Duke Southard

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A Broken Record re: Stacey Burns?

How could I use an ancient technology like the old vinyl records? What was a broken record, anyway?

It was one that contained at least one scratch which would cause the phonograph needle to skip back and replay a portion of the song over and over.

If one were to look back over the years I’ve been writing for this blog, mostly about the Stacey Burns murder, I must sound like that proverbial broken record. There is a theme that reappears over and over again. I have asked many, many times for anyone to explain to me what “ongoing investigation” means.

I have not had a satisfactory answer yet. Does it mean someone works on a case a little bit every day? Can it be ongoing if no one works on it for a week, or a month, or a year?

Is it ongoing if principal, key people in the original investigation have not been interviewed again in years?

How much time does the detective now assigned to the Stacey Burns murder case spend on it? Is it a forty hour work week? Does perusing the murder book every few weeks count as ongoing? Does waiting by the phone for a tip to roll in count? Does talking to fellow detectives fulfill the definition?

I’m not trying to be a smart guy here. It just seems as though the family and friends might be getting a trifle tired,maybe even exhausted, by this ten year, six month ongoing investigation. I can’t be the only one who would like to have some sort of explanation.

Have a good day!



2 Responses to A Broken Record re: Stacey Burns?

  • Mary Darling, senior says:

    Sir Duke,

    I hear your frustration and disappointment with the law enforcement agencies. I hear your wanting to lay down the mantel of caring. I have read your concern over the years. I have listened to your doubts. My answer and support has always been: stay the course. Stacey needs you. And she needs us supporting you. Who else does she have? Her family with broken hearts have tried to move on with their lives. They limp into their tomorrows. But you continue to carry her heavy banner. And you will succeed. Her murderer will be found, prosecuted and sentenced and justice will be served. You were given the strength and courage and honor to continue.

  • Gwen Meier says:

    I agree, Mary. My question is: how can Duke’s blog points become the burr under the saddle for the detectives and police who are in a position to actively pursue this? Is there anyway we can help?

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