Author: Don Adams
Don Adams could have unknowingly been a pawn in the political chess game involving the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. Now almost fifty years later, he has consciously made a decision to write about his unwittingly, possible participation in this historical event in his book From an Office Building with a High-Powered Rifle.
This two hundred and twenty six page soft cover book has a close up photograph of President John Kennedy on the front with several paragraphs about the book and author along with his photograph on the back. Inside also includes a Publisher’s Forward, Dedication and Appreciation, Introduction, Prologue, Epilogue, and Afterword along with a forty eight page Document Section and Index. Lots of black and white photographs and reports are scattered among the chapters. Only a few minor capitalization errors were noted in the first chapter.
The book is written in first person by Adams, at the time a thirty-two year old rookie working for the FBI who is quickly assigned to a small office in Georgia. The first few chapters explain his upbringing, detailed-obsessed detective father, and joining and going through the rigors of the FBI extensive training, only to start climbing the company ladder quickly due to his mature age. However, in hindsight, perhaps he was being set up as a tool to the potential cover up of an assassination plot made weeks before JFK’s death.
Most of the book surrounds a case involving Joseph Milteer, a man who Adams is strangely instructed by the FBI to find in Georgia and ask only five specific questions days after the President’s death. He frantically looks for him, but does not find him until five days later, and dutifully executes his job and reports. However, throughout the years, he is haunted by questioning his bosses and people involved when he finds out he was never told key prior information about Milteer plotting to kill the President “from an office building with a high powered rifle.”
Although sometimes repetitive, Adams does an extremely thorough job of connecting the dots by tracking down and including copies of official FBI documents from the 1960s, which some obviously show drastic inconsistencies, errors, and even untruths to what Adams experienced and reported. He is convinced that Oswald was not the lone shooter in Dallas and suggests not only Milteer’s involvement along with others, but perhaps knowledge by President Lyndon Johnson and FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover.
With so many years passing and so many people no longer alive from 1963, it is time for the truth to be revisited. Adams gives the reader a lot to consider and think about in providing a plethora of documentation along with quotes of forgotten people involved and past written books about the topic. For anyone that remembers that fatal day in American history, this book brings back such haunting memories that it is well worth spending time contemplating the distinct possibility of a well-orchestrated governmental cover-up.
Posted June 2012: