Mystery Surrounds 'Indiana's Own Indiana Jones'

More rumors than facts about 91-year-old Don Miller
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 4, 2014 6:57 AM CDT
In this aerial photo taken from WTHR Chopper 13, FBI agents work around the home of 91-year-old Donald Miller in Waldron, Ind. on Wednesday, April 2, 2014.   (AP Photo/The Indianapolis Star, Kelly Wilkinson)
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(Newser) – He has a chunk of concrete from Adolf Hitler's bunker. He helped build the atomic bomb. These are just two of the rumors swirling about the 91-year-old Indiana man who this week saw his home and private artifact collection invaded by the FBI. But little is known for sure about Don Miller. A world traveler, he grew up in Rush County and went to college before joining the Army Reserve. Next up was a special training program that led him to New Mexico, where he started testing nuclear bombs, he once told a reporter. "I was kind of shocked about how forward he was," she tells the Indianapolis Star. "It was too outrageous to be true." But his military records largely checked out. After the war, Miller became "Indiana's own, well, Indiana Jones," the Star notes.

A former coworker adds more color, saying Miller told him he was one time interrogated by Libyan military units who suspected him of being a CIA operative. "He was remarkably consistent with his stories," says the man, "and all the details I ever checked were accurate." As of yesterday, Miller's ornate home and astounding collection—which visitors say includes a shrunken human head, Civil War memorabilia, and a 60-foot anaconda snakeskin, per the AP—remained surrounded by squad cars, tractor trailers, and ATVs. The FBI is remaining tight-lipped on how the probe began or whether it thinks Miller knowingly committed any crimes, but an agent did divulge that Miller had been in contact with the FBI for months, despite the fact that he, apparently, doesn't own a phone. Miller was reportedly not the one who established the contact, however.

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