Monday, April 22, 2013

“The Girl on the Stairs” by Barry Ernest – The Small Thorn you Can’t Ignore

Girl on the Stairs, by Barry Ernest and with a foreword written by David Lifton, is an exploration of one specific aspect of the JFK assassination. More precisely, it looks into what a little girl by the name of Victoria Adams saw on that day while standing in the staircase of the Texas School Book Depository, where Lee Harvey Oswald was supposedly making his escape. 

Actually, it is more about what she didn’t see than what she did see. Victoria was on the staircase Oswald supposedly used, at the exact same time he supposedly used it. If he were to be there, even the little girl she was, Victoria would have noticed a nervous man quickly running down the stairs. However, she says that on that day, she was alone there, with nobody to be found, especially Oswald.

Why didn’t the testimony become a crucial part of the investigation? According to her own words, Victoria was, since that day, harassed and badgered by the Warren Commission, to the point where she started fearing for her life, and vanished into obscurity. Thirty-five years later, she finally decides to give her testimony and tell her story to the rest of the world, perhaps even shedding some light on the murder.

While this book certainly does explore a very interesting aspect of the case, especially considering how the Warren Commission marginalized a key witness, there isn’t exactly any solid proof in this... just very interesting and even plausible theories. 

In an even such as this one, the events need to be examined on a second-by-second basis, that is, to reconstruct the event precisely as it happened. A testimony which is given thirty-five years later is bound to have some holes or distortions in it. In addition, seeing someone can be considered conclusive, but not seeing someone at a certain place can be chalked up to a number of reasons.

Girl on the Stairs by Barry Ernest (Book cover)
On the other hand, that is not to say that Victoria Adams’ story is not worth looking into. Perhaps she does remember that day well enough, and perhaps she does hold in her memory an important piece of the puzzle. 

At this point though, all we can do is speculate, and Girl on the Stairs does a very good job at discussing all the aspects of a rarely-discussed subject, perhaps even providing new insight into one of the most infamous assassinations in history. If you are interested in the JFK murder, then I highly recommend you don’t pass up the opportunity to check out this book.

Barry Ernest (Author)

Barry Ernest

Barry Ernest is an author on who there is surprisingly little information, especially considering the great hit that his recently-released book was, Girl on the Stairs. Evidently, Ernest has for a long time been fascinated with JFK’s assassination, and one can only hope that more works of writing as informative as the first one are to come.


  1. Each piece to this puzzle is important to History. It's been nearly fifty years and more confusion exists than at the time of the killing. Maybe back then we accepted what was presented in many way's far to easily. At the same time now, it is almost expected to be betrayed. Both are parts of the same whole and hopefully, we can distinguish the difference and hold tight to the positive reasoning our founding fathers had when they wrote our constitution. This is still a great Nation and our Nations shame can also guide us to a better future. We have Wategate, the Viet- Nam War, I think we are now able to digest the Truth of the matter concerning the Kenedy Assassinations... Notice I put the "S" on it... God Bless the fallen Patriots our nation so desperately needs to remember...

    1. Hey, thanks for the insightful comment, and I especially agree with what you said at the beginning, about there being more confusion now than at the time it happened. As the lawyer from "The Man Who Wasn't There" said, the more you look at something, the less you know. More and more questions have been popping up as people have been digging deeper, and without answers all they do is blur the picture.

  2. I read Ernest's book two years ago and really appreciated his tireless efforts to resolve this important point. Having read Harvey & Lee by John Armstrong (almost a 1000 pages of self financed research), I am now believe there were two Oswald's. Regardless of whether it was Harvey or Lee, I truly believe Victoria saw neither at the Depository following the murder of President Kennedy. Only someone who has read zilch on the murder of JFK cannot say there was a complete and through examination of the evidence. We have survived MK-Ultra, Watergate, Viet Nam, Iraq and the numerous exploits of the black ops machinery that has destroyed this great beacon of light to the rest of the world. I admire Barry for his tireless research as I do all of the legitimate researchers who have shown a light on this Coup d'état. Stephen Courts

    1. Thanks for taking the time to comment, the idea of there being two Oswalds is, from what little I read at least, quite probable, no matter how much the scenario sounds like it belongs in a Hollywood script. The evidence, as you said, was unfortunately never thoroughly investigated (at least officially), and perhaps we will have to wait until the files are declassified before finally learning anything.