eliminates Oswald as the lone shooter, yet this was not investigated by the FBI or the Dallas Police, nor was it reported or referenced by the Warren Commission in their report.
”Thirdly, Oswald and Jack Ruby, the man who shot and killed Oswald on national television the Sunday following the assassination, knew each other. They had been identified as being together in New Orleans and were seen together a number of times after that and before the President was assassinated. Beverly Oliver, an employee of Ruby’s at the Carousel Club, has testified that, ‘Ruby, Oswald and three other men were in a meeting at the club one week before Nov. 22, 1963.’”
According to Adams, President Lyndon Johnson told FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover that Lee Harvey Oswald – once he was identified – had to be the shooter of the president. That “order” was followed from the very top to the very bottom of those doing the investigation.
“My DVDs show the various facts and evidence that prove FBI personnel, including my partner, Special Agent Royal McGraw, a Georgia native, were involved in many violations of stringent FBI rules and procedures in report writing and investigative work. These violations not only jeopardized the lives of each of us involved in the investigation, but which, when taken as a whole, led to the assassination of the President. Of this, I am convinced!”
Conspiracy or coincidence? According to Adams, while the word “conspiracy” is used over and over, there are some who do not know the meaning of the word.
“Conspiracy is when two or more persons conspire to commit a crime, a criminal act or a violation of federal and/or local laws,” Adams said. “In the case of Joseph Adams Milteer, the conspiracy occurred in the latter part of October 1963 when he and three others met in a meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana, and talked about killing President Kennedy and how they would do it.
“The taping of Milteer’s conversation with Miami police informant William Somersett on Nov. 9, 1963, some two weeks before the President’s murder is a blatant example of a violation of conspiracy laws. They are recoded talking about killing President Kennedy from an office building with a high-powered rifle. If that’s not conspiracy, I don’t know what is!”
Nearly 50 years later, there are still too many unanswered questions, explains Adams. “While the why this happened is a question we may never answer, it becomes increasingly obvious that President John F. Kennedy should not have died on Nov. 22, 1963. It also becomes even more obvious that Lee Harvey Oswald did not and could not have been the lone assassin as determined by the Warren Commission.”
For Adams, the work he has undertaken investigating the inconsistencies in the assassination has been a difficult thing to do.
“I am investigating and writing about the very agency for which I worked and for which I have the greatest respect. Regardless of the things that I talk about and write about that deal with inept or deliberate acts by a small number of people, the reader should know that the vast majority of men and women in the FBI are dedicated to their country and to the work they are doing. They are persons of the very highest standards, with a very solid foundation of values and principals. That is what I believe makes the FBI the greatest law enforcement agency in the business. Many times over my Bureau career, I have seen these men and women work together as a very finely tuned, precision team; they get the work done with the very best results. I am very proud to have been one of them.
“The reader also must know that my belief is that when the Director of the FBI – in this case, J. Edgar Hoover – takes an attitude that is contrary to a good and solid investigative direction, then the people who work under him are compelled to follow his direction. That direction may detour those men and women from what they know to be the proper direction and away from the investigative procedure they must follow. Thus, the true and correct investigation fails. It is my belief that this is what happened in the assassination investigation.
“This is a small sample of what I have discovered in various publications over the past 47 years. We have to wake up … all the inconsistencies and deception must be uncovered. History and the American people deserve no less.”
Today, an author of several articles, the subject of countless media interviews and a respected authority on the JFK assassination, Adams has traveled the United States speaking about his ongoing investigation into Joseph Adams Milteer and into the murder of President Kennedy. He continues to work on his book, “From an Office Building with a High-Powered Rifle,” which is expected to be completed by the end of 2010.
Date Recorded: 6/28/2012
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