Duke Southard

Author, Educator, Lecturer

Revisiting “Murder in a Small Town: The Tragic Death of Stacey Burns”

I have removed the manuscript of “Murder in a Small Town” from the desk drawer where it has resided since it seemed hopeless that the Arrest/Trial/Convictions chapters would ever be written.
I’ve begun sharing it with my Green Valley Writers Forum group. They are quite interested in it. I started at the beginning-Friday of the Mothers Day weekend when Stacey Burns was murdered.
Why would I do this? Probably because this unsolved atrocity and all the information I gathered is alway lurking just beneath the surface of my mind, and resurfaces at regular intervals. This Thursday, I’ll be reading to… Continue reading

Stacey Burns-Approaching 5000 Days

I know it has been a long time since I posted here about Stacey Burns, but it doesn’t mean I haven’t thought about that terrible tragedy often as have many of you, I’m sure.

It will soon be 5000 days since she was killed. I wonder how her killer views the approach of the that landmark since he stabbed a woman twenty-seven times, leaving her bloodied body entangled in a sheet at the side of her bed?

As he/she walks free, does the thought of the horror visited on her family that night ever creep in to that killer’s twisted… Continue reading

New Book-Tainted Justice

My new book, Tainted Justice,  is now available on Amazon and other retail outlets. Ebook version will be available soon. This is my tenth published book since “retiring” from public education.

The Eight Party Line plus A Stacey Burns Response

Apparently, at least one other person, maybe two or three more, were interviewed in the spring by the detective working the Stacey Burns active (cold case) investigation. That would be about the same time I spoke with that same detective. Maybe there is some hope this terrible crime will be solved during the lifetime of people who lived through that ordeal as friends and family of Stacey. Can you imagine how many new cases are now in process in the eleven and and a half years since her murder?  I am still interested in hearing from anyone else who… Continue reading

A Short Story

This will be a change of pace but first a report on the “alibis” post of a week ago. I ‘ve heard from one person regarding the “ongoing investigation” into the murder of Stacey Burns. A good friend (perhaps best?) of Stacey says she’s been contacted once by phone since 2009. Has anyone else close to that original investigation been contacted? If not, then I guess it is not very active, is it?

The change of pace? I thought I’d share the opening of a short story I’ve written and submitted to numerous print and on-line magazines. It is based… Continue reading

Alibis Revisited

In reading through what I’ve written on Murder in a Small Town: The Tragic Death of Stacey Burns, I came across the chapter on alibis.  Here is the opening paragraph.

Chapter Thirteen (page 114)

“An earlier chapter of this book addressed the issue of “degrees of truth.” The concern raised in that section involved the fact that any human beings, whether eye-witness (primary) or hear-say witness (secondary), bring to an event a predetermined and unconscious mindset which colors their perception. Without any coaching on my part, friends of Stacey Burns indicated during their interviews that everyone had… Continue reading

Definition of Active

In June of 2013, I published a blog post here with my definition of the word, ACTIVE, as it applies to a murder investigation. In retrospect, it seems a bit harsh for the time. The reality is that seven years years had passed when in April of this year, a NHSP detective again used the word active to describe the Stacey Burns murder.  Is it a fair question to ask if my definition of active in 2013 is still viable today? Here is my definition back then. Readers may judge if it remains accurate.

June 2, 2013: “Active, in… Continue reading

Stacey Burns-Progress?

In my last post, I mentioned I would use this post to update readers on Murder in a Small Town: The Tragic Death of Stacey Burns. This will be a short post!

On April 6 of this year, I spoke with the detective who is currently working on the murder case of Stacey Burns about a tip I sent to the New Hampshire State Police in May of 2017. At the time I sent that tip to them, I thought it had some merit and thought for sure it should be followed up. (I still feel that way.)… Continue reading

The Ice Dam-Conclusion

Here is how our first ice dam story concluded. The experience was a harbinger of future ice dams in a new house we occupied for almost forty years in New Hampshire.

With temperatures stuck in the low twenties and a light mist of freezing rain falling, we managed to drag the ladder and raise it up to the offending roof and the ominous ice dam overhanging the eave. I ascended the ladder, facing my first ice dam with a mixture of determination, nervousness, and intense physical discomfort from the cold. Our landlord was correct. Almost a foot of ice blocked… Continue reading

The Ice Dam

A work in progress for me is a series of short stories/vignettes about our move from New Jersey to New Hampshire in 1970. My new teaching job started in January in one of the snowiest, coldest winters and it surely was the snowiest, coldest we had ever experienced, coming from New Jersey. I called it a baptism of fire but in reality it was a baptism of ice. One of the first trials was an ice dam in an old rental house.

Here are some excerpts from that short piece. Most who have lived in central New Hampshire will recognize… Continue reading

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