Duke Southard

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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 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

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

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!

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

 

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

I’m Back

This will be brief. After a long time, my glitches with this blog and various other delays that resulted in not posting for quite a while are solved.

In the next post I’ll be addressing the progress or lack thereof in the Stacey Burns murder case along with some advice from other writers who have written true crime books. (and published them since the crimes have been solved)

I hope you all will forgive the absence and come back to following this blog.

Duke

What A Trip!

Recently back from a great trip-drove over 6600 miles round trip to a great family vacation/celebration of our upcoming (September) 60th wedding anniversary in Deep Creek, Maryland and visits to friends in New Jersey, New Hampshire, and Barb’s brother in Connecticut.

A total of twenty-six days on the road with some stops along the way- not bad for a pair of oldsters and our little blind doggie!

None of the following offset the joy of seeing so many people we love and cherish, but we did, of course, run into a few of our pet peeves about automobile travel. For… Continue reading

Been a while . . .

It’s been a while since I’ve posted on this blog so I should catch you all up to date.

First, as any regular reader knows, the category of Murder in a Small Town is active but nothing new from my point of view will be posted there unless something new happens in the Stacey Burns murder case. I’ve heard that a full time NHSP detective has been assigned to the case, so I’m sure all the pertinent people in Wolfeboro are being interviewed again as we speak, no doubt leaving no stone unturned, as they say. Likely, as I heard… Continue reading

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