Duke Southard

Author, Educator, Lecturer

Stacey and a Season of Hope

This is a quote from Chapter Nine (page 86) in Murder in a Small Town: The Tragic Death of Stacey Burns. The season mentioned was to be, by all accounts from friends of Stacey’s, a transforming time in her life, a new chapter that would free her from the suffocation of an unhappy marriage.

“Spring is a special season, especially in northern sections of New Hampshire. The cruel winter, with its frequent snow storms, its brutal, breathtaking cold, and its unforgiving light-deprived days, has finally passed. No wonder it is the season described by the poetic cliché, “hope springs eternal.”  Granted, in New Hampshire it brings with it the dreaded mud season but it is still the mud-luscious world of e.e.cummings. For Stacey Burns, the spring of 2007 became a turning point of hope as she began the long process of obtaining a divorce from her husband.”

How could she have ever envisioned that just two springs later, she would be butchered by an evil psychopathic murderer? The spring of 2009 was every bit as cruel as any winter season she had ever experienced.

By the way, for anyone interested, as of today, 11/14/2013, Stacey Burns has been dead for 1,659 days or four years and one-hundred and ninety eight days. That means her killer had been walking free for that same amount of time. INCREDIBLE!


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