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The Girl on the Stairs: My Search For A Missing Witness To The Assassination Of John F. Kennedy Paperback – March 13, 2011


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 420 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1460979370
  • ISBN-13: 978-1460979372
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 9.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #806,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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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Vince Palamara
Mr. Ernest's book, which is indeed hard to put down, further establishes beyond any doubt that the Warren Commission's "investigation" was an unspeakable sham.
D. Pritchett
I found this book very interesting and informative.
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143 of 146 people found the following review helpful By Nancy J on February 11, 2011
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I have read several books on the assassination and found each to be interesting, but not always factual. "The Girl on the Stairs" is different. I never heard about Victoria Adams, the "girl" of the title, and that's because she was so effectively discarded by the Warren Commission in 1964 that few were aware of her name, let alone what she did. Apparently that was the intention. The author was bothered by what little he did learn about Ms. Adams, and so he went in search of her. "The Girl" is his fascinating and very objective personal journey over 35 years to not only find this woman, but to log almost like a diary the discoveries he made along the way. He tells us that at first he believed the Warren Report. But as we follow him through the witnesses of Dallas and the documents of the National Archives, he becomes less convinced, just as the reader does right beside him. There are no crackpot theories here. These are facts. And when he finds Ms. Adams, her truth is finally released and we feel the better for it. This is a wonderful story, a page turner in its own right, the vindication of a woman scorned for too long. The value far exceeds its price. We need more books like this when it comes to this subject
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78 of 84 people found the following review helpful By L. White on December 27, 2010
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A fascinating read on two levels - the search for the girl on the stairs and the author's review and research of archival material re the official investigation of the JFK assassination. We haven't learned the whole truth about what really happened that day in Dallas and probably never will. It's disturbing that Adams' offcial statement wasn't given credence given the fact that another woman who, if questioned, could have verified it. It's a shame she died before having the opportunity to read this book. Hopefully, she took comfort in knowing that someone cared enough to spend three-plus decades tracking her down and finally providing her peace of mind.
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56 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Charles G. Thompson on January 12, 2011
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I REALLY enjoyed reading this book. I found it enlightening. I have never believed Oswald to be the "lone" assassin.

Mr. Ernest's persistence, perseverance and steadfast determination to the 30+ year endeavor to find Ms. Adams and provide facts regarding JFK's assasination not previously available is an excellent example of what one can accomplish when committed to a meaningful purpose. The questions raised are certainly worthy of consideration.

Reading this book is a must for anyone interested in understanding the events as they occurred on and subsequent to Novemeber 22, 1963.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Measured Reason on July 1, 2011
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This great book is chock full of facts.

It's an easy read despite the depth of the material covered, and makes for a great review of the reasons why we should suspect the Warren Commission and its faulty conclusions.

The author traces his early research into the subject of JFK's assassination, follows that through his time in the Navy, and up to the modern day. He is one of the few people to actually have seen JFK's official Death Certificate, held the supposed murder weapon, and spent time in the National Archives watching the Zapruder film years before it was seen on TV.

He covers facts such as Oswald's movements the day of the assassination, certain confusing witness testimony, and uncalled witnesses. He traces the story of Victoria Adams who watched the motorcade from the fourth floor of the Book Depository. She and a friend then went down the same set of creaky, rickety stairs Oswald was supposed to have used to get to the Second floor, just in time to meet Mr. Truly, Oswald's supervisor and a Dallas Police Officer in the staff lunch room.

Victoria Adams claims she never saw or heard anyone else on the stairs, and the only corroborating witness to her story was never called or interviewed by the Warren Commission, even though they were well aware of her existence.

There's some great new information and testimony in this book also! Thanks to the author's research efforts, you will get to read first hand what Victoria Adams saw and heard that day in Dallas. I would definitely recommend you read this great book which is fully annotated with footnotes and references. It's a great quick reference to some of the more interesting aspects of the case.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Thomas O. Fohne on September 28, 2011
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John Armstrong once stated that the assassination of JFK succeeded due
to the conspirators suppressing, ignoring, fabricating, altering, or
destroying all the important evidence. This excellent account of Barry
Ernest's search for 4th floor (of Texas School Book Depository) witness
Victoria Adams brings forth another facet in the handling of the evidence
used to convict Oswald.

The Warren Commission working with the FBI was not able to ignore the
testimony, but according to Mr. Ernest, the WC discounted her testimony
stating that it was not critical in establishing the case against LHO.
In addition, Mr. Ernest was also able to establish the WC's fabrication
of Ms. Adam's meeting with Shelley and Lovelady as she was leaving the
TSBD shortly after the assassination. Ernest writes "that the Shelley/Lovelady
encounter was the crux used by Belin--and ultimately the Warren Commission--
to discredit Ms. Adams."

Although Ernest's account of Ms. Adam's importance as a TSBD witness is
certainly valuable to the research community, I found his revelations
from his early research years even more fascinating. His interviews with
Roger Craig and Sheriff Decker form corroborative ties to other research
indicating that Craig was being harrassed due to his witnessing several
extremely important events on the day of the assassination. Standing alone,
Craig's testimony was sufficient to establish LHO's innocence in both the
Tippit murder and JFK's assassination.

Craig and two other officers identified the weapon they found on the 6th fl
and purportedly used to murder JFK as a 7.65 Mauser, not a 6.5 Mannlicher
Carcano.
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