Duke Southard

Author, Educator, Lecturer

End of an era. . .

IMG_0607No Stacey Burns case, no new books, no event announcements- just a brief goodbye to a vehicle that has been in our family for over twenty two years.

I know, I know, it’s just a car but a special one it was. For a number of years, it was Pam’s baby then became “duksbby” on both the Hampshire and Arizona license plates. The photo shows the happy new owner of the 1994 car with over 212,000 miles on it. That means it has traveled around the world about 8 and a half times! That’s a lot of traveling for… Continue reading

Fascinating Interview

On July 12, 2016, my post mentioned an encouraging sign in the Stacey Burns murder case. A source informed me that two New Hampshire State Police detectives drove to Wolfeboro and interviewed this source for over an hour about new information which seemed pertinent to the case. At the end of that interview, my source was told that they would “follow up” on that information.

This would seem to me to mean that the investigators would check out that information by going directly to the person claiming to know who killed Stacey Burns. While in Wolfeboro for the book signing… Continue reading

The New Hampshire Trip

Southard-3aCountry Booksellers of Wolfeboro, New Hampshire outdid themselves in welcoming me to the book signing on Sunday. With a great crowd attending, they supplied refreshments and friendly greetings. My thanks to Karen Baker and her wonderful staff!IMG_0588 (3) The photo shows a few of the attendees at the event. It was nice to be back in New Hampshire where the weather was beautiful and a bit cooler than Arizona! Thanks to all who attended this event!

No new action on Stacey?

Exactly one month ago, on July 12, 2016, I published a post on this blog titled “Action on Stacey Burns?”

In that post, I expressed some optimism because the NH State Police had actually sent two detectives to Wolfeboro to interview someone who may (emphasis on MAY) have some new information. That interview ended with the usual “we’ll check it out” phrase.

One month later, can we assume that the lead is still being “checked out” or is it a dead end, or is it somewhere in between.

Has anyone heard anything about this? I will be in the Wolfeboro… Continue reading

The Evil Media

Today’s post will be brief but it poses a question that has puzzled me for a long time.

Politicians, entertainers, religious leaders, law enforcement, anti-law enforcement groups, teachers, anti-teacher groups-the list could go on and on-often harp on the issue of the evil, biased, and blatantly unfair “media.”

My question? If the people behind this “media” are indeed misleading the public, why is there such a crush to get their attention?

I admit that truly professional journalism has suffered a major hit under the sheer numbers of competitors in the information dispensing business, a business that has evolved… Continue reading

Conspiracy-A Definition of Murder

This is from Webster New World Dictionary for a conspiracy:

A planning and acting together secretly, especially for an unlawful or harmful purpose, such as murder or treason.

Note that there is no mention of the number of people who need to be involved.

Therefore, if two people are involved, it is a conspiracy. The idea that a conspiracy existed in the murder of Stacey Burns is not “BS” as a contributor to this blog has suggested.  As always, we have to believe that the investigators have thoroughly explored this possibility. If they haven’t,… Continue reading

From Chapter Two: A Prelude to Murder

It has been about three weeks since I sent the sample of Murder in a Small Town to Mr. Jefferey Streltzin, the homicide prosecutor for the NH Attorney General’s Office. Since I haven’t heard anything, I can assume he’s been too busy to read it, or it held no new information.

I am preparing another portion of the book to send him. Here is the first paragraph of that section, taken from Chapter Two: A Prelude to Murder.

                  “Hindsight is always 20-20.”… Continue reading

Next up-Wolfeboro


After a successful launch of Cracks in the Wall, my new novel, in Green Valley, Arizona, on Sunday,  I will be meeting and greeting at my next event in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. Stop in for a visit at The Country Bookseller on Sunday, August 21, from 2-4 P.M. Owner Karen Baker, shown in the photo at an event she hosted in May of 2015 for my previous novel, Live Free or Die, will be the hostess once again.

I look forward to seeing old friends and hopefully, seeing some new folks as well.


Conspiracy or “Lady Killer”?

Add these two possibilities to the list of possible killers of Stacey Burns. While not exactly new, both have recently been mentioned to me along with thus far unsubstantiated evidence to back up the claims. Once again, we must assume that the police are working or have worked these angles of the case. I’d be happy to share any information I have been given concerning these claims with the authorities if they are interested.

First possibility- A woman with connections to influential people in town killed Stacey. This is not the first time I’ve heard that this… Continue reading

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