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.

An Invitation To All!

  All of my southern Arizona friends (and anyone else) are invited to a wine/light appetizers open house to celebrate the official publication of The Final Tipping Point, the fourth novel in the Detective Parker Havenot series.

The date is Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 1-4 P.M. at our residence at 1077 S. Paseo del Prado, Continental Vistas, Green Valley, Arizona.

Please stop by to say hello and have a beverage and snack. RSVP is not necessary.

Parking is an issue in our development so please pay attention to the parking signs and park on one side of… Continue reading

More from “Murder in a Small Town . . .”

In preparation for a possible conversation with a television reporter (which hasn’t happened yet but may fairly soon), I spent an hour or so leafing through what I call my personal “murder book,” a term used widely by real detectives. It is a compilation of every scrap of paper generated by my research into the Stacey Burns murder. It includes interview notes and transcriptions, hard copies of e-mails, contact documentations, permission to use information forms, and newspaper clippings and articles. It is about two inches thick with hundreds of pages of material.

I’m beginning to think that since the police… Continue reading

Messed up?

I will confess to finding it hard to come up with a new way to say this but here it goes and let the (cliché) chips fall where they may.

Two murders, committed about twelve miles apart (across the big lake) almost ten years ago remain unsolved. Bobbie Miller and Stacey Burns lay in their graves while their killers are free. These are “small town” killings.

Criticize my posts all you want, but what is going on? The New Hampshire State Police Major Crime Unit cannot come up with enough evidence to arrest someone for either crime after all these… Continue reading

My Tips

As I contemplate why only one person has responded to my request for knowledge of people interviewed during the tenth year of the Stacey Burns murder investigation, I began thinking about the “tips’ about the murder that have come my way as a result of my blog and my visits to New Hampshire.

I’ve been told, and I understand the concept, that police are under no obligation to inform someone who submits a tip or possibly relevant information of the results of the investigation of that tip. So, with that in mind, I still think I’m allowed to wonder about… Continue reading

Yeah, but what about . . .?

I’ m wondering about this as it becomes more prevalent. I call it the “but what about?” syndrome.

The syndrome kicks in when someone is accused of anything, from a serious crime to hurling a simple verbal insult. No sooner is the perpetrator called for the infraction, whatever it is, that he or she responds with a “but what about” and names some other person who allegedly committed the same or similar infractions in the past to excuse their behavior.

This is not a political post, although politics contains much of the “but what about” syndrome. It is a simple… Continue reading

Twelve Days

After waiting twelve days for responses to my last post, I decided that I should let you know the results of my request.

That post, read by dozens of people, resulted in two responses. Both can be read on my website under the category of “Murder in a Small Town.”

One was from a person who has followed this blog and posted responses on a regular basis but is not one who has been close to the murder case of Stacey Burns. The other is a regular contributor here and has been clearly involved in the case since the first… Continue reading

Interviews and followups(From March, 2013)

Five and half years ago, (March 28, 2013) back when I believed that the murderer of Stacey Burns would be caught, I asked this question in a blog post. 

It makes sense, to me at least, to ask the question again since it seems a valid one, even after over five years. So, here it is.

“How many of you out there who were initially interviewed by the police have been reinterviewed within the last six months? (By anyone, including cold case detectives, other state police personnel, local police, reporters) It just seems that the answer to this… Continue reading

The Final Tipping Point (e-books)

All types of e-book versions of The Final Tipping Point are now available. Here are the links:

Amazon (Kindle) http://www.amazon.com

Barnes and Noble (Nook) http://www.barnesandnoble.com

Google http://play.google.com/store/books

Thanks for your support and be sure to review it on Amazon if you so inclined. It really helps!

Thanks!

Duke

When Truth Isn’t The Truth

To my readers:  Apologies for the brief hiatus- Wonderful time with grandchildren intervened. . . .

Here’s a quote from my draft version of Murder in a Small Town: The  Tragic Death of Stacey Burns.”

As absurd as it may be, the fact is that the truth of what happened during Stacey Burns’s final thirty-six hours is elusive. . . .(Unnamed source) captured the ongoing dilemma of trying to sort out the truth when she said that she only knows her truth, admitting that others no doubt have their own version of the truth.”

I remembered this… Continue reading

Horseback riding . . .

Hannah on the left, Grammie Barbara in the middle, and Ben on the right!

I’ve been somewhat busy with a wonderful visit from our grandkids from Maryland and tomorrow will be going back east with them so blog posts have not been on the priority list.

I thank those who have commented on recent posts and continue to stay interested.

Until next week, I leave you all with this thought. Horseback riding is a lot easier when one is “younger.” I did manage to mount my horse and have a nice hour ride with my wife and the grandkids. However,… Continue reading

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