Duke Southard

Author, Educator, Lecturer

Works in Progress

This photo is taken at The Country Bookseller in Wolfeboro, N.H. at a book signing of Cracks in the Wall.

As a change of pace, I thought I would let people know what I am working on, literarily speaking, as those who have read my books do ask me on occasion.

In addition to a number of short pieces of fiction and personal essays I have submitted to a number of different outlets and contests, I continue to work on a new novel, which at this point is slated to be the last of the Detective Parker … Continue reading

Abused women in fiction

In March, I spoke to a large group of book club members, all of whom had read my latest novel, Cracks in the Wall.

After the program, a woman approached me and informed me that she “didn’t like any of the women in the book.” She went on to explain that she thought they were weak and should have shown more backbone when dealing with the men who exploited them. That conversation stimulated my thinking about the female characters in the book, especially the protagonist, Linda Phillips.

Since the character is based on research… Continue reading

“Tip” results so far

So far, I know of two people (out of three) who were mentioned in a recent post as being part of a “tip” I received on the Stacey Burns murder case have at least been contacted by the NHSP.

I was reminded by a follower in an email that it had been sixteen days since the “tip” was forwarded to the cold case unit (if there is one) of the NHSP. I also found out through this same individual  that investigators do not necessarily get back to their sources with information about the resultes of a follow-up… Continue reading

“In Case Anyone Cares”

As I wait to see if my “hot tip” bears any fruit with the New Hampshire State Police in the investigation of the Stacey Burns murder, I thought I’d offer a change of pace for this blog.

This post is the opening paragraph in a memoir (first draft) about growing up with a “Greatest Generation” father. The tongue-in-cheek title is “In Case Anyone Cares,” a title my wife dislikes intensely.

The memoir is about sixty pages along. I wonder if, after reading this opening paragraph, anyone would want to continue reading.

The Greatest Generation?

Perhaps Not!

“The… Continue reading

Twenty-five Years-A Tribute

Twenty-five years today, we lost a son, a brother, and a steadfast, unique individual  to all who knew him. His death turned the week from heaven into the week from hell.

Those years have passed by, as years seem to do, in the proverbial blink of an eye. Thank God that we have twenty-nine years of memories to draw upon before that awful day when Gary left us.

We all miss you dearly. I think all the time of what might have been in your life, in your career, in your marriage . . .

You were a good… Continue reading

False hope and Coincidences

First, a question- why would someone who praised the NHSP detective now working the Stacey Burns murder case in previous posts now refer to this officer as a “putz”  who is feeding me “BS?” Just wondering . . .

It is gratifying to have the response to my last post expressing some hope that the murder of Stacey Burns is still an active case. However, that being said, I believe over the last eight years, we’ve heard that before.

The difference this time is that I provided two specific contact points for the NHSP to follow on a “tip”… Continue reading

Encouraged- R.I.P. Stacey

Eight years ago, right around this time (10:30-11:00 am, May 10, 2009) a son and daughter were looking down in utter disbelief and shock at their mother, murdered in her own bed in the quiet, peaceful town of Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. May you rest in peace, Stacey Burns. I did not know you but over the last six and a half years feel as if I’ve become acquainted with the special woman you were to your family, friends and community. You are loved and missed terribly.

Now to the encouragement- I’ve actually conversed with a detective from the New Hampshire… Continue reading

A Cold Case Tip

Waiting for a response to this email sent yesterday to the Cold Case Unit in New Hampshire. (This is just a portion of the message) I will let you know when I hear anything back from them.

“This morning, I received a phone call from an old friend in New Hampshire
regarding a possible tip. (in the murder of Stacey Burn) This person felt the need to alert someone to
information that may not have been known before. It involved a person who
has been named several times in my interviews with friends of Stacey Burns
as a possible… Continue reading

One week and two deaths

One week- Stacey Burns will be dead for eight years. The person responsible continues to walk free, possibly even laughing at those trying to figure out a way to bring this EVIL person to some kind of accountability.

Forgive me for the following if it offends anyone…

On May 14, 1992, our son died of a weird electrical problem with his heart. He was 29 years old, a West Point career officer. I had no one to blame other than God for our loss. I can guarantee that if his death was human caused, as is the death… Continue reading

Encouragement? or more frustration?

Here is a portion of the email I received and mentioned in the last post. I’ll leave it to readers to decide whether it means something may happen in the Stacey Burns murder case.  (I thought New Hampshire had a “Cold Case Unit” in place, even after the grant money of a few years ago ran out. Can anyone explain how a list of cold cases exists but the unit which might investigate them does not exist?)

Here’s the “encouraging” email from a state rep.

We just received an inquiry from The Office of Governor Sununu.

( will let… Continue reading

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