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The Girl on the Stairs

The Girl on the Stairs [Kindle Edition]

Barry Ernest , David Lifton
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A silent witness is heard at last. It required 35 years of painstakingly diligent searching to uncover Victoria Adams, a key witness to the JFK

About the Author

Barry W. Ernest has worked as an investigative journalist, a newspaper staff writer, as the press secretary for the State of Pennsylvania, and as a member of the US Navy.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1355 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing; Reprint edition (2 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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5.0 out of 5 stars Back to the basics... 14 Nov 2013
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I'll admit I was a bit skeptical when I decided to read The Girl on the Stairs, believing studies of the JFK assassination were now drowning in a mass of impossible-to-follow technical analysis, critics debating each others' pet theories, and 'researchers' who've just invested in a copy of Photoshop.

I'm glad to say that in that sense, Barry Ernest's book is a real joy to read. His personal odyssey and friendly style will strike a chord with anyone who's been interested in the case for a while, and his realism about any chance of solving it is very refreshing.

Undoubtedly the book's strengths (and they're very strong) lie in the moments when Barry literally re-traces Oswald's step-by-step movements on the afternoon of the assassination, clearly demonstrating that something is very wrong with the official account of them.

The Girl on the Stairs (and his quest to find her is another fascinating aspect of the book) takes you right to the heart of the matter - whether it was actually possible for Oswald to do what we're told he did.

It's certainly not the only book you should read on the assassination, but it's definitely one of them.
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I first read this book a couple of years ago in its self-published form. My review which follows relates to the 2012, Pelican edition. I would like to add that I had the pleasure of exchanging views with Barry Ernest on the `comments' facility and found him to be courteous and helpful in dealing with my criticisms of his work.

I'm bound to say that I did enjoy reading this book much more the second time around. Allowing for the huge gulf between the author's take on the assassination and my own, I was more able to appreciate his personal odyssey which he chronicles very well. It's a journey that many others will be able to relate to though I doubt that quite so many would be able to match Barry's `hands-on' commitment.

Barry is a genuine researcher in every sense of the word. He went out, covered the miles, ploughed through the archives and interviewed the people. He walked-the-walk and, because he did, `The Girl On The Stairs' earns the right to talk-the-talk.

My first observation is that Barry's formative years seem to have been hugely influenced by conspiracy advocates with whom he'd made contact. Harold Weisberg, Penn Jones, David Lifton and Roger Craig are encountered early on. For this reader, it seems that the author was already heading in a preconceived direction. There's no indication that he sought out the views of any of the WC staff or lawyers. There are also some key witnesses who do not feature. The inclusion of these folks would have added a much greater balance, I feel.

None-the-less, Barry's youthful tenacity drives him on with his quest whilst, at the same time, he somehow manages to have a normal life which includes a hitch in the Naval Reserve, marriage and a new baby.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER PIECE OF THE JIGSAW. 17 Nov 2013
This is a terrific read. It is brilliantly written and will appeal to those who are and are not familiar with the events surrounding the murder of the 35th President of the United States in Dallas, Texas on November 22nd, 1963. The approach of the author Barry Ernest is forensic, he challenges the logic of many of the findings and statements contained within the 26 volumes of the Warren Report. The key to this is to find a missing witness, Victoria Adams whose testimony had been adjusted and mostly disregarded by the Warren Commission. The appeal of this book is that it attempts to establish what evidence there was and is that Lee Harvey Oswald murdered President Kennedy. It does not make any attempt to advance many of the conspiracy theories that exist on the killing of JFK. The book represents at times a very moving personal journey for the author, covering nearly 50 years. Lots of interest right now as we approach the 50th anniversary of John F Kennedy's assassination. On the basis of this book, one must seriously question the claim that Oswald shot the President of the United States three times, then proceeded to leave the murder weapon in a different part of the sixth floor, run down the stairs from the 6th to the 2nd floor whilst neither being heard nor seen, then only 60 seconds later to be found in a totally calm and unperturbed state, holding a Coke in the building's second floor lunchroom when challenged by a Dallas police officer. It is vital that we all continue to challenge and question. I highly recommend this wonderful book to you.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars 20 Sep 2014
Intriguing but there is a huge gaping and ludicrously obvious unanswered question.
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5.0 out of 5 stars OUSTANDING- GET THIS ASAP! 16 Feb 2013
By Vince Palamara - Published on
Barry Ernest has written a nice gem of a book with "The Girl On The Stairs." Clocking in at a little over 330 pages, the reader will enjoy the well-written, nicely structured feel of the book; very user-friendly, so to speak. Along with Doug Horne's 5-volume masterpiece and Jim Douglass' brilliant tome, Ernest's book is a very nice and essential addition to the JFK assassination library. Like those other seminal works, this is not the "same-ole-same-ole" or just theories---proof of conspiracy and cover-up in the JFK murder abounds. Along the way, we are treated to a nicely done telling of Ernest's journey towards truth and enlightenment. In addition, there are some other essential nuggets of information that add to the general notion of conspiracy, in general, as well as to the specific details of "The Girl On The Stairs", Victoria Adams, in particular (just how important her observations are come to light in this work, moreso than in any other previous work that either briefly mentions her in passing or, in many cases, not at all). Penn Jones was indeed correct when he stated that every serious researcher should "research the heck out a specific idea" (as, for example, I have done with the Secret Service). Barry Ernest has followed Jones' advice admirably (as well as that of his other, perhaps foremost, mentor in his quest for truth, Harold Weisberg).

