What did the girl on the stairs see?

   She was so unnerved by her treatment that she feared for her life and went into hiding.

  I often go through huge book lists. It produces eye strain and gives me  headaches, but I have chanced upon some very good books that way—books I would have never known about because they got little advertising. One such book is The Girl on the Stairs by Barry Ernest and David Lifton. When I first noticed the book, it was off in the indie section, but it was picked up later, by Pelican, in 2013 as a reprint edition.

Barry Ernest was at Kent State when he caught wind of the story of a young woman, Victoria Elizabeth Adams, who just happened to be on the stairs of the Texas School Book Depository building in Dallas when Oswald allegedly made his exit from the building. He would have had to use those stairs at the exact time Victoria was on them, yet he was never there. When it was learned that Victoria might be a witness, she was interviewed only one time and dismissed. Not only that, The Warren Commission seemed to have little interest in her account, and actually belittled her.

She was so unnerved by her treatment that she feared for her life and went into hiding.   She was convinced she had been followed and watched by police and government officials. Other witnesses near her that day noticed that they seemed to be focusing on Vicki alone.

It took Barry Ernest three decades worth of obstacles in his path to locate Victoria, hiding in a distant state, and get her story. Through Victoria, he was able to locate some of these other witnesses on the stairs with her that day—that fateful November 22, 1963. Oswald was not there, according to all. The Girl on the Stairs is the fascinating story of Barry’s quest, the results, and possible conclusions.

It is important to note that Vicki had trained in an Ursuline order to be a nun. Although she did not go through with the commitment, she had gained the education to teach at parochial schools in both Atlanta and Dallas.

In the fascinating forward to the book by David S. Lifton, it is explained once again that Lee Harvey Oswald allegedly fired from a sixth floor window of the depository building. He was next spotted by a motorcycle policeman, Officer Baker, swigging a coke in the downstairs lunchroom. Officer Baker was suspicious—no one knows why—and questioned him for a moment, until a building superintendent walked up and vouched for him.

How did Oswald get down from the sixth floor to the second-floor lunchroom? He did not take any of the elevators, we know, because they were stuck on an upper floor. Did he repel out of a window? Not likely. He had to use the stairs, and according to the witnesses he was not on them at all during the time he would have had to use them.

I have always been flabbergasted by the incident of the police car that stopped in front of Oswald’s home shortly after the assassination. The horn honked. The mystery of the bullet gouge in the sidewalk, the north side of Elm (some consider it a missed shot, and it did not come from the direction of the depository building) is a stunning enigma. None of this was given much consideration. All are mentioned in The Girl on the Stairs.

Barry has gained much respect as an author and journalist over the years, and he was recipient of the 2011 Mary Ferrell Pioneer Award. If the fascination of The Kennedy Assassination still holds your interest, I encourage you to read the book, available also in a Kindle version. Read the rave reviews on the Amazon book page, and read more about Barry on the Book Flap information, printed there also, under Editorial Review.

Sara Marie Hogg is the author of Curious Indeed, a collection of stories about the unknown and unexplained. Please click HERE to read more about the book.

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