Welcome! I’m Duke Southard, an author, retired educator, and lecturer.

I have published seven novels, a commissioned history, and an anthology of
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Recent Posts

Right to Know Result

As of today's mail, I received the official response from my Right-to-Know request for the Stacey Burns murder case from the Department of Safety, State of New Hampshire. As expected, the response produces nothing and is useless for my purposes and the purposes of the...

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Good questions!

Today I received a comment on a post of a couple weeks ago regarding my RIght to Know request for information about the Stacey Burns murder. The questions raised in this comment are part of my reason for making the request. I thank that commenter for spelling out such...

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Right to Know? Likely Not

My last post explained my request under New Hampshire RSA 91-A to obtain "records of reports, interviews, and other pertinent materials related to the investigation of the murder of Stacey Burns on May 10, 2009 in Wolfeboro, N.H. between the dates of May 10, 2009-May...

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Right To Know Request In Stacey Burns Murder

On June 24, 2023, I posted "an open letter" to New Hampshire Law Enforcement asking just two basic questions about the Stacey Burns murder case, now fourteen years ago. In brief summary, here they are. 1. After fourteen years of investigation in the Stacey Burns...

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665 Total Posts-Stacey Burns =400+

This blog has 665 posts with about twice that many comments. Over 400 of these posts deal with the ongoing (if it could be called that) murder investigation of the murder of Stacey Burns in May, 2009. I thought it might be interesting to revisit some of those original...

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An Open Letter To New Hampshire Law Enforcement

As I mentioned before in this blog, I have no standing with any division of law enforcement in the state of New Hampshire. I don't even live in the state anymore. However, that fact does not preclude my asking a few questions as an interested citizen who lived in New...

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Back Again

After a great visit to see my granddaughter graduate from high school in Maryland, our 59 year friends in New Jersey, and our new great grandson, Henry, (six months old) in Indiana, I'm back to posting on my blog. I'll start with a brief one, a quote from an on-line...

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14th Anniversary! Post 5 in a series

Okay, New Hampshire State Police, Mr. Jeff Strelzin, and anyone else at all involved in the Stacey Burns murder case from fourteen years ago: Yes, it is fourteen years ago that Stacey was stabbed to death in her bedroom. Yes, for a long time, the general public was...

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The Stacey Burns Murder Case-post 4 of a series

Tomorrow is May 1, now just nine days to the dreadful fourteenth anniversary of the murder of Stacey Burns in 2009.I would love to include thoughts and comments on this blog from anyone I interviewed over the last 13 years. As most people know, my intent was to write...

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The Stacey Burns Murder Case-post 3 of a series

I've been kindly and deservedly chastised for failing to post on this blog since April 3rd. I need to work on my time schedule a bit! My apologies to fans out there!Now, a second apology-I allowed the 5000th day anniversary of Stacey's murder to pass without mention...

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The Stacey Burns Murder Case-post 2 of a series

Blissful ignorance? Here's a short selection from a chapter called "Sunday Morning-7:45-11:00" on page fifty-six of Murder in a Small Town: The Tragic Death of Stacey Burns (the first draft)"Living life in blissful ignorance can be a blessing of the highest order, and...

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The Stacey Burns Murder Case-post 1 of a series

This is the first official post on this blog with the newly revised and updated website. Check out www.dukesouthard.com for literally hundreds of posts and comments about the Stacey Burns murder, now coming up on fourteen years ago. (May 9/10, 2009)Some would rather I...

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