Duke Southard

Author, Educator, Lecturer

Relections of Trust

Our pastor this morning used the phrase “failure to trust” as a lynchpin in his sermon. I started thinking about how much my trust in so many things has eroded. His reference, of course, was to the trust we have or do not have in God. My thought drifted to another area, primarily my belief that people are telling me the truth. This belief, for sure, has eroded, and I don’t think that erosion is related to my cynicism increasing with age. I think it has to do with the reality that the truth has become a tool to stretch,… Continue reading

A Timeline

I throw this open for discussion-How long does one wait for justice to be done?

By the time the tenth anniversary of the murder of Stacey Burns rolls around (May 10, 2019) I’ll be 79 years old.

My friends and some family are telling me it is time to give up my motorcycle/scooter. I’m wondering when it is time to give up on finding out who killed Stacey Burns. I started (officially) in October, 2010, spending a week in Wolfeboro and conducting interviews with anyone who would speak with me.  (There were many.) Based on those interviews and many… Continue reading

April, 2011-85 %

In April, 2011, I was told that the NHSP investigators in the Stacey Burns murder case (or at least one them) felt they had an eight-five percent chance of conviction in the case with a particular suspect (unnamed) at that time. It is six and half years since that off-the-record conversation. If this information was true then, and I have no reason to believe it wasn’t, a fair question might be this. Are we closer or further away, percentage wise) to that illusive conviction, or even an arrest, for that matter?

I guessing that the suspect then is the same… Continue reading

A Prelude to Murder (cont.)

These two paragraphs complete page one of the first chapter of Murder in a Small Town: The Tragic Death of Stacey Burns.

Stacey Burns could not have anticipated how the details of this last weekend of her life would be scrutinized through so many avenues, from police interrogations to reporters’ probing, from reliable newspaper sources to wildly speculative internet blogs, from remembered conversations to embellished rumor. That weekend acts as a microcosm into Stacey’s life as a soon-to-be divorcee, even though events in her private life leading up to her brutal murder during the early morning hours of Mothers’ Day… Continue reading

Murder in a Smalll Town . . .

As promised in the previous post, I will occasionally be sharing small segments of my unfinished and unpublished book, Murder in a Small Town: The Tragic Death of Stacey Burns.  As everyone is aware, this book will never be finished because the “Arrest/Trial/Conviction” chapters obviously cannot be written. The narrative of this story has changed over the years since I wrote the first one hundred and seventy pages or so, with angles I had not dreamed of entering the picture. However, here is how the book begins.

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Ouch! A Response

“In an open case, such as Stacey Ann Keane Burns, specific investigative steps that have been taken or have not been taken are not open for discussion. That includes who may have been interviewed or have not been interviewed.

The above statement came in an e-mail from a frequent correspondent, one who has worked diligently on keeping this case alive. It apparently is an official response to Wednesday’s post regarding “in good conscience” in which I suggested (dared to suggest) that perhaps a “minimal update on the case” could be supplied to the general public.
I don’t think I… Continue reading

In Good Conscience

“In good conscience” is a wonderful phrase, just recently used by John McCain as he explained his vote against the current health care bill in the U.S. Senate.  It’s like the “do no harm” phrase in the Hippocratic oath.

If a person truly means it, in good conscience tells us that the person has thoroughly explored an issue or an idea and has drawn a conclusion based on that exploration. McCain followed his statement with a whole litany of reasons for his position.

It doesn’t matter where John McCain stands in your political eyes. Would that we would follow… Continue reading

Eleven Days

It’s been eleven days since I posted the “disillusionment” piece about what appears to be a lack of follow up to a tip about the Stacey Burns case that I sent to the NHSP.  I’ll admit that I didn’t expect any response, not did I expect any response from the next post about five hundred and fifty people reading it.

Here is why I didn’t expect any response and this may be coming only from frustration so please bear with me. I am beginning to believe what I do not want to believe. The killer of Stacey Burns murder… Continue reading

Five Hundred and Fifty

Last time I looked, five hundred and fifty people have read my last post regarding my disappointment/disillusionment that key people in a tip about the Stacey Burns murder I sent to the NHSP early in May had not yet been interviewed.  This is the most in a long time. This fact relieves a small bit of the disillusionment because it seems to say that interest in Stacey’s murder still runs high.

In May, when I first heard the information contained in the tip, I’ll confess to being a bit hesitant to share it. After all, the police have worked… Continue reading

Disappointed, Almost Disillusioned

Today, I found out that some people included in a tip about the Stacey Burns murder I sent to the New Hampshire State Police four months ago have not been interviewed. These people are part of  group who I was sure would be contacted as a result of this tip. “Playing telephone tag” was mentioned as well an observation that there did not seem a deep commitment on the part of investigators to talk to them. I’m sorry to admit that this is a disappointment, not because my information was necessarily correct or accurate, but because of the apparent… Continue reading

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