HISTORY OF THE DAY
According to Oleg Loginov.
THE MURDER OF DON BALLS
The story of Donald Fifield Bolles could be an example for Russia. Of course, this is not an example of how to deal with journalists involved in corruption investigations. They can do it in Russia anyway. And an example of how the journalistic community can unite to complete what their colleague started and thereby honor his memory.
John Harvey Adamson, a former tow truck operator and dog breeder, called Don Balls, an investigative reporter for The Arizona Republic, a Pulitzer Prize nominee, on June 2, 1976. And he said that he had information about the connections of Republican leaders in Arizona with land fraud. Balls specialized in investigating corruption crimes and could not miss such a chance.
On June 2, 1976, Don left a short note in his typewriter at the editorial office, informing him that he would meet with an informant, then go to a breakfast meeting and return around 13:30. For Balls, this was a normal work routine. But in the evening he was waiting for a holiday. He planned to go to the cinema with his second wife Rosalie Kass first, and then celebrate their eighth wedding anniversary with dinner.
Don Balls and his car after the explosion
The source promised Don information about a land deal involving leading state politicians and, possibly, the mafia. And made an appointment at the Clarendon Hotel in Phoenix. Balls waited for a while for the person who had made the appointment for him in the lobby of the hotel. Then he was called to the reception desk, where, probably, he was told by phone that the meeting was canceled.
Balls left the hotel, and went to the parking lot on Fourth Avenue, where he left his car. When Don got into his car in the parking lot and started the engine, there was an explosion.
Police later determined that the explosion was caused by six sticks of dynamite that someone had attached to the car while the reporter was at the hotel.
Dying, Balls said: «The Mafia… still got me… John Adamson… find him.»
John Adamson at the time of the crime and after being in prison
The guards detained Adamson and found that he was buying dynamite and found out ahead of time which car the reporter was driving. Pinned to the wall, John turned in his accomplices. According to him, he really put dynamite in Balls’ car, but it was blown up with a remote control used in radio-controlled aircraft models by a wealthy contractor Max Dunlap and a plumber James Robison. And the customer of the crime, according to him, was a rich Arizona landowner, Kemper Marley, who was dissatisfied with Balls’ article, where he mentioned his problems with the law in 1942.
They could not prove the involvement of millionaire Marley in the elimination of the journalist, plumber Robinson was acquitted after 13 years in prison, Adamson and Dunlap wanted to be executed, but then they were limited to life sentences for them.
But the journalists did not hope for justice, but organized their corporate revenge by corrupt officials, with whom Don Balls fought.
At the initiative of Newsday reporter Robert Green, more than 40 journalists from 23 American newspapers staged a real offensive against the Arizona mafia. Dozens of their revelatory articles about corruption in Arizona showed everyone that the murder of journalists in the United States will not go unpunished.
Adamson’s sentence was commuted due to his cooperation with law enforcement, and he was released from prison in 1996. He died at an unknown location in 2002 at the age of 58 while under a witness protection program.
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*Texts from Wikipedia and other Internet resources were used.
*Translated using an electronic dictionary. The original text in Russian and much more on the criminal topic can be selected on the main page of the site — http://crimerecords.info/