Duke Southard

Author, Educator, Lecturer

Murder In a Small Town

This blog deals specifically with my work on the book, Murder in a Small Town: The Tragic Death of Stacey Burns.

Revisiting Frustrations

What fun it is to read through past blog posts I’ve written on the Stacey Burns murder case. I ran across one from October, 2013 which listed some of my frustrations with the case. This entry was inspired by a question I was asked at a program I presented in New Hampshire. Again, note that it was written almost five years ago.

“Frustration # 2 is simply the fact that 1604 days have passed and the authorities continue to less than forthcoming with information. The public continues to be left to ponder why there has not been an… Continue reading

Another Repost re: The Murder of Stacey Burns

Here is a part of another post from January, 2013, about thirty months after I started working on Murder in A Small Town. It seems as pertinent today as it did then, if not more so.

“Recently, I was rereading an Ann Rule book of true crime cases (A Rage to Kill) and ran across the phrase, “Closed-Exceptional,” in her foreword. It is a phrase I did not recall but she says it designates a case in which the guilty person is known by detectives but, due to lack of physical evidence, has never been arrested. Obviously, with… Continue reading

Stacey and The Final Tipping Point

First, I thought followers might be interested in these few sentences from a January 4, 2013 blog post, way back when my writing focus was entirely on the book about the Stacey Burns murder.

(From January 4, 2013) “At this time, Murder in a Small Town; The Tragic Death of Stacey Burns is sorely lacking some details which Stacey’s family could supply to help me to make the story a fair and reasonable portrayal of a wonderful person. I know they are not in favor of this book, but I still contend that just maybe I could help to somehow… Continue reading

A Look Back . . .

Here is a suggestion for those who follow this blog because of its heavy concentration on the Stacey Burns murder case.

There are five hundred and sixty-two posts since I began this blog. Most of them dealing with the Stacey Burns murder have comments from readers as well.

If you like to see a history of my frustration and that of readers, and you have the time and inclination, take a look at www.dukesouthard.com. Select the subject, Murder in a Small Town, from the list on the right hand side of the page. From there, you can scroll through all… Continue reading


A few apologies are in order here:

  1. Sorry that a Father’s Day trip to Indy threw my posting schedule off by about a week. Will try to do better in the future.
  2. Sorry that another month had passed since the anniversary of Stacey’s murder with no apparent progress.
  3. Sorry that those who could make a difference in this case seem to be choosing not to do so. Please prove this to be an inaccurate statement. We all know that there are people, or even a person, who knows what happened that night (besides the killer)  We are into the… Continue reading

Another reprise . . .

My post ( A Reprise)  from June 1 did not receive wide distribution for some reason, so I’m repeating a bit of here along with some new observations.

Since June, 2012, I posted over five hundred and sixty times on this blog with about 85 % devoted to the Stacey Burns murder case. When the comments on these posts are added in, the result is over a thousand entries since this blog began.

Here is just another fresh observation, offered with the proviso that, as always, you can take it or leave it.

Don’t you wonder how the murderers… Continue reading

A reprise . . .

On December 12, 2012, I posted my first entry regarding the murder of Stacey Burns on this blog.

Since then, there have been five hundred and sixty posts, of which about 85 % dealt with this murder. Add in uncountable comments and replies and the total number of entries grows to well over a thousand.

My website, www.dukesouthard.com, has all of them.

If you have the time and the inclination, it might be interesting to peruse those entries.

Is anyone else truly tired of the “active, ongoing, intensive, open/unsolved ” designation of this murder?

Why not call it what it… Continue reading

“Afraid of her…”

 “I honestly think she may be afraid of (the suspect) . . .”

It’s been over a year since I sent the NH State Police my newest “hot tip” (at that time) about the Stacey Burns murder case.  Today, I checked with the source of that tip to see if any subsequent interviews or follow-up had occurred. As usual, this was a frustrating exercise.

Because of the nature of the tip, I can’t reveal too much detail but suffice it to say that the source felt that the reason he/she hadn’t heard anything at this point is that… Continue reading

Never too old to be discouraged?

This will sound like a whiney old man’s kind of post, but here it is!

The topic is obvious. When do we lose the ability to be discouraged?

Is it when we’re twenty-two and don’t get a job we applied for?

Is it when we’re thirty, and realize that we’re two steps behind on the basketball court?

Is it when we’re forty, and don’t get the expected promotion?

Is it when we are fifty, and are told that a new person could do our jobs, and at half the cost?

Is it when we are sixty, and realize that we’re… Continue reading

The Ninth Anniversary!

At the risk of being chastised again, I still feel the need to make a few observations on the upcoming ninth anniversary of the murder of Stacey Burns.  I appreciate the support some of my readers have shown for this blog and its mission.

For better or for worse, here are those observations gleaned from almost eight years of working with this subject. Notice, I didn’t say investigating because, as I’ve said often enough, I am not an “investigative reporter.” I am a writer who has been simply trying to find the truth.

  1. I’ve wondered how a case like… Continue reading

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