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.

Any Followers Out There?

My last post (after an extended absence) received two comments, despite having the Stacey Burns murder mentioned on the title. Both responses are writing colleagues of mine.

I’m curious as to why this is the case.

I am trying to resurrect interest in this blog and would love to hear from former followers what you would like to see here. I’m open to any suggestions.

Dare we revisit years worth of posts about the Stacey Burn case? Could anything new be uncovered by doing so?

Would you like to hear how it feels to be eighty years old? (birthday was… Continue reading

Where I’ve Been (Stacey Burns murder)

Some folks have wondered if, when I stopped writing on this blog about the murder of Stacey Burns, I had lost interest. Those who know me are aware that this is not the case. In fact, as recently as April, I had a conversation with the detective currently working on the case about tips I had sent to the New Hampshire State Police.

I’ve experienced the same frustration many of you have with the lack of an arrest or the lack of any information telling of progress on the case.

I’ll admit to making a few mistakes when I thought… Continue reading

Making Teresa Disappear

One subplot of my new book features the philosophical argument raised by Thorton Wilder in his Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Bridge of San Luis Rey. Do we live by accident and die by accident, or do we live by plan and die by plan? The blurb on the jacket describes it this way. “When seventeen-year-old Jill Hanson and two of her friends witness a fatal pedestrian accident, Jill sets out to prove that the victim was predestined to suffer that fate.”

Jill has another opportunity to investigate her theory when a teacher in her high school is… Continue reading

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to All!

May the year 2020 bring you health, happiness, and prosperity!

One of my resolutions is to be better about keeping this blog more timely. As some know, I write a weekly post on the Pro Writers Writing blog as well You can read it st http://prowriterswriting.com.

This blog will continue to focus on anything new in the New Hampshire murders of Stacey Burns and Bobbie Miller. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if this was finally the year the police actually arrested someone for those crimes?

I expect this year will see my sixth novel published and… Continue reading

Happy New Year!

To all the followers of this blog:

I wish everyone a healthy, happy, and prosperous New Year!

May you all find peace  and happiness in the years ahead.

May this be the year that Stacey Burns, Bobbie Miller, and all other victims of unsolved murders finally can rest in peace with their cowardly killers put away.

My best wishes to all!

Duke

 

Bobbie MIller-A Good Question!

I was recently asked via this blog what I thought of the Roberta Miller murder, yet another unsolved case in the HUGE state of New Hampshire.  my answer was as follows:

I know very little about the Bobbie Miller murder, other than my wife worked with her, really liked her, and I met her on a number of occasions. (mostly picking up eggs at her home)
I truly have no thoughts other than to say that it seems to me in small town rural New Hampshire, the NHSP should be able to solve at least one of these cases.… Continue reading

Chastised

A comment to my last post about lost followers took me to task in a not so subtle way.

“You left and said you were done” was the answer to why I had lost followers on this blog.

The person who commented is correct. In late April, I wrote that as of May 10, 2019, the category of Murder in a Small Town would be discontinued. but that all archived posts could still be accessed.

In a few previous posts to that one I had alluded to the fact that it was pointless to keep repeating the same basic issues… Continue reading

Lost Followers

The lack of response to the last few Stacey Burns/Bobbie Miller posts on this blog has left me a bit puzzled.

I wonder which of the following conclusions might be drawn from this phenomenon.

  1. A period of infrequent postings due to a variety of reasons have led followers to drop off.
  2. The period of time since these crimes were committed has finally pushed them into “get over and move on” stage with some folks.
  3. The lack of any new information has discouraged and disheartened people to the point that some feel it is a useless, futile effort to continue to… Continue reading

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”… Continue reading

Stacey and Bobbie- Ever Solved?

I guess I have one immediate question for anyone who might be interested.

Do you honestly believe the murders of Bobbie Miller and Stacey Burns will ever be solved?

And a follow-up question . . .Will they be one of those that twenty or thirty years down the road, someone finally says or does something that turns the case around or some DNA shows up that was missed?

Over eight years ago, when I began writing Murder in a Small Town, I was certain that the Stacey Burns murder would be solved within weeks, if not days.

I’ll admit to… Continue reading

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