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.

Degrees of Truth

“Degrees of Truth” is a small part of one chapter of Murder in a Small Town: The Tragic Death of Stacey Burns. After much deliberation, the essay “Degrees of Truth” has been removed from the Fallacy of Closure anthology, a book to be published soon. This piece dealt with the events of Friday night and Saturday morning before Stacey Burns was murdered. It was factual, based on interviews I had with people very close to Stacey.

Here, in synopsis form, are the reasons why it will not be included in the new book..

  1. It names real people,… Continue reading

Stacey Burns: Old news?

Please don’t take this title as disrespectful to the memory of a very special person.  In fact, it is just the opposite.

We, her advocates, her friends, her family, her community, cannot allow her to become “old news.”

Any number of my posts over the years regarding this horrible crime received several hundred hits, which meant that a substantial number of people had read them.

The last few, even with provocative titles, have been read by just a hundred and fifty, give or take a few, and often less.

My point? ANYONE who is murdered should never become “old… Continue reading

Missing the boat on Stacey Burns?

I received the following comment on my blog “Another Year” and it really made me think about what I’ve been writing in this blog over the years. Read on then I’ll explain.

“I am sorry you have not had many responses to your two questions (really any since Jim and Wayne only address them tangentially if at all). I am a long time reader of your blog but this is my first time commenting. I suspect many are like me – appreciate your writings concerning Stacey’s murder but are reluctant to comment since we can add little that could or… Continue reading

Another Year!

Sometimes I wish I were in a crowded auditorium giving a talk about the Stacey Burns case. I have done it before but never to a large group.

After informing this crowd about what I know, I would ask two simple questions and here they are:.

  1. We are approaching yet another year (number 9) when this crime will not be solved; if you are frustrated, angry, disappointed or discouraged, would you please raise your hand?
  2. If you are happy with the investigation and feel that the authorities are doing the best they can to nail this sick, demented, and vicious… Continue reading

From “Murder in a Small Town . . .”

Here are a couple of short segments from Murder in a Small Town: The Tragic Death of Stacey Burns, a book residing in limbo until something else happens. Remember, these segments were written very early on in my work on the book. (between six and seven years ago!)

(Chapter Seven, “The Exes” page 62-63)      State and local police and authorities from the New Hampshire Attorney General’s office no doubt are struggling to withstand the inevitable let-down that comes from a lengthy investigation. Forget about the first two days being critical; when a murder begins to… Continue reading

Stacey Burns Update

As promised in the last post, I will use this blog to keep readers updated on what I know is happening in the Stacey Burns murder investigation.

On Sunday, a gentleman at our church came up to me after the service. He was present when I spoke to the men’s breakfast group about my work on Murder in a Small: The Tragic Death of Stacey Burns almost two years ago. He told me about  a horrible (is there any other kind) rape/murder case which had just been solved, TWENTY EIGHT YEARS after the crime was committed. If this same… Continue reading

Happy New Year, New Book, and Surprised

Happy New Year!

There have not been many posts over this busy season (One since Christmas Eve!) but one New Year’s Resolution is to never allow more than three days to pass without a post from me on this blog.

This post returns to a familiar topic-the Stacey Burns murder- but first a progress report on my new novel. I will be meeting with the publisher by the end of January to arrange details for publication of the currently titled The Tipping Point, a title that likely will be changed before all is said and done. Those who have read… Continue reading

Who Accepts This?

“Brian Strong doesn’t enjoy lying, don’t make him. Stacey’s killer is well known to him and it’s with great disappointment that he will never be brought to justice. Leave them alone and accept it. It happens all the time (over 125 in 30 years) here in N.H. the live free or die state. Stacey just wasn’t ever going to be free “

The above comment may be found in the comments section on my website under my “Still Waiting” post.  I am calling attention to it because someone reading it there may feel it needs further clarification. In fact,… Continue reading

Still Waiting . . .

This will be brief: I still wonder what may have happened to the tip submitted in early May about the Stacey Burns murder case. I know that the authorities are not bound to let anyone know what happens to  a tip. I get that and I live in fear that something I say or do might result in screwing up this investigation. However, that being said, how about a phone call saying nothing, such as these clichés? (sometimes even a cliché can make a person feel better. ) “We’re following up. Thanks!” “We are on top of this, trust… Continue reading

The Two Day Rule

Following are several paragraphs from Chapter Seven-“The Exes” in the first draft of the Murder in a Small Town: The Tragic Death of Stacey Burns” book. As mentioned numerous times, this narrative is incomplete, simply because  the ending of the real story has not yet  been told. Please note the last two sentences, written over five years ago. At that time, it appeared that the focus was on one person. One has to wonder if that focus still exists. Now, some have told me that I should not be so critical of the police investigation. However, if that… Continue reading

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