Duke Southard

Author, Educator, Lecturer

The Ninth Anniversary!

At the risk of being chastised again, I still feel the need to make a few observations on the upcoming ninth anniversary of the murder of Stacey Burns.  I appreciate the support some of my readers have shown for this blog and its mission.

For better or for worse, here are those observations gleaned from almost eight years of working with this subject. Notice, I didn’t say investigating because, as I’ve said often enough, I am not an “investigative reporter.” I am a writer who has been simply trying to find the truth.

  1. I’ve wondered how a case like this could go on so long. It’s a small town; there are a limited number of possible suspects.
  2. I’ve wondered where the “ongoing” case stands. Is it too much to expect that a police spokesperson might give the general public an update? Would this really interfere with or jeopardize this “ongoing” investigation? Watch the news-this is done all the time.
  3. I’ve wondered what ever happened to the information I’ve supplied to the police from people who have contacted me. I know there is no requirement that police let a person who shares such information know what happened. That doesn’t mean I can’t wonder about it.
  4. I’ve wondered if all eleven people who have been mentioned to me through interviews or other personal contact as potential suspects in the murder have been thoroughly investigated.[
  5. I’ve wondered how many people close to the case have been reinterviewed since the early days of the investigation. Is this fruitless now because so much time has passed, and the chance for memories to fade or be jaundiced makes such an activity worthless? (Don’t tell that to a true cold case detective.)
  6. I’ve wondered if, as some have said, the prosecutors in this case are the ones who are preventing it from coming to court. Is it indeed fear of letting a killer go free because “you only get one chance” which would seem a question of insufficient evidence, or is it simply a fear of losing a case which is certain to be high profile?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  This list could be much longer but it is enough for now. Does anyone else wonder about some of these same things or am I the only one?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I’m just so sorry that the family and friends of Stacey Burns must continue to deal with this, not that a resolution will being closure. That is a fallacy, but it may bring a little well-deserved peace of mind after all this time.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Okay, those who want me to be done with this- let me have it!


8 Responses to The Ninth Anniversary!

  • Bwolfe says:

    Please keep asking the questions until the case is solved. Person capable of this horrendous crime needs to be stopped.

  • Marcy Dow says:

    I read everyone of your posts on FB. It is admirable that you have tried for so long to have some sort of information be known. It seems ridiculous that this case can not be solved.
    Thank you for trying to help.

  • jimmyvittum says:

    Stacey just doesn’t matter. You would think ‘Carpenter school nurse’ might matter, or ‘mothersday’ might matter or mother of five “slaughtered” and found by kids would matter but the truth is none of it matters. But in Wolfsboro, let a dog shit on the floor or let an old white man say the “N” word and it matters bigly.

  • Lynn Ash says:

    I appreciate all you have done to keep this matter active. This case shpuld have been solved uears ago. I, too, wonder all of the above issues. Thank you Mr Southard.

  • Van says:

    Stay the course. Determination is a winner. Despite the rotten remarks thrown your way, Stay your course. The negative remarks you have received, means you hit the mark or pretty close to it. The high profile cases are often times solved quickly, but that’s politics. Stacey is a little fish. She needs you.

  • Jamie says:

    Thinking of Stacey today. Remembering her with a pink and green balloon at the end of the driveway in hopes that others remember too. It’s 11:14 a.m. At this time 9 years ago all hell was breaking loose on North Main Street. The kind of hell that affects your life forever.

  • Tammy Jones says:

    Please continue your blog. I love that you are keeping her memory in the forefront and looking for answers as we all are! Thank you!!!

  • Jennifer says:

    I think it is important to keep talking about Stacey and who killed her. It will come out one day! Duke Southard, you are to be commended for keeping this case up front.

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