Duke Southard

Author, Educator, Lecturer

From Chapter Two: A Prelude to Murder

It has been about three weeks since I sent the sample of Murder in a Small Town to Mr. Jefferey Streltzin, the homicide prosecutor for the NH Attorney General’s Office. Since I haven’t heard anything, I can assume he’s been too busy to read it, or it held no new information.

I am preparing another portion of the book to send him. Here is the first paragraph of that section, taken from Chapter Two: A Prelude to Murder.

                  “Hindsight is always 20-20.” This cliché, like so many others, is a fallacy. While perspective can change because the knowledge of what happened yesterday is known, expecting hindsight to be accurate is as foolish as expecting memory to be accurate. As with every tragedy, the day of the murder of Stacey Burns has everyone involved scrambling to remember the day before. It is as though enough searching for answers in the day before could perhaps change the outcome of the event. Obviously, this is not the case; however, even if the event cannot be changed, maybe in-depth searching of the day before can provide answers to some extremely difficult questions. In the Stacey Burns murder case, the events of Saturday only complicate the issue further.

The chapter chronicles the day before Stacey Burns died. It is pieced together from many conversations with many different people, each with a different perspective. I’ll let you know if the prosecutor thinks there may be something worthwhile in this chapter.

Duke

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