Oswald was convicted in the public mind on Friday, November 22, 1963. Newspaper reports said a sniper killed the President from 100 yards using a high-powered rifle. Other newspaper reports said Oswald killed Officer J.D. Tippett and then fled to the Texas Theater, where he was arrested
See the newspaper front papes found at Robin Unger’s JFK Assassination Research Photo Galleries.
Some of the November 22 front pages shouted that Kennedy had been killed by Castroite Marxist. By midnight EST, LBJ and J. Edgar Hoover had agreed the assassination should be pinned on Owald alone. Next day, the word went down to Texas: don’t look for a communist or other conspiracy; Oswald did it alone. Oswald was formally charged with JFK’s murder at 1:30 a.m. Dallas time on November 23.
Marina Oswald was at the time 22 years old, a mother of two infant daughters, who spoke and read only Russian. On November 23, she visits Lee in jail. He tells her everything will be all right. At that time, she does not believe he shot Kennedy. In the following week, after Lee is killed by Jack Ruby, she learns that the FBI has determined Lee did it alone; she is isolated; the FBI begins questioning her. She is intelligent and well-educated (a pharmacist).
Marina says to the Warren Commission she came to the conclusion Lee did it. Yet if you read her testimony to the WC, it’s clear this intelligent woman, who knows how to respond to questioning, wants to please the Warren Commission. She makes clear her husband did not dislike Kennedy.
The official story is that Oswald fired three shots at the president from a sixth-floor window in the Texas School Book Depository (TSBD); ran across the sixth floor and stashed his rifle behind some boxes, leaving three spent cartidges in the “sniper’s nest”; and then ran down four flights of stairs and entered a second-floor-lunch room, where he bought a coke. He was confronted in the lunch room about 75 seconds after the last shot by police officer Marion Baker and TSBD superintendent Roy Truly. Truly told Baker, who pointed a pistol at Oswald, that Oswald worked there. Baker and Truly then left and continued up the stairs to the sixth floor. Truly later testified that Oswald was calmly holding a coke and was not out of breath.
There are many problems with the entire official story, of course. One of the biggest, if not the biggest, has to do with the scenario just presented. It’s that two young women who worked on the fourth floor of the TSBD, one of whom was named Vickie Adams, walked down the same stairs before Truly and Baker came racing up; and Vickie and her friend saw no one else on the stairs. Which means the story of Oswald racing down the stairs is contradicted by two unbiased eywitnesses. Oswald would have had to encounter them. For the details, which took much digging, interviewing, and research, see “The Girl on the Stairs” by Barry Ernest (2011).
How did the Warren Commission deal with Vickie Adams? It falsified and misrepresented her testimony, so as to have her coming down the stairs a couple of minutes after Truly and Baker raced up the stairs. It had to falsify her testimony; otherwise, Oswald didn’t do it. “The Girl on the Stairs” shows how the falsification was done. Vickie Adams, as you may imagine caused real problems for the W.C. Fortunately for the W.C., it had some very smart lawyers — lawyers such as J. Lee Rankin (Chief Counsel), David Belin, and Arlen Specter.
Earl Warren told Vickie Adams she’d have the chance to review and make corrections to her testimony transcript. Vickie submitted a number of corrections; she saw her testimony was inaccurately represented in the transcrpt. The changes were never made. Just as if Vickie Adams was person wholly made up by the Warren Commission. The Warren Report states “…she actually came down the stairs several minutes after Oswald and after Truly and Baker as well.”
The very able men of the Warren Commission knew this statement was a lie. The confirmation they knew it was false is a 1964 letter to the Commission from Dallas U.S. Attorney Marcia Joe Stroud, who wrote: “Miss Garner, Miss Adams’ supervisor, stated this morning that after Miss Adams went downstairs she (Miss Garner) saw Mr. Truly and the policeman come up.” This letter was discovered in the 1990s by Barry Ernest, author of “The Girl on the Stairs”.