Unsolved Mother's Day Murder: Who Killed Stacey Burns?
The killer of the mother of five is still on the loose.
Jan. 21, 2011 — -- Stacey Burns was a popular figure in the lakeside community of Wolfeboro, N.H.
"Everybody went to her house," said Fae, a close friend of Stacey's. "The door was always open to everyone, old and young."
Her large colonial house sits on the main street of Wolfeboro, a tight-knit town with a population of 6,531 people that balloons to 25,000 during the summer when tourists flock to the picture-postcard New England town.
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Stacey was a school nurse at Carpenter Elementary School in Wolfeboro. She met her husband Ed Burns more than 20 years ago when she was a student and he was a young merchant marine. Stacey's big brother, Michael Keane, recalls meeting Ed for the first time and thinking, "[He] was an interesting fellow -- a little eccentric."
After a whirlwind courtship, Stacey and Ed married and by their 10th anniversary, they had five children. As a merchant marine, Ed spent months at a time out at sea while Stacey stayed in Wolfeboro caring for their growing family. When Ed returned home from sea, tensions would arise between them.
"We both had to adjust because we were both commander of the ship, if you will. And I found out that even when I was home, I was actually second in command," Ed said.
Brittany, the Burns' live-in babysitter, witnessed the increasing strain on Stacey.
"It wasn't an ideal marriage for her," she said. "He wanted to know what Stacey was doing at all times. And if she would tell him the truth, he still wouldn't believe that it was the truth."
Eventually, Ed's desire to control Stacey became too much for her to endure, friends said, and she filed for divorce while Ed was out at sea. The news came as a shock to Ed Burns, and by Christmas 2008, Stacey and Ed were officially divorced.
Newly-single Stacey began dating a man whose son played hockey with her teenage son Michael.
Jim Vittum was a logger and divorced father of two children. He fell in love with Stacey soon after they began seeing each other.