The Girl on the Stairs: My Search for a Missing Witness to the Assassination of John F. Kennedy

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Barry Ernest, Mar 13, 2011 - History - 419 pages
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On November 22, 1963, a young Victoria Elizabeth Adams stood behind a fourth-floor window of the Texas School Book Depository in Dallas. She watched as John Kennedy was murdered in the streets below. Then, with a co-worker in tow, she ran down the back stairs of the building in order to get outside and determine what had happened. At that precise moment, her life changed forever. Her actions posed serious problems for the Warren Commission, already grappling with its agenda of naming Lee Harvey Oswald as the lone assassin. If Miss Adams was telling the truth, then she had descended those stairs at the same time Oswald would have been on them as he made his escape from the sixth floor sniper's nest. Yet Miss Adams saw no one. And even though the stairs were old, wooden, and creaky under any weight, she heard no one either. When Miss Adams was called to testify before a Commission attorney, she was quickly discredited, humiliated, and eventually branded a liar. Behind closed doors she pleaded with the government to conduct time tests of her actions if she was felt to have been inaccurate. She begged the government to question her co-workers, particularly the woman who had accompanied her down the stairs, if she was not believed. Instead, she was ignored. And so, knowing the truth of what she had done and now fearing for her life because of it, she went into hiding and became willing to die with that secret knowledge. Intrigued by what little was available about Miss Adams, the author went in search of her. It took him 35 years to eventually find this elusive witness. As his journey progressed, many questions arose about the assassination while others were put to rest. And in the end, the truth of what Miss Adams did was finally discovered. This is an important story, unique in this mess that continues to surround Kennedy's death. It is a story that has been buried for decades. It is an account the government did not want you to hear, and actually fabricated evidence in order to keep you from hearing it. Now, the truth can be told.

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an outstanding book and example of excellent research fully documented.
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This book is one of the best that I have read on the JFK assassination. It is based on solid research and covers missing parts that haven't been explored before. It contains eyewitness interviews and riveting information that allows you to see some major flaws in the Warren Report as well as previous investigations. If you are intrigued by the assassination that occurred on that November day then this book is a must read! I couldn't put it down!! Hopefully Mr Ernest will have another book soon. 

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About the author (2011)

With a degree in journalism and communications, Barry Ernest honed his skills as an investigative reporter and features writer at newspapers in New York and Pennsylvania.It was a tip from a friend in 1967 that started Mr. Ernest looking for answers to the John Kennedy assassination. The result of those lengthy efforts is THE GIRL ON THE STAIRS. His study of this subject over the years has led him to the witnesses of Dallas as well as the documents of the National Archives. He has appeared on numerous radio talk shows and, ironically enough, has been featured in countless newspaper interviews. He also provided research and investigative services for several noted authors on the assassination, including David Lifton, Penn Jones Jr., and Harold Weisberg, the latter considered to have been the leading authority on this case.Mr. Ernest now lives with his wife in Harrisburg, Pa., where he continues to research, write, and maintain his blog while answering the many questions he is asked about the assassination and its missing witness.

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