We’ve all experienced the joy of watching people pursue a cause they believe in with dedication and passion. In the time I’ve worked on Murder in a Small Town: The Tragic Death of Stacey Burns, I have met or corresponded with many people who have pursued justice for Stacey and some degree of closure for her family and friends.
In good conscience, I can not ignore this passionate pursuit by so many. This is the reason that I am raising questions that are not necessarily in the mainstream of thinking about the case. If someone cares enough to take the time and effort to write or call, he or she deserves to at least have any questions brought to light, no matter how seemingly outrageous they may be.
The previous blog post regarding the DNA sample was entirely mine. I will stand by that until someone in authority tells me that it is not true simply because I believe my source is credible. Here is a question that is not new but has been asked enough times and with sufficient passion to deserve mention.
Could the killer of Stacey Burns have been a woman? Of course, once again, the police could dismiss this possibility as we can all be certain that they have eliminated all women by virtue of alibi and the standard motive, means, and opportunity questions. So, investigators, could you answer this question and remove it out of the realm of speculation in the minds of those passionately pursuing the truth?
Part of the N.H. AG’S strategy is to never rule someone out ! I refer to Maura Murrys father, he was miles and hours away from her when she disappeared yet in 10 years Strelzin has seen the man’s wife die and watches him grow old and weak without clearing up the fact that he had nothing to do with her disappearence. Fred Murry lives under a cloud because the N.H. justice dept could care less. Maurra’s case is a cold case (not active and on going) yet even after sueing the state for the grand jury findings Fred Murry is treated like a criminal and considered a person of interest. Smoke and mirrors is how the N.H. justice dept continues to operate without ever being held accountable for little things like the needless deaths of Kathleen Dempsey and Mary lou Sale. (mudrered by a known killer after he was allowed to walk by N.H. justice dept) Once a year Strelzin has to slither out from under his rock and say one sentence about the case, thats all we will ever get from this snake.
My distrust for this justice dept started on the Wednesday after the murder when I sat down with the polygraph examiner. We chatted for an hour about everything from where he was born to my love of aviation before he even mentioned the test. He then explained the equipment and how it worked, we were in a 10 by 10 room in the corner of the basement of the State police headquarters in Concord. He told me to take a break and when he returned we would do the test. Before he wired me up he wanted to do a pratice run ? he then asked me 5 questions that he said had to be answered “NO”. 4 of the questions were about the murder like “did you have anything to do with murdering Stacey Burns” but one question, I think it was the 4th one was “have you ever tried to decieve law enforcement” ! the first time he went through the questions when he got to #4 I replied “yes”. He calmly said “what do you mean ?,yes” I told him I’m just sure I have before, like, “how fast were you going ?” like that. He, again calmly said,”Mr. Vittum; if you can’t remember a spicific time that you purposefully tried to decieve L.E. you must answer the question with a NO.” I looked at him and thought to myself, thats different, he’s telling me how to answer a lie detector,whatever. So he goes through the questions again and again when he got to #4 I said w/a smile “YES”. Well, this soft spoken professional man I had spent 2 hours with came un-glued, he stood up quickly,got in my face and yelled at me “do you want to help or not !!?” I was freekin terrified and said “yes I want to help” so he went through the questions again, I answered all his questions “no”. He then strapped me in and did the test. After the test he told me to go get something to eat and he’d come get me in 20 mins.(the cafe is right there next to the polygraph room) when he came out to get me he was a different man,cold and agrivated, remember this guy was my best pal for 3 hours before now. He points me to the chair but he remained standing, Then he told me “you killed that girl”. He went through a theory that included much of my story but added his or I should say their spinn, I listened to his B.S. and looked up and said “I guess I do need a lawyer”. I no more than got the word lawyer out of my mouth when he threw up his hands and said “we’re done here”. So I asked him “are you for real” and he stood there silent. I said do I get a copy of your test ? he just pointed to the graph which ment nothing to me but I could see red lines and judging by his demeanor I figured I didn’t do so well. After researching pollygraphs I now know what that whole thing was about. They had gotten everything they needed from me and wanted to freak me out so I would just go away. They then followed my every move from then till the funeral, 4 days they were in my mirror every where I went. No detective has come to see me sinse. I have gone to see them and been treated like shit but they have no interest in ever talking to me again. So if I sound angry at these worthless,over-paid assholes, I am.
I beleive a motive of jealousy not of passion