Duke Southard

Author, Educator, Lecturer

WHAT IF

This a follow-up to the last post in which I wondered what would happen if anyone even remotely involved in the Stacey Burns murder, whether family, friend, acquaintance, community member, or someone who is simply interested in seeing justice done showed up one day asking for an update on the case.

Today, I’m asking the question novelists often use to ignite their inspiration for writing a scene. The question? It’s simple. What if? What if this character said this or did this or didn’t say this or didn’t do this? Sometimes, the answer to the question sends the story in… Continue reading

Back to Stacey and Bobbie

Sometimes I wonder what might happen if every single person who is even remotely connected to the Stacey Burns and/or Bobbie Miller murder cases showed up one day at the Office of the Attorney General and asked (or demanded) that an update on the progress of these investigations be provided. By every single person, I don’t mean just family and friends. I mean everyone, from community members affected by the devastating grief associated with those crimes to those who have only read about the crimes and everyone in between.

I’m not suggesting that the crimes need to be solved at… Continue reading

Amazon Ratings?

This post is a bit different for this blog so apologies in advance to readers if it disappoints.

I am completely confused about how book sales ratings are compiled by Amazon. I know that my latest book, The Final Tipping Point, has sold more copies (by far) than the anthology, The Fallacy of Closure and other award winning stories and essays, has. Both were published this year yet the novel is rated far below any of my books, even A Favor Returned, which was published in 2014.

Again, sorry for straying from the usual topics… Continue reading

Apologies and Parties

To the regular readers of this blog, I extend my apologies for such a long (two week) absence. A holiday trip to the East Coast and the usual busyness of the season intervened. I promise to get  back on a more regular schedule again. Perhaps, I should say I promise to try to get back on schedule.

If you haven’t read the five comments to my last post regarding questions I’ve been asked recently about the party that Ed Burns attended the night of Stacey’s murder, you really should. Just go to my website (www.dukesouthard.com) and select the Murder… Continue reading

Interesting new question

I received these interesting questions via email from a follower of this blog. With permission, I am reprinting them here, leaving out the three names preceding the question about being asked to be on the 20/20 show back in January, 2011. Suffice it say that these three had close relationships with Stacey Burns at the time of her murder. None of the three appeared in that episode of 20/20 so the questions about their appearance (or lack thereof) seem valid.

The second question dealing with the party that Ed Burns attended on that Saturday night of the murder has been… Continue reading

A 02/16/2011 Quote-Stacey Burns

Again, a visit to my “murder book” on the Stacy Burns murder–

From a Granite State News article: February 2, 2011:

“In the Burns case, we have evidence, but not enough to make an arrest and that is what the state police are continuing to build on.”

So, over seven years ago, they had “evidence” but not enough to build on.

My question, asked in the utmost innocence- Are you still building on that evidence, or have you in all reality given up investigating this case and sitting back waiting for “someone to crack?”?

Have a good day!

Duke

A Final Tipping Point

When will the Stacey Burns murder reach a final tipping point?

On Saturday, we officially launched my new book, The Final Tipping Point. As I was once again perusing my murder book with material I’ve gathered on the Stacey Burns case, I thought about the central theme of the book and its relationship to that case.

Most human beings come to times in their lives when crucial decisions are made, sending them in certain directions. This happens to characters in the book. Call them whatever you might–watershed moments, turning points, or maybe tipping points. I’m wondering when a crucial… Continue reading

85%

Just wondering if the new crime will result in an 85 % chance of conviction . . .

However, we all know that 85 % is not good enough odds to bring forth the case, correct?

Duke

Another murder?

This will be brief: I know nothing about the incident in Wolfeboro.

I am praying that it is not another case of “Come to New Hampshire where you can get away with murder.”

To whomever is affected, my sincere condolences. . .

Looking forward to learning more details .. . (should we ever learn them?)

Duke

July 27, 2010 and August 13, 2011

Several people expressed interest in the historical perspective presented by revisiting past emails, blog posts, and other materials contained in my “murder book” about the Stacey Burns murder. I’ll share some of them in the interest of trying to make some sense of the timeline for the investigation. I will not refer to anyone by name.

From an email dated July 27, 2010 after visits and interviews by the producers of the 20/20 show in Wolfeboro: “Learned a few things…they found sixty different DNA samples in Stacey’s house.” Another specific detail gleaned from the 20/20 team was shared in this… Continue reading

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