The Error of Pigeonholing

Lately, supporters of the Warren Report have begun a campaign to lump Victoria Adams in with other witnesses who have either, 1) changed their stories over the years or, 2) suspiciously waited decades before revealing their long-held sensational tales.

In both cases, those witnesses (oddly enough, only the ones who dispute the Warren Commission’s version of events), are quickly dismissed due to a perceived lack of credibility on their part, or what is thought to be their sudden attempts to attain literary stardom.

Ironically, these supporters often cite as being reliable Warren Commission star witness Howard Brennan, whose official statements are fraught with inconsistencies, and who wasn’t able to more profoundly nail Oswald as the lone assassin using his 20/20 hindsight until his book “Eyewitness to History” came out 24 years after the fact — in 1987.


I can understand the point of view of the supporters and have occasionally found myself in their corner — only, however, when their criticisms are legitimate and accurate rather than mere generalizations without factual foundations.

But their claims against Victoria Adams could not be farther from the truth.

First, she is on record as being very consistent with what she told authorities from the day of the assassination through her April 7, 1964, official testimony before Warren Commission staffer David Belin. There is documented evidence that the details she related concerning the timing of her trip down the stairs remained the same throughout all of those recorded interviews. Her comments were just as unswerving during my lengthy and probing discussions with her from when I found her in 2002 until she passed away five years later.

Second, she was the last person who would have wanted publicity. In fact, she often told me that if my book about her was ever published, she preferred not to be a part of any speaking engagements, appearances, or media attention.

She did not come to me with the background to her story; I’m the one who sought her out. Until I came along, she had remained silent, admitting to me that even her best friends didn’t know of her past, and that she had accepted the fact she was going to die with the truth.

As to the assumption that what Miss Adams reveals in “The Girl on the Stairs” is somehow diminished by the lapse of 48 years, that opinion is equally wrong.

What she reveals in my book about her actions and observations on November 22, 1963, is certainly nothing new. It is, in fact, the same as what she provided to authorities back in 1963 and 1964. It’s just that back then, no one believed her or wanted to do anything about it if they did.

What is new in my book are the two C’s: the clarification to and the corroboration of her story, both of which were never before sought. And because the story of Victoria Adams was never fully investigated as it should have been and when it should have been, the truth of the matter is only now emerging.

What remains startling is, why did it take so long?


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2 responses to “The Error of Pigeonholing

  1. Ben

    What happend to Barry?…No news or updates in over a year…not even a word about the passing of Gary Mack?
    Hope nothing is wrong with Mr Ernest….

    • Thanks so much for your concern! I am doing just fine. Sadly, I’ve become disenchanted with how the research community has evolved. These feelings were expressed in an April 2014 blog post titled “On Research.” The passing of Gary Mack was but one more example. I knew Gary, and he was always a straight shooter with me in my own efforts. We had our disagreements, and I believed as did others that he crossed the line when he took over the Sixth Floor Museum. But he was extremely knowledgeable about the subject. More importantly, although this fact has been lost on many, he was a fellow human being, with a wife recently turned widow, and a surviving family. In many forums and blogs, Gary’s passing was noted as cause for celebration. One female (who I won’t mention but is the author of a book whose title is a compound subject with a pronoun) was very vicious in her attack on a proverbial body not yet cold. I cannot believe her publisher would condone this type of public behavior, unless it was thought to be so brazen it would increase book sales. She joined others in their derisive and generally adolescent comments about Gary, some of whom went so far as to plagiarize the line, “the wicked witch is dead.” We should not be in this for personal gain, profit, or especially disparaging remarks. Unfortunately, that has become the standard. Sorry, but I no longer wish to be a part of this kind of playground.

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