To the readers of this blog, now 425 posts into it:
You tell me. When is it time to face the fact that you are not making any difference in the Stacey Burns murder case?
Please don’t interpret the following as a “poor me” complaint but facts are facts and those facts must be addressed at some point.
Here are the facts: Six years later, after uncountable hours of interviews, substantial expenditures in travel expenses with no reimbursement, and encountering an astounding lack of interest or cooperation from law enforcement, I am ready to pass along a manuscript of 150 + pages, hundreds of pages of notes and emails, and a desire for someone to bring this case to a conclusion.
The last six weeks have been especially frustrating. A possible new and reliable source of information contacted me and the police as well. With a promise of “follow-up” to the information provided, I had some hope that someone was caring. To date, unless my information is incorrect (and please let that be so) the follow-up has not occurred nor has anything else happened to provide even a glimmer of hope. What does not matter is the fact that maybe this source(s) had nothing to offer. What matters is that the possibility, however slim, exists that there could be a tiny bit of truth in the story. Is there anything to lose by following up?
My writing over the last 18 years has established my credentials. I’m not a loose cannon on the fringe of credibility. Everything I have learned I have made available to the police should they be interested. Their lack of interest has, to me, been disappointing and deflating.
I’ve given this sad and tragic story everything I know how to do. Anyone out there want to take up where I am leaving off??
The only quitters are the New Hampshire AG,s Office and the Special Crimes Homicide Unit.
Please do not give up. You are needed. I will still help where possible.Cheers, Fred
I know how you feel. Duke Sometimes, discretion is the better part of valor. You have done all you can at this point. Can you set it aside and let time and tide take their course? Not quit–just put is on the back burner. Give your kind soul a rest.
Thank you, Marilyn! So good to hear from you!
I hope you don’t give up. It seems to me that your writings are the only thing keeping it all in the forefront. I do understand however that you have to do what’s good for you. I agree with Marilyn. You are a kind man. Thank you for all you do.
Duke – of the many challenges and difficulties of this life, perhaps the most difficult is not knowing why. Why do people murder? Why do we lose loved ones that we had a full life envisioned? Why do evil people prosper? Why is love not reciprocated? Why, when we mean well, are we disliked? I have thought long and hard about your latest post and in my heart of hearts, I can say this with conviction: The person or persons with Stacey’s blood on their hands may not be brought to justice in this life-time but there is no doubt that he or she will face the one and only judge who will not require a jury to decide their punishment. This may be one of the “why’s” that will not be answered to our human satisfaction. You are Stacey’s most loyal advocate. At the end of the day, I hope you find peace knowing this. It may be time to let go and let God.
It so very sad that Stacy’s children may never know the truth about who and why, Duke you sure have tried, perhaps it is time to at least take a brake and put it fully in the hands of our Lord. I can not believe this terrible crime will go unpunished. I will continue to pray for justice for Stacy. You are a kind man, this world could use many more of you.
Can’t say I’m surprised; could see it coming. The authorities and the murderer(s) will be happy to see you go. Although you never accepted my interpretation of the conspiracy theory angle, I was happy you were keeping it alive. Like Tim Robbins character “Andy” in the movie Shawshank Redemption, once hope is gone…
If someone on this blog has information about the killer that the police are not following up on because of possible cover up/involvement – then what is the next step? How about the FBI? How about contacting 20/20 with this information. It is not Duke’s responsibility to find the killer. If anyone is giving up it’s the person or persons with information specifically regarding who could have killed Stacey and why. If the locals won’t listen, then you keep going until someone will. Does someone on this blog have a name or names of who they believe is guilty of this crime? If you do, then why not post it here? Give this information to the people. Give it POWER.
From the horrific moment forward, tunnel vision set in and this CRIME OF PASSION focused on only 2 suspects. But the manner and timing of the murder point to a third person, a woman.
Unfortunately, this means digging into the more sordid (and “covered-up”) details of the victim’s life, something nobody seems to want to do.