Duke Southard

Author, Educator, Lecturer

Murder In a Small Town

This blog deals specifically with my work on the book, Murder in a Small Town: The Tragic Death of Stacey Burns.

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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