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.

Five Hundred and Fifty

Last time I looked, five hundred and fifty people have read my last post regarding my disappointment/disillusionment that key people in a tip about the Stacey Burns murder I sent to the NHSP early in May had not yet been interviewed.  This is the most in a long time. This fact relieves a small bit of the disillusionment because it seems to say that interest in Stacey’s murder still runs high.

In May, when I first heard the information contained in the tip, I’ll confess to being a bit hesitant to share it. After all, the police have worked… Continue reading

Disappointed, Almost Disillusioned

Today, I found out that some people included in a tip about the Stacey Burns murder I sent to the New Hampshire State Police four months ago have not been interviewed. These people are part of  group who I was sure would be contacted as a result of this tip. “Playing telephone tag” was mentioned as well an observation that there did not seem a deep commitment on the part of investigators to talk to them. I’m sorry to admit that this is a disappointment, not because my information was necessarily correct or accurate, but because of the apparent… Continue reading

Stacey’s “Tipping Point”

We have all experienced “tipping points” in our lives. Stacey Burns no doubt experienced one when she made the decision to divorce her husband. It surely was not a decision made lightly but with careful considerations of all the factors at work in her life at the time. There had to be a moment, an event or a combination of events that led to her  tipping point, sending her life in a different direction. Her family and friends are aware of those factors. From my observation and interviews with those who knew her, she, like the narrator  in… Continue reading

My “Murder Book”

About once a week, I revisit what  I call my “murder book” on the Stacey Burns murder. It is a very thick , three ring binder, filled with all sorts of notes, emails, newspaper clippings, interview transcriptions, etc. The murder book term is a common one in stories about homicide detectives and I always run across items in mine that had slipped my mind over time..  Even though some of the quotations below have been used in this blog previously, I thought some of the newer readers might be interested in them.

“Our primary responsibility is certainly our… Continue reading

Stacey Burns Progress Report

As promised in my last post, here is the progress report on the Stacey Burns murder case from only my perspective.

On May 25, in response to a comment on this blog that the “(Stacey Burns) case is over,” I sent a question to the NHSP asking if this respondent was correct. Here is the answer I received from that question. It came from a detective in the NHSP on May 26, 2017.

“The investigation is not over and we are currently still working on this case. I
can’t comment about what is being done as it is an… Continue reading

Catch 22?

For those wondering about the status of investigation into the tip i submitted to the NHSP in early May . . .

Of the seven people I thought would be interviewed based on that information, I can only confirm that three have been spoken to by police. One
additional “peripheral” person outside of the seven was interviewed based on info given by one of those three.
I do get regular reminders from various sources that I don’t know how real police investigations work. I’m just an ordinary citizen and perhaps I should wait and see what happens.… Continue reading

Urgent tip response

What follows is an email received from a follower of this blog, used with permission. It explains what the NHSP say they are doing in the Stacey Burns murder case and other so-called cold cases. It also explains why I have not and evidently will not receive any response about the status of information I submitted (the “urgent tip”)to the NHSP Cold Case Unit at the beginning of May. Readers can conclude whether this is positive or negative news. Here is the email:


You may or may not get a response.
You may not get the response… Continue reading

That troublesome “tip” again!

 Followers of this blog are aware that in early May, I sent an unsolicited “tip” regarding the murder of Stacey Burns to the NHSP Cold Case unit.  This tip originated with an old friend from New Hampshire and contained what I thought was new information. It was my estimate that following up on that information would have required speaking to a minimum of seven people with additional contacts likely necessary based on those conversations. I was told by an authoritative source that “tipsters” are not informed of the results of investigations into their information so I did… Continue reading

Irresponsible and Cruel

What follows is one of the most upsetting posts for me personally since I started the “Stacey Burns murder project.” It is a  response to my post entitled “Ten Suspects.”

“Telling Stacey’s children that there could be as many as 10 people, one being their own father that might have “slaughtered” their mother is perhaps the most irresponsible and cruelest thing I can imagine. Putting the burden on them, little kids to figure it out.”

It is upsetting on two major levels. First, any post I write is designed to make a positive difference. If my post caused… Continue reading

Ten Suspects

Ten suspects in the murder of Stacey Burns? This is a revised version of a post of over a year ago because of new information I’ve received over the last few months.

I spent some time yesterday looking back through notes from interviews, e-mails, and phone calls I’ve accumulated in the years since I started the “Murder in a Small Town” project. (2010) Here is one item of interest.

Ten people (or combinations) show up as named suspects by at least one interviewee. This means that at least ten people have identified to me who… Continue reading

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