Duke Southard

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Been a while . . .

It’s been a while since I’ve posted on this blog so I should catch you all up to date.

First, as any regular reader knows, the category of Murder in a Small Town is active but nothing new from my point of view will be posted there unless something new happens in the Stacey Burns murder case. I’ve heard that a full time NHSP detective has been assigned to the case, so I’m sure all the pertinent people in Wolfeboro are being interviewed again as we speak, no doubt leaving no stone unturned, as they say. Likely, as I heard… Continue reading

May 11, 2019

Putting on my novelist hat, I’ll ask a “what if” question, the kind of question that keeps a story rolling.

What if, on Saturday, May 11, 2019, one day after Stacey Burns will have been dead for ten years, a venue was available for all law enforcement personnel who have ever worked on Stacey’s murder case to come together and provide the general public with whatever information they have gathered up to the day of the tenth anniversary. This would include everyone from the first lead detective, Steve Rowland, to folks from the N.H. Attorney General’s Office, to local authorities,… Continue reading

WHAT IF

This a follow-up to the last post in which I wondered what would happen if anyone even remotely involved in the Stacey Burns murder, whether family, friend, acquaintance, community member, or someone who is simply interested in seeing justice done showed up one day asking for an update on the case.

Today, I’m asking the question novelists often use to ignite their inspiration for writing a scene. The question? It’s simple. What if? What if this character said this or did this or didn’t say this or didn’t do this? Sometimes, the answer to the question sends the story in… Continue reading

Another murder?

This will be brief: I know nothing about the incident in Wolfeboro.

I am praying that it is not another case of “Come to New Hampshire where you can get away with murder.”

To whomever is affected, my sincere condolences. . .

Looking forward to learning more details .. . (should we ever learn them?)

Duke

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

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

A year old post…re: Stacey Burns

This was posted in June, 2017. It is timely in the sense that it mentions the 4th of July.

At the time, I thought the information I supplied was important and I still do. Of course, no one can ever know what became of this tip because the NHSP are absolutely on top of everything in this case. Remember, the “arrest is imminent” comment of several years ago?

To the folks in Wolfeboro and surrounding towns: Are you concerned in the least that this person may still walk among you?

The more years that go by, the less chance you… Continue reading

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

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