Duke Southard

Author, Educator, Lecturer

Definition of Active

In June of 2013, I published a blog post here with my definition of the word, ACTIVE, as it applies to a murder investigation. In retrospect, it seems a bit harsh for the time. The reality is that seven years years had passed when in April of this year, a NHSP detective again used the word active to describe the Stacey Burns murder.  Is it a fair question to ask if my definition of active in 2013 is still viable today? Here is my definition back then. Readers may judge if it remains accurate.

June 2, 2013: “Active, in… Continue reading

Stacey Burns-Progress?

In my last post, I mentioned I would use this post to update readers on Murder in a Small Town: The Tragic Death of Stacey Burns. This will be a short post!

On April 6 of this year, I spoke with the detective who is currently working on the murder case of Stacey Burns about a tip I sent to the New Hampshire State Police in May of 2017. At the time I sent that tip to them, I thought it had some merit and thought for sure it should be followed up. (I still feel that way.)… Continue reading

The Ice Dam-Conclusion

Here is how our first ice dam story concluded. The experience was a harbinger of future ice dams in a new house we occupied for almost forty years in New Hampshire.

With temperatures stuck in the low twenties and a light mist of freezing rain falling, we managed to drag the ladder and raise it up to the offending roof and the ominous ice dam overhanging the eave. I ascended the ladder, facing my first ice dam with a mixture of determination, nervousness, and intense physical discomfort from the cold. Our landlord was correct. Almost a foot of ice blocked… Continue reading

The Ice Dam

A work in progress for me is a series of short stories/vignettes about our move from New Jersey to New Hampshire in 1970. My new teaching job started in January in one of the snowiest, coldest winters and it surely was the snowiest, coldest we had ever experienced, coming from New Jersey. I called it a baptism of fire but in reality it was a baptism of ice. One of the first trials was an ice dam in an old rental house.

Here are some excerpts from that short piece. Most who have lived in central New Hampshire will recognize… Continue reading

Two Killers

This will be a brief post, followed by another tomorrow regarding those pesky ice dams referred to in the last post.

My question- is it safe to assume that the murderers of Stacey Burns and Bobbie Miller had gotten away with murder?

I ask that quite innocently because based on the circumstances (small towns, limited suspects) eleven years seems an inordinate amount of time to pass after the crimes were committed.



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

A new suspect?

Within the last week or so, I’ve heard that there is a completely new “person of interest” in the Stacey Burns murder case. Has anyone else living in the area heard that?

And another brief question-Does anyone (besides me) wonder why the detective now assigned to the Stacy Burns murder wouldn’t be interviewing a crucial witness in the case again? Sorry for sounding like the proverbial broken record, but if this is, as I was told, an ongoing investigation and not a cold case, wouldn’t it make sense to talk with people close to the case again.

Wouldn’t it be… 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

Where I’ve Been (Stacey Burns murder)

Some folks have wondered if, when I stopped writing on this blog about the murder of Stacey Burns, I had lost interest. Those who know me are aware that this is not the case. In fact, as recently as April, I had a conversation with the detective currently working on the case about tips I had sent to the New Hampshire State Police.

I’ve experienced the same frustration many of you have with the lack of an arrest or the lack of any information telling of progress on the case.

I’ll admit to making a few mistakes when I thought… 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

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