Recipient of the 2011 Mary Ferrell Pioneer Award, presented in appreciation for a lifetime of searching for the truth
in the assassination of President
John F. Kennedy ----
|A NEW LOOK FOR "THE GIRL..."
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Introducing The Girl From "The Girl...."
3:23 pm est
Victoria Adams was shy. It was,
I suppose, a part of her upbringing. She had been abandonded by her parents at a young age and was raised in several
foster homes until she graduated from Presentation High School in San Francisco at the age of 18.
By the time I found her in
2002, and now 61 years old, that reserved attitude had been tempered somewhat. But if you paid close attention,
you could still find it peeking around the edges of her humble life. This was no more apparent than when I asked, on
several occasions as a matter of fact, if she would send me pictures of herself for my book. Her typical response
was, "I'll look for some."
They never appeared.
I have kept in touch with her husband
and her sons since she passed away in 2007. I renewed my request for photos with each and was told, "I'll look for some."
Like mother, like sons.
But lo and behold the shoeboxes had
been searched this time. The result was a dozen or so snap shots of a rarely seen Vicki Adams. It was interesting,
but not surprising, to notice on first viewing that a majority of them showed her smiling.
And so, with gratitude to her surviving
family members, I give you a look at the woman behind the story of the girl who was on the stairs. Keep checking
the "Photo Gallery" tab here for additional images of Miss Adams and other things that surround her story.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
"The Girl on the Stairs" Is Climbing The Ladder
3:35 pm est
"The Girl on the Stairs" will soon be appearing on the
shelves of bookshops at two nationally recognized museums: the Institute of Texan Cultures in San Antonio, Tex.
I am honored to be associated with such well-respected and acclaimed
organizations. My sincere thanks to both.
Stay tuned for some other exciting information about the book to
be announced soon.
In other news, I will be giving a presentation on Victoria Adams
and what it took to find her during this year's special "November In Dallas" conference put on by JFK Lancer. Also
at that event, I'm looking forward to participating in a panel discussion with Debra Conway, president of JFK Lancer Productions
and Publications Inc., and Sherry Fiester, author of the notable "Enemy of the Truth: Myths, Forensics, and the Kennedy
Assassination" (see below). Check the "Author's Agenda" tab above for dates and times.
Many fine authors and researchers will be in attendance to mark the 50th anniversary
of the assassination. It's not too late to register at: http://jfklancer.com/Dallas.html
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
"The Girl on the Stairs" ... Is Out
10:28 am est
After 35 years of searching for Victoria Adams,
plus another 10 trying to get her story commercially published, the goal at long last has been reached.
and most up-to-date edition of “The Girl on the Stairs” is now available through
various online retailers and at most major and independent bookstores.
What has been
hidden from the public for some 50 years is today accessible to a very wide audience.
could have been in this position years ago. Back then, several publishers expressed
genuine interest in it. Their motives, however, were not as sincere. They said the book would appeal to them more if I were to write concluding chapters that offered highly
speculative and mind-numbing theories as to who did it and why. Their desires
even extended to wanting me to be “imaginative” with the role of Vicki Adams, truth notwithstanding.
I was of the
opinion readers were tired of those literary excesses. And so I declined.
It is therefore appropriate here to again thank my publisher, Pelican Publishing Co., for their support and their willingness
to print this story without the self-serving hyperbole that usually accompanies this subject.
Pelican has made it possible for Vicki to achieve her personal goal as well, that of having people realize that all
she ever did was tell the truth.
With release of “The Girl…,” a few changes are being launched on this webpage
too. You’ll find new related pictures and a section devoted to documents referenced
in the book. In addition, the “Author’s Agenda” tab will list upcoming events
featuring the book, and the “Ask The Author” tab will encourage discussions on topics and questions submitted by you, the
As always, thank you for your interest and encouragement. Hope to hear from you.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
"The Girl on the Stairs" -- Update
9:57 am est
Many have been writing
to ask why the new edition of “The Girl on the Stairs” is not yet available even
though several online sites have listed February 15 as the release date. The book is
now scheduled to debut in March. The quantity of new books that emerge during the busy spring publication cycle often results
in printing and distribution delays. That seems to be the case here. I appreciate the inquiries and enthusiasm for the new version and the patience being shown by faithful readers.
Improvements have been made to the book’s style as a result of the sharp eye of Nina Kooij,
editor in chief at Pelican Publishing. You’ll also see updates that were not available
for the earlier self-published version. Those include an interesting interview with Dorothy Garner, another ignored yet corroborating
witness to this story, plus details concerning some rather mysterious happenings to the official testimony of Victoria Adams.
As always, don’t hesitate to write with any questions, comments or concerns. Please check back here for further updates and book signing/speaking schedules.
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
"The Girl on the Stairs" -- Coming Soon!
10:22 am est
Pelican Publishing Co., publishers of "The
Girl on the Stairs," has recently listed the book on its website. That means the updated
story of Victoria Adams will soon become accessible to a greatly expanded audience. You can pre-order
it now through the publisher for a reduced price.
