In a reader’s guide to her outstanding book, Twain’s End, novelist Lynn Cullen makes this interesting observation.

“. . .when spoken with conviction, falsehoods and accusations carry the same weight as truths. Whoever speaks the most loudly is believed, not necessarily the one who speaks the most honestly.”

She follows this discouraging thought with another. “. . . having the truth on your side is not enough.”

I could not help but relate her insightful comments to the Stacey Burns murder case.  Some of the falsehoods, accusations, innuendoes, and wild speculations in that case have been stated with enough conviction that the truth struggles to come to the surface.

I have heard from several sources that the police know who killed this poor woman. My question is this: Why are they not shouting out that “truth” after seven years and four months. Why allow those speaking other than the truth to have their “falsehoods and accusations carry the same weight as truths?”

Thank you, Lynn Cullen, for inspiring me to write this post.