Duke Southard

Author, Educator, Lecturer

Murder in a Smalll Town . . .

As promised in the previous post, I will occasionally be sharing small segments of my unfinished and unpublished book, Murder in a Small Town: The Tragic Death of Stacey Burns.  As everyone is aware, this book will never be finished because the “Arrest/Trial/Conviction” chapters obviously cannot be written. The narrative of this story has changed over the years since I wrote the first one hundred and seventy pages or so, with angles I had not dreamed of entering the picture. However, here is how the book begins.

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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

In Good Conscience

“In good conscience” is a wonderful phrase, just recently used by John McCain as he explained his vote against the current health care bill in the U.S. Senate.  It’s like the “do no harm” phrase in the Hippocratic oath.

If a person truly means it, in good conscience tells us that the person has thoroughly explored an issue or an idea and has drawn a conclusion based on that exploration. McCain followed his statement with a whole litany of reasons for his position.

It doesn’t matter where John McCain stands in your political eyes. Would that we would follow… Continue reading

Eleven Days

It’s been eleven days since I posted the “disillusionment” piece about what appears to be a lack of follow up to a tip about the Stacey Burns case that I sent to the NHSP.  I’ll admit that I didn’t expect any response, not did I expect any response from the next post about five hundred and fifty people reading it.

Here is why I didn’t expect any response and this may be coming only from frustration so please bear with me. I am beginning to believe what I do not want to believe. The killer of Stacey Burns murder… Continue reading

Five Hundred and Fifty

Last time I looked, five hundred and fifty people have read my last post regarding my disappointment/disillusionment that key people in a tip about the Stacey Burns murder I sent to the NHSP early in May had not yet been interviewed.  This is the most in a long time. This fact relieves a small bit of the disillusionment because it seems to say that interest in Stacey’s murder still runs high.

In May, when I first heard the information contained in the tip, I’ll confess to being a bit hesitant to share it. After all, the police have worked… Continue reading

Disappointed, Almost Disillusioned

Today, I found out that some people included in a tip about the Stacey Burns murder I sent to the New Hampshire State Police four months ago have not been interviewed. These people are part of  group who I was sure would be contacted as a result of this tip. “Playing telephone tag” was mentioned as well an observation that there did not seem a deep commitment on the part of investigators to talk to them. I’m sorry to admit that this is a disappointment, not because my information was necessarily correct or accurate, but because of the apparent… Continue reading

Stacey’s “Tipping Point”

We have all experienced “tipping points” in our lives. Stacey Burns no doubt experienced one when she made the decision to divorce her husband. It surely was not a decision made lightly but with careful considerations of all the factors at work in her life at the time. There had to be a moment, an event or a combination of events that led to her  tipping point, sending her life in a different direction. Her family and friends are aware of those factors. From my observation and interviews with those who knew her, she, like the narrator  in… Continue reading

Amazon Reviews and Making Money

This post is really two topics in one but they might be related. Please don’t think I am complaining. This is purely an informational blog post.

First, every author will tell you that Amazon reviews of books is critical to the success of a good book. My five books have a total of thirty-seven reviews with thirty five stars and seven four stars. That would seem to indicate that the books have a chance at being successful, right?  (Assuming that not all the reviews were written by my family-they weren’t!) Obviously it would be helpful to… Continue reading

My “Murder Book”

About once a week, I revisit what  I call my “murder book” on the Stacey Burns murder. It is a very thick , three ring binder, filled with all sorts of notes, emails, newspaper clippings, interview transcriptions, etc. The murder book term is a common one in stories about homicide detectives and I always run across items in mine that had slipped my mind over time..  Even though some of the quotations below have been used in this blog previously, I thought some of the newer readers might be interested in them.

“Our primary responsibility is certainly our… Continue reading

Stacey Burns Progress Report

As promised in my last post, here is the progress report on the Stacey Burns murder case from only my perspective.

On May 25, in response to a comment on this blog that the “(Stacey Burns) case is over,” I sent a question to the NHSP asking if this respondent was correct. Here is the answer I received from that question. It came from a detective in the NHSP on May 26, 2017.

“The investigation is not over and we are currently still working on this case. I
can’t comment about what is being done as it is an… Continue reading

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