Duke Southard

Author, Educator, Lecturer

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Here are the first two paragraphs on page 11 of Murder in a Small Town: The Tragic Death of Stacey Burns.

Since I’ve been told (way too often) that the investigation into Stacey’s murder is active and ongoing and any steps I might take to uncover anything new might interfere with that investigation, I am selecting sections of my book that speak more in generalities. Heaven forbid that anything I do might have a negative impact on this intense and active eight and a half year old investigation.

Chapter Two-A Prelude To Murder

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Conflicting reports about events of Saturday, May 9, 2009 abound, complicated by the fact that everything is in hindsight. On that day, no one was recording conversations; no one was listening for innuendos that may be precursors to a murder; no one was thinking that tomorrow morning when I wake up, my mother or my best friend or my sister or my daughter will be dead. People were simply living their lives, not absorbing details to reconstruct the next day.

“Hindsight is always 20-20.” This cliché, like so many others, is a fallacy. While perspective can change because the knowledge of what happened yesterday is known, expecting hindsight to be accurate is as foolish as expecting memory to be accurate. As with every tragedy, the day of the murder of Stacey Burns has everyone involved scrambling to remember the day before. It is as though enough searching for answers in the day before could perhaps change the outcome of the event. Obviously, this is not the case; however, even if the event cannot be changed, maybe in-depth searching of the day before can provide answers to some extremely difficult questions. In the Stacey Burns murder case, the events of Saturday only complicate the issue further.

Have a good weekend.

Duke

 

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