Duke Southard

Author, Educator, Lecturer

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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

May 11, 2019

Putting on my novelist hat, I’ll ask a “what if” question, the kind of question that keeps a story rolling.

What if, on Saturday, May 11, 2019, one day after Stacey Burns will have been dead for ten years, a venue was available for all law enforcement personnel who have ever worked on Stacey’s murder case to come together and provide the general public with whatever information they have gathered up to the day of the tenth anniversary. This would include everyone from the first lead detective, Steve Rowland, to folks from the N.H. Attorney General’s Office, to local authorities,… Continue reading

WHAT IF

This a follow-up to the last post in which I wondered what would happen if anyone even remotely involved in the Stacey Burns murder, whether family, friend, acquaintance, community member, or someone who is simply interested in seeing justice done showed up one day asking for an update on the case.

Today, I’m asking the question novelists often use to ignite their inspiration for writing a scene. The question? It’s simple. What if? What if this character said this or did this or didn’t say this or didn’t do this? Sometimes, the answer to the question sends the story in… Continue reading

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