Duke Southard

Author, Educator, Lecturer

Duke Southard

Author of two novels, one memoir and one nonfiction commissioned history Born in New Jersey, lived in New Hampshire for forty years, then moved to Arizona full time in 2009 Current president of the Santa Cruz Valley Chapter of the Society of Southwestern Authors Public school educator for thirty five years.

TEN YEARS!!

Okay, is anyone out there happy with the fact that Stacey Burns was stabbed to death in the quaint little New England town of Wolfeboro, New Hampshire in May of 2009–TEN YEARS AGO?

Next question- is anyone out there happy with the fact that the killer remains at large after TEN YEARS!

In just a couple of months, Stacey Burns will be gone for TEN YEARS!

This is a small town crime with limited suspects and scenarios. My goodness, to my way of thinking, this is an unbelievable and absolutely tragic turn of events.

TEN YEARS! Think about it. How… Continue reading

New Blog Site

On March 18, a new blog site for writers and readers will debut at www.ProWritersWriting.com. It will feature six regular indie writers as contributors and numerous other writers on an occasional basis. My regular posts will be on Tuesdays beginning on March 19th.

I sure you will enjoy the variety and talent of all the contributors. Just go the website mentioned above and subscribe (it’s free with no obligation) and join the fun of hearing from some outstanding authors!

This blog obviously will continue. The next post here will return to the state of the murder investigation of Stacey Burns.

Thanks!

Duke

The Parker Havenot Series

As a change of pace, this post will not deal with the still unsolved murder of Stacey Burns. (Eighty two days to the tenth anniversary of that barbaric crime-are we any closer to an arrest? By the way, is anyone planning on making the tenth anniversary special by demanding information on where this investigation stands?)

Anyway, on Saturday I led a two hour workshop for the Society of Southwestern Authors on the subject of developing and sustaining a series in the novel format. With over twenty writers in attendance, the discussion was lively and varied. I used the four novels… Continue reading

Does Anyone Care?

Okay, I’m taking a huge risk here, but I have to ask these questions and then I’ll answer them personally if you will bear with me.

  1. Is there a time limit when human beings finally say enough is enough?
  2. When does one finally say, “it is time to move on?”
  3. Is Stacey Burns gradually disappearing in the rear view mirror in the lives of those who knew her so well?

I ask this not to be hurtful but to be realistic. Our son died in 1992 at the age of twenty nine. The devastation of his loss does not got… Continue reading

Eleven Suspects

Some of this you’ve heard before but it may bear repeating. While going through my notes taken from interviews, comments to this blog, phone calls and emails, I found the names of eleven possible suspects in the murder of Stacey Burns. Several of them I have specifically mentioned to the police and asked if they would do a follow up of some sort, even if it was only a phone call.

Is it safe to assume that all eleven have been cleared after nine and a half years? If not, have any that are questionable been reinterviewed?

How are plans… Continue reading

May 11, 2019

Putting on my novelist hat, I’ll ask a “what if” question, the kind of question that keeps a story rolling.

What if, on Saturday, May 11, 2019, one day after Stacey Burns will have been dead for ten years, a venue was available for all law enforcement personnel who have ever worked on Stacey’s murder case to come together and provide the general public with whatever information they have gathered up to the day of the tenth anniversary. This would include everyone from the first lead detective, Steve Rowland, to folks from the N.H. Attorney General’s Office, to local authorities,… Continue reading

Votes Are In!

If anyone reads the comments to the original posts on this blog, you are aware that just a few people responded to my previous question about the murderer of Stacey Burns being arrested before the tenth anniversary of her killing on May 10, 2009.

The few who responded were in agreement. No, the killer will not be arrested by then, although each hoped he/she was wrong.

Also, a couple of people responded about being willing to help organize an anniversary “March for Information” on or around the May date of her murder. I also had this response to a mid-December… Continue reading

Not Gaining Traction?

My last post was a musing about whether the idea of a public demonstration asking for any sort of information on the murder of Stacey Burns from the official authorities would work. The second part of that musing was wondering if such a movement could “gain traction” in the town of Wolfeboro and surrounding areas over the next few months as we approach the tenth anniversary of the murder.

Only one person commented on the last post, and that person appears convinced that the name of Stacey’s killer will be revealed before that sad anniversary. I’d be curious to hear… Continue reading

Gain Traction?

What follows is another comment from a previous post regarding the possibility of some sort of action to be taken as the tenth anniversary of the murder of Stacey Burns approaches in just a few months. I personally would love to see this idea gain some traction in the Wolfeboro area. In spite of the official claims that this case is “active” it seems as if nothing much is happening right now. Once again, if anyone knows that something real is happening, then please speak up. I say “something real” because it is a farce to continually say “cases like… Continue reading

Merry Christmas and a “Must Read”

FIrst, I wish all of my readers, followers, and everyone else a Merry Christmas and a Happy and prosperous 2019! May you all be blessed with good health and happiness!

Second, you must read a comment on my last post regarding a Wolfeboro Town Hall type of event with all the VIP’s in the Stacey Burns murder case invited. The person who commented seems willing to get such an event started. Of course, there would be a tremendous amount of work to be done and shared, but that is a given.

My thanks to the person who submitted the following… Continue reading

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