Duke Southard

Author, Educator, Lecturer

Forty-Six Days Until Stacey’s Gone Eight Years

If you are tired of this “countdown” please let me hear from you!

In January, I mentioned in a post that perhaps the changes in political leadership in New Hampshire would bring about some pressure to solve the Stacey Burns murder. Those reading this blog are aware of a fifteen page document that an ambitious individual sent to every conceivable law enforcement agency, asking legitimate questions about the investigation. Included was a petition signed by over 4000 people asking that sufficient resources be allocated to solve this crime. Well, here we are.

The countdown to the eighth anniversary… Continue reading

Walking Back on Walking Back

Someone very close to me pointed out that I admitted to fibbing to my friends when I was young in the last post. That is very true, but most of us came to the conclusion that lying is not good, whether that realization came at age five, thirteen, or twenty or whatever.  However, we all know some people who never did come to that conclusion.

These are the folks for whom “walking back” becomes a way of life.

Someone once observed, humorously, that he couldn’t be a liar because he didn’t have a good enough memory to remember… Continue reading

Walking Back

Speaking at a meeting of four book clubs in Green Valley yesterday- over fifty attended for a talk and discussion about their current book, Cracks in the Wall.


Here is a portion of a letter I sent to the Green Valley News. (Not sure if it will be published)

Does anyone not love the new phrase, “walking back,” as in, (“so and so)
is walking back the quote directly from his mouth?”
At age thirteen, I took an exotic trip (for the time-1953) all the way to
an uncle’s house in St. Louis from New Jersey. As you know,… Continue reading

Book Club plus A Stacey Countdown

After two weeks of wonderful company of friends and family and one week of being under the weather (not like NH weather today!(-:) I’ll be back to regular posting.

Two things for this post: First, I’m looking forward to a presentation to a joint session of several book clubs in Green Valley which have read Cracks in the Wall. I’ll be talking about turning true crime into fiction as well as the publishing world for the average writer in the “Age of Amazon.” The event is this Thursday afternoon. Over sixty people are expected to attend.

Second, I… Continue reading

On birthdays and anniversaries . . .

I just “celebrated?” a birthday, one which put me solidly in the elderly category.  I love all the clichés that abound when one celebrates a birthday. You know, sayings like “it’s only a number” and “you’re only as old as you feel” or, my favorite, “you really look good for your age.”

Anyway, a birthday is an anniversary and we’ve been looking at a sad upcoming anniversary on this post for a while now.  Back in January, I mentioned how great it would be if the murder of Stacey Burns was solved before the eighth anniversary of… Continue reading

Who is running the show?

Apparently, the author of the document containing fifteen pages of questions/comments for investigators of the Stacey Burns murder case has received responses from some state offices, indicating they have forwarded said document to the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office. Is Jeff Strelzin still the lead prosecutor for this case?

Might we hope that this will “light the fire” for more resources to be directed toward closing this case? Will the fact that the new senator, Maggie Hassan, forwarded it to “appropriate agencies” bring about some change?

As we wait to see, here are a couple of other areas mentioned… Continue reading

Website embarassment

Embarrassing or what!

Just went in to update my bio on www.dukesouthard.com and found that the “About” page was about two years (or more) out of date! Time does fly, doesn’t it?

When I present programs, I usually open with why I feel qualified to speak with a group, using my writing credentials as evidence. Well, many of those credentials did not appear in my bio on the website!

Hope you will check out the updated version on www.dukesouthard.com!



A Few of the Questions

The last post aroused some curiosity about what might contained in the questions asked of law enforcement regarding the Stacey Burns murder. In this post, I’ll list a couple, which probably will only spark more curiosity. First, I’ll share a portion of the preface to the document I received which I believe is taken from the petition which began circulation last summer.

“There is still a killer amongst us. The famliy and friends of Stacey Keane Burns are infuriated over the lack of movement related to Stacey’s case. . .We need your support so that SUFFICIENT resources can be … Continue reading

A List of Questions

On Sunday, I received via e-mail a copy of a petition containing fifteen pages of comments and questions regarding the murder of Stacey Burns with the request to comment and forward to any official offices I felt might react to the points raised in that document. I am assuming it has received wide spread distribution.

I am curious as to how many people out there have seen it. If investigators have seen it, I’d be curious to hear their reaction. It seems to call into question the thoroughness of their investigation by asking many questions about what procedures were… Continue reading

Save the date?

Just back from a wonderful week long cruise to Mexico during which we had no cell phone nor internet communications. Luckily, we were able to see the Super Bowl!

I will get back to posting regularly  but first a brief reminder.

The last few posts before the trip dealt with the notion that perhaps the Stacey Burns murder case will be solved by the eighth anniversary of that horrible crime.  Also mentioned was the idea that maybe a demonstration (or the threat of one) on that eighth anniversary might provide an incentive for the police to… Continue reading

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