The anticipated release date is February/March.
In addition to the Pelican site, "The Girl..." will be available at other online retailers, plus independent and
larger bookstores throughout the nation.
Upcoming book signings, appearances
and speaking engagements will be announced here as they are scheduled.
either of the two pictures of a young Vicki Adams shown above and you will be able to read her complete Warren Commission
testimony as printed in Volume VI of the Hearings. The center photo shows the
Depository window behind which Miss Adams stood as the presidential motorcade turned and passed beneath her on Elm Street.
NOW ON THE NIGHTSTAND
"Hit List: An In-Depth
Investigation into the Mysterious Deaths of Witnesses to the JFK Assassination" by Richard Belzer and David
Wayne (Skyhorse Publishing, New York, NY., 2013).
Stories about mysterious deaths to those associated with
the murder of JFK have been around ever since Penn Jones Jr. ventured into that theme park with his self-published “Forgive My Grief” series back in the mid-60s. Many others
have since followed in those footsteps and now the list of linked victims has expanded to a remoteness roughly equivalent
to that produced by the big bang theory.
Authors Belzer and Wayne agree. That’s why they limit their efforts to 50 of the more noteworthy occurrences. We see the traditional ones, like Ruby, Kilgallen, Benavides, Bowers, Koethe, Killam, Ferrie, Banister,
Bogard and de Mohrenschildt. There are those who today are under more detailed
scrutiny, like Mary Sherman and Mary Meyer. Then there are those that seem a
stretch, such as J. Edgar Hoover, James Cadigan, Jimmy Hoffa and Jim Reeves (that’s right, the country singing legend).
The chosen 50 produce 50 interesting chapters. Disappointing, however, is the method employed by the authors in their “in-depth investigation”
to reach a wrap-up on each death. That method proves little more than using citations from the research (which is not so bad)
and the opinions (which is not so good) of many other authors who earlier examined these very same individual cases.
My uh-oh moment came early and in direct relation to my own personal
area of research when in discussing Oswald's demise (the second of those 50, J.D. Tippit being the first) on page 26, Belzer
and Wayne state with authority, "Oswald could not have been at the so-called 'sniper's nest' on the sixth floor because his
verified actual location a couple minutes later completely precluded that possibility."
What do we see as the source for such a blanket statement? Turns out
its nothing more than an article Belzer himself wrote in 2007 for the Huffington Post in which, after describing
the often-discussed conflict involved in the timing of Oswald's trek from the sixth to the second floors, he opines, "Therefore
to repeat: IT WAS PHYSICALLY IMPOSSIBLE FOR OSWALD TO HAVE SHOT PRESIDENT KENNEDY!!! THANK YOU AND GOODNIGHT!"
(Emphasis and farewell in the original.)
To me, this is simply not good enough.
(See a recent interview with Richard Belzer by clicking here: http://lewrockwell.com/yk/richard-belzer-jfk.html
"Enemy of the Truth: Myths, Forensics, and the Kennedy Assassination"
by Sherry P. Fiester (JFK Lancer Productions & Publications, Inc., Southlake, TX., 2012).
Ever ponder what
would happen if current forensic practices were applied in this case instead of relying on the standards used some 50 years
Now some of those lingering late-night questions can be answered by Ms. Fiester’s careful research into the more
common yarns (and sometimes yawns) of this subject. She travels back to examine the scene of the crime with a professional, and more importantly, updated eye.
We read about “ear” witnesses (that’s right, ear). Was
the Zapruder film faked (her analysis of forward and back spatter is a topic you don’t want to miss)? Did the president’s limousine stop? Where did the fatal
head shot originate?
Add to this her present-day peek at the age-old single-bullet theory and you have an engrossing and revealing volume
that will (or at least should) make you re-think these vital issues.
“Destiny Betrayed: JFK, Cuba, and the Garrison Case” by James DiEugenio (Skyhorse Publishing, New
York, NY., second edition, 2012)
DiEugenio, cofounder of the respected Citizens for Truth about the Kennedy Assassination (see: http://www.ctka.net/),
is back again with a revised and expanded version of his original book, which was published by Sheridan Square Press in 1992.
The author has always been a strong proponent of Jim Garrison, as his writing and even a casual check of his archived appearances
on the cyber-popular Black Op Radio program illustrate. This recent edition continues
that focus with newly declassified documents that further support Garrison’s investigation in New Orleans.
Of particular note are his refreshed chapters on the Clay Shaw trial and the methods
used by certain members of the media to undermine it. But Garrison/Shaw is not
all. We also have revealing updates on activities of the Warren Commission; U.S.
(aka JFK) policies toward Cuba and Vietnam; the Assassination Records Review Board’s (ARRB) medical inquiry, and a host
of other directly related topics.
Like “The Girl on the Stairs” (talk
about a sub-plug), this title is definitely worth a second look.
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