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THE PRINCIPALS AT THE SCHOOL BOOK DEPOSITORY

Meet Victoria Adams (left above), the girl from “The Girl on the Stairs.” This photo was taken from her graduation yearbook at Presentation High School in San Francisco. First studying to become a nun and then teaching in several Catholic schools, Vicki was 22 at the time of the assassination. She was employed then as an office survey representative for the Scott Foresman Co. and assigned the duty of creating outlets for textbook sales in the local Catholic school system. With its main office in Chicago, Scott Foresman had a Dallas branch located on the fourth floor of the Texas School Book Depository. Vicki witnessed the assassination from her office window. Moments later, she saw and heard no one as she descended the back stairs to get outside and determine what had happened. Although she remained consistent with the timing of her trip down the staircase, the Warren Commission chose not to believe her in part because she did not observe Lee Oswald on the same stairs and detected no sounds of the escaping assassin.

When the Warren Report described the story of Victoria Adams, it gave the impression she had made her trek down the stairs by herself. It never mentioned the fact that coworker Sandra Styles (above center) had accompanied Miss Adams all the way. Investigators recognized the significance of what Miss Adams was saying and initially set a goal of resolving the issue of her timing. Yet the Warren Commission never questioned Miss Styles, and neglected to include both her and Vicki in any of the time tests it was conducting regarding Oswald’s controversial escape. In an interview with the author, Miss Styles corroborated Vicki’s actions and agreed that no one else was on the stairs while both women went down. This photo of Miss Styles was taken in the Scott Foresman office at the Depository several years following the assassination.

Dorothy Garner (above right) was described as a strict and very observant supervisor of the Scott Foresman office and its employees. A letter citing Mrs. Garner and hidden from public view until discovered in the National Archives by the author in 1999 not only provided corroboration for Miss Adams, but it also revealed that the Warren Commission was aware of her truthfulness four months in advance of when it would write she was wrong. Like Sandra Styles, Mrs. Garner was never called as a witness. Yet in a later interview with this author, she said she did in fact discuss these details with someone from the Warren Commission. However, no record of that conversation has been found.

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