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.

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

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

A Stacey Burns Paragraph per Post?

A professional writer on a blog where I have a regular posting every Tuesday (you can find it at http://Prowriterswriting.com) is if the opinion that I should publish everything I’ve written about the Stacey Burns murder thus far, even though there had not been an arrest at this time.

His reasoning is quite convincing. New information could be published later if desired. Why not share what you have at this point and maybe it will shake loose something important on the case. I am struggling with the concept of publishing before the story is finished (not a new struggle as… Continue reading

Nothing New, Right?

Since my new novel ( a work in progress) has a fledgling writer who is trying to write a true crime book as its protagonist, I thought I’d reprise a post from this blog published just about a month ago. This is it.

The last I heard re: the Stacey Burns murder investigation was that a NHSP detective had been assigned to the case full time. I’m not sure if this information is correct, but if it is, I wonder how his work is proceeding.

I’m sure many, many people have been interviewed again and every scrap of evidence is… Continue reading

How’s that investigation going?

I haven’t posted since the end of May on this blog. I post regularly on a writers’ blog (http://prowriterswriting.com) if anyone is interested. My post appears every Tuesday.

The last I heard re: the Stacey Burns murder investigation was that a NHSP detective had been assigned to the case full time. I’m not sure if this information is correct, but if it is, I wonder how his work is proceeding.

I’m sure many, many people have been interviewed again and every scrap of evidence is being reexamined.

Any of those many, many people care to comment about the latest contact… Continue reading


 First, my apologies- I said this blog was finished with the Stacey Burns murder as of the TENTH anniversary of her death. I leave it up to you folks in Wolfeboro to have your annual memorials and runs and walks and whatever else. I’m sure there will be others on the eleventh anniversary and the twelfth and thirteenth etc. etc..  . However, I received a message about a tip sent to the NHSP regarding the Stacey Burns murder that spurred me to respond. The tip was not new to me. Here is my response.

I was told this… Continue reading

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