Duke Southard

Author, Educator, Lecturer

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Tainted Justice-New Book

Tainted Justice, my newest novel, is now available on Amazon and other retail sources in paperback and e-book formats. See the book tab at the top of the page for a direct link to it on Amazon.

Revisiting “Murder in a Small Town: The Tragic Death of Stacey Burns”

I have removed the manuscript of “Murder in a Small Town” from the desk drawer where it has resided since it seemed hopeless that the Arrest/Trial/Convictions chapters would ever be written.
I’ve begun sharing it with my Green Valley Writers Forum group. They are quite interested in it. I started at the beginning-Friday of the Mothers Day weekend when Stacey Burns was murdered.
Why would I do this? Probably because this unsolved atrocity and all the information I gathered is alway lurking just beneath the surface of my mind, and resurfaces at regular intervals. This Thursday, I’ll be reading to… Continue reading

New Book-Tainted Justice

My new book, Tainted Justice,  is now available on Amazon and other retail outlets. Ebook version will be available soon. This is my tenth published book since “retiring” from public education.

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

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