When will the Stacey Burns murder reach a final tipping point?
On Saturday, we officially launched my new book, The Final Tipping Point. As I was once again perusing my murder book with material I’ve gathered on the Stacey Burns case, I thought about the central theme of the book and its relationship to that case.
Most human beings come to times in their lives when crucial decisions are made, sending them in certain directions. This happens to characters in the book. Call them whatever you might–watershed moments, turning points, or maybe tipping points. I’m wondering when a crucial “character” in the Stacey Burns story will reach his or her tipping point and realize that it’s time for the truth to be told. In my book, conscience plays an important role in the transformation, but maybe the crucial player in the Stacey Burns murder doesn’t have a conscience. So how will the tipping point occur?
In my opinion, that tipping point may have to come from outside pressures instead of internal guilt. Someone beside the Stacey’s killer knows who the killer is. If the murderer doesn’t have the courage to face a tipping point, maybe others can force him/her to relent.
The obvious problem with this is that facing a tipping point requires the kind of individual fortitude that has been sadly lacking for going on ten years. I’d love to see someone in the Stacey Burns case show the kind of courage exhibited in my fictional story. I won’t be holding my breath for that to happen.