To be honest, I purchased this book on a whim, unsure of what I was getting myself into. As a very jaded (at times) author and researcher, I feel I have "seen and heard it all before"...once again, as in the case of the aforementioned books by Horne and Douglass, I am glad to be proven wrong, especially at this late juncture. Buy this book asap!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Six stars if I could 18 July 2013
By Dennis J. - Published on
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If Amazon permitted a 6th star this book would deserve it for two reasons . The first being that , unlike a slew of sensational " final complete solution to the JFK assassination " ripoffs already published , with more surely to follow in this 50th anniversary year ,the author actually does present new , important and BELIEVABLE evidence on the assassination . Succinctly put , he located and interviewed a key witness whose testimony had been " creatively rewritten " when published by the Warren Commission .Ms. Victoria Adams was employed on the 4th Floor of the Texas School Book Depository on Nov. 22 1963 . Immediately after seeing JFK's car dash off , she hurried down the stairs to find out what had happened . Neither she nor her companion saw or heard anyone else on those stairs that Oswald would have had to use at the same time to reach the lunchroom where Police Officer Baker found him within 90 seconds of the last shot was fired .Therefore , Oswald could not have been a 6th Floor shooter .
The second , and I believe equally important justification , would be the truly superb narrative form used . While there surely more exhaustive treatments of the assassination available , they frequently exhausting as well. Mr. Ernest tells the story by telling us his own personal story of growth from an obsessed naive youngster making sometimes comical attempts at being an investigator to a mature man who , while never fully abandoning the quest was a real life husband and father living a real world life . The story is told with humility and charm , two qualities often sadly lacking in other assassination writings . There is none of the shrill , off-putting , self righteous , judgmental posing that often stains writing in this area . Mr. Ernest has produced a book that is both historically important and a damn good warm read , an all too rare commodity . Bravo !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent research... 7 Mar 2013
By Frank Romo Jr. - Published on
Mr Ernest has done an excellent job doing his research, especially during the early years when there wasn't the access to the internet. He performed actual leg work, going to the National Archives and actually finding the nuggets of gleaned information that was not developed by the Commission for further investigation. For obvious reasons, it would've derailed the entire findings of the so called Blue Chip Panel of members of the Commission...he found items that were not questioned. He also was overlooked by Mark Lane, who didn't want any thing other than his findings.

This book reads like a investigation report, it would be accepted by any competent District Attorney's office and entered as evidence. I throughly felt his angst when he interviewed witnesses and thought he might be in danger; after all his efforts he gets his reward. Mr. Ernest deserves recognition for his due diligence and to keep the course, even though he wouldn't give up to others thinking otherwise.

I highly recommend this work to those who feel the assassination of JFK was a cover up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great writing style by the author. 9 Jun 2013
By Duke Borchardt - Published on
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I have read about 200 books relative to the JFK assassination, with some written in the 1960s and the 1970s. Others written much later. The author (Barry Ernest) first started his research in about 1964, kept it up for some time thereafter, but then due to military service (Navy), need to start a career, marriage and children etc..., then got back into his research and writing in the late 1990s. He collaborated with many other JFK researchers who doubted the Warren Commission findings, and finally sat down to write his own book. From his early research on, until shortly before he began writing this book, the author was on a quest to ascertain whatever happened to "The Girl on the Stairs". The "girl's" name is Victoria Elizabeth Adams" who worked on he fourth floor of the Texas School Book Depository. She was an eye witness to the JFK assassination, and she provided testimony to the FBI, CIA, Warren Commission attorneys et al about what she witnessed. However, since her eyewitness testimony would conflict with their theory of what happened, her testimony was changed by the Warren Commission attorneys, to make it appear that she agreed with the commissions findings. This book will provide you with an insight of the search for Victoria Adams, and her eventual finding, and to let her (The Girl on the Stairs" to set the record straight.
21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read for anyone with an interest in the Ken 1 Mar 2013
By G. Parrish - Published on
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Must read for anyone with an interest in the Kennedy assassination. No opinions or conjecture. Just facts! Perhaps we shouldn't always take government-issued reports at face value?
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