Duke Southard

Author, Educator, Lecturer

PI’s and truth

Have not heard back from “John” the private investigator who called me last week . . .His message was garbled on my machine so I missed his number to call back. He sounded as though he really wanted to speak with me so if anyone knows a PI in New Hampshire who is looking for me, please send him my way.

“Three may keep a secret if two of them are dead,” says Ben Franklin. I believe something similar may be said of getting at the truth. Two people can have a differing perspective on a particular event that only they shared but if one them is dead, the truth rests with the one surviving. I have found this to be an extremely unsettling aspect of my work on Murder in a Small Town: The Tragic Death of Stacey Burns, especially as I work on the revisions. In attempting to give Stacey Burns a voice, I regularly use her versions of events as she related them to others. This is the only way I can do this since she has no voice otherwise. The issues arise when her voice conflicts with the perspective of other people. It is so sad that she is not able to speak for herself.

The truth rests with the one surviving. One can only hope that the surviving one has the courage to speak the truth.

Duke

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