Duke Southard

Author, Educator, Lecturer

Duke Southard

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

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

Two Killers

This will be a brief post, followed by another tomorrow regarding those pesky ice dams referred to in the last post.

My question- is it safe to assume that the murderers of Stacey Burns and Bobbie Miller had gotten away with murder?

I ask that quite innocently because based on the circumstances (small towns, limited suspects) eleven years seems an inordinate amount of time to pass after the crimes were committed.

 

 

A New Start

I am no longer writing for the Pro Writers Writing (PPW) blog so am going to try to resurrect this blog with some regularity. I know some of the followers are shaking their heads and saying that this is a story they have heard before, but I promise to do my best.

The topics will be wide ranging, but will still include commentary on the Stacey Burns murder.

For those who have wondered and not seen any announcements, my sixth novel (not a Detective Parker Havenot story) came out in May, but without an official launch due to the Covid… Continue reading

A new suspect?

Within the last week or so, I’ve heard that there is a completely new “person of interest” in the Stacey Burns murder case. Has anyone else living in the area heard that?

And another brief question-Does anyone (besides me) wonder why the detective now assigned to the Stacy Burns murder wouldn’t be interviewing a crucial witness in the case again? Sorry for sounding like the proverbial broken record, but if this is, as I was told, an ongoing investigation and not a cold case, wouldn’t it make sense to talk with people close to the case again.

Wouldn’t it be… Continue reading

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