Duke Southard

Author, Educator, Lecturer

Duke Southard

Author of two novels, one memoir and one nonfiction commissioned history Born in New Jersey, lived in New Hampshire for forty years, then moved to Arizona full time in 2009 Current president of the Santa Cruz Valley Chapter of the Society of Southwestern Authors Public school educator for thirty five years.

Not Gaining Traction?

My last post was a musing about whether the idea of a public demonstration asking for any sort of information on the murder of Stacey Burns from the official authorities would work. The second part of that musing was wondering if such a movement could “gain traction” in the town of Wolfeboro and surrounding areas over the next few months as we approach the tenth anniversary of the murder.

Only one person commented on the last post, and that person appears convinced that the name of Stacey’s killer will be revealed before that sad anniversary. I’d be curious to hear… Continue reading

Gain Traction?

What follows is another comment from a previous post regarding the possibility of some sort of action to be taken as the tenth anniversary of the murder of Stacey Burns approaches in just a few months. I personally would love to see this idea gain some traction in the Wolfeboro area. In spite of the official claims that this case is “active” it seems as if nothing much is happening right now. Once again, if anyone knows that something real is happening, then please speak up. I say “something real” because it is a farce to continually say “cases like… Continue reading

Merry Christmas and a “Must Read”

FIrst, I wish all of my readers, followers, and everyone else a Merry Christmas and a Happy and prosperous 2019! May you all be blessed with good health and happiness!

Second, you must read a comment on my last post regarding a Wolfeboro Town Hall type of event with all the VIP’s in the Stacey Burns murder case invited. The person who commented seems willing to get such an event started. Of course, there would be a tremendous amount of work to be done and shared, but that is a given.

My thanks to the person who submitted the following… Continue reading

A Reality Check

It is always for someone to toss a dose of reality into a discussion. My last two posts on this blog have talked about how interesting it would be if a huge march of all of Stacey Burns (and Bobbie Miller’s as well) family, friends, acquaintances, etc. converged on the New Hampshire Attorney General’s office in Concord and demanded a report on the progress of the two investigations. a person who has worked tirelessly on getting and keeping the Burns murder case alive sent a email with an explanation why a march of this type will never take place.

Here… Continue reading

Good Overcomes Evil

A thoughtful comment on my posts encouraging some sort of action on the part of those affected by the murders of Stacey Burns and Bobbie Miller made me think about a major theological issue with two subheadings. 

As you may guess from the title of this piece, it is about good versus evil in this world of ours. This is a subject that easily divides into two realities. On the one hand, don’t we all expect that “justice will be served” or “Karma will win out?”  However, the comment mentioned above talks about a crime solved twenty eight years after… Continue reading

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

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