Duke Southard

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Hindsight-20/20? No!

This is a paragraph from Chapter Two: A Prelude to Murder- Saturday, May 9, 2009 of Murder in a Small Town: The Tragic Death of Stacey Burns.

“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 searching for answers in the day before could somehow 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.

As the years pass, hindsight and memory become less and less accurate. That is a fact of life and it is human nature.


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