Duke Southard

Author, Educator, Lecturer

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After the Tournaments

I  truly appreciate the thoughtfulness and effort and heartfelt emotion that goes into all the events commemorating the anniversary of a brutal, heinous crime, the murder of Stacey Burns. So now, it is three days after the ninth anniversary.

My only question? How much closer to arresting this killer are we than we were at the last  anniversary, or the one before that, or before that?

The golf tournaments, the 5K runs, and the expressions of grief and sorrow are great, but how much closer are we, New Hampshire State Police?

Sure seems like a simple question, doesn’t it?

Duke

A Missed Opportunity?

Within the last week, I was contacted by an NBC Cable News affiliate in Boston. They wanted to do an interview regarding the Stacey Burns murder case. I turned down the offer since it had to be a live interview (no Skype or similar thing) in studio. The trip was impractical for me for a number of reasons.

My hope is that they found someone else in the New England area to do an interview about the case, if for no other reason than it might help bring more exposure to the ninth anniversary of Stacey’s death.

I’ve also heard… Continue reading

Out with the old!

Well, I’ve finally taken the advice of family, friends, acquaintances, and even a few strangers on the street!

This is gone!

This it the replacement. Now, if, in a Green Valley moment, I forget to put my feet down, I won’t fall over.

It’s a 2005 PT Cruiser)

Just an FYI . . .

Duke

Repost of Strong Comment, etc.

In yesterday’s post, portions, for whatever reason, were left out. This is a repeat of that paragraph with the missing words.

Today, I share a portion of a comment to a post from a week ago. It just gives us an important fact to remember in the killing of Stacey Burns. I thought it bears emphasizing. “What people fail to realize is that we are not looking for a killer; we are looking for a monster. . . Killing a mother of five knowing that the children will discover her mutilated body on Mother’s Day morning is a crime of… Continue reading

On horseback- then and now . . .

Sixty four years since my last horseback ride, I finally climbed back on last Saturday. Here, from my short personal essay, “The Dude Ranch” are a few snippets of my experience as a thirteen year old spending three days at a dude ranch in northern New Jersey. (yes, I said New Jersey!)

“When he finished his demonstrations,  Cowboy Earl turned to face us. “Now, let’s get acquainted with our animals,” he said,  intoning a final piece of advice. “And make sure you let them know you’re the boss, right from the get go.”

My horse’s name is erased… Continue reading

On Ice Dams and Frozen Pipes

The bitter cold currently holding so much of the country in a seeming death grip brought back memories of our dramatic move from the mild climes of New Jersey to the  harsh winters of  New Hampshire in December of 1970.

For three months, we rented an older, very large house on N. Main Street in Wolfeboro, N.H. Overnight, the first night of our living there,  the new studded nylon tires we had brought in Jersey to help our Ford Country Sedan deal with the snow developed flat spots frozen into them because the car was not garaged,… Continue reading

Merry Christmas

I’d like to wish all the readers and contributors to this blog a very Merry Christmas and a New Year blessed with good health, peace, and contentment.

I look forward to a new year which will see a new Parker Havenot novel and possibly two anthologies of short fiction and non-fiction I’ve written over the years, including some award winning essays and short stories.

I also will be praying that one of my correspondents is correct in the prediction that there will an arrest in the Stacey Burns murder case, and I can finally finish Murder in a Small Town:… Continue reading

Writer’s Digest Review

              I wanted to share this commentary from Writer’s Digest with my readers/followers on this blog as it make me pretty proud of my latest novel, Cracks in the Wall.

“Cracks in the Wall presents with a dramatic cover art design. . . . No issues with the over-all production quality—well done. As I stated this entry, something seemed familiar. I do believe I may have read and perhaps judged another book with the character Parker Havenot. I say this because I love the character. This author has an excellent mystery writing voice… Continue reading

Relections of Trust

Our pastor this morning used the phrase “failure to trust” as a lynchpin in his sermon. I started thinking about how much my trust in so many things has eroded. His reference, of course, was to the trust we have or do not have in God. My thought drifted to another area, primarily my belief that people are telling me the truth. This belief, for sure, has eroded, and I don’t think that erosion is related to my cynicism increasing with age. I think it has to do with the reality that the truth has become a tool to stretch,… Continue reading

Ouch! A Response

“In an open case, such as Stacey Ann Keane Burns, specific investigative steps that have been taken or have not been taken are not open for discussion. That includes who may have been interviewed or have not been interviewed.

The above statement came in an e-mail from a frequent correspondent, one who has worked diligently on keeping this case alive. It apparently is an official response to Wednesday’s post regarding “in good conscience” in which I suggested (dared to suggest) that perhaps a “minimal update on the case” could be supplied to the general public.
I don’t think I… Continue reading

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