Duke Southard

Author, Educator, Lecturer

Talented Detective?

Lisa Gardner, one of my favorite crime storytellers, has this line in her short novel, The Fourth Man.

“It’s amazing what you can discover, even in a cold case, with a talented detective.” It is a quote about the redoubtable detective, D.D. Warren.

This leads to my oft-stated question regarding the Stacey Burns murder. Whether it is officially a cold case, or what some in the official world are calling “open, unsolved” my question is simple. Is it still being worked, and if so, with what level of intensity? Now, inspired by Lisa Gardner, we could add another question. Do… Continue reading

“Waiting for him to crack”

In a follow-up story to an original article about my attempts to write a book  about the Stacey Burns murder in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire in 2009, the editor of the Green Valley News says this.

“Southard and I have shared theories on the murder, especially after a New Hampshire cold case detective told me in 2013 that they know who did it–they’re just waiting for him to crack. We both think the case will be solved and somebody will go to prison. But, like any good mystery where the ending’s still up for grabs, we don’t agree on who… Continue reading

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 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

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

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