Intro – Here’s What Happened

What happened to your dad? Can you talk about it? What did you do? Did they ever find out who did it? How did I, a young adult at the time, “move on” with my life after being thrust into living without someone who I expected to live for a really long time? The questions still find their way to me, though it’s been thirty years. Guess what? I still have my own questions as well.

Hi, I’m Heather Burnett, and my dad was killed when I was a teenager. This isn’t my normal introduction, but over the years as I get acquainted with new friends, we always end up talking about our pasts.

This Saturday, March 19, I’m launching a new blog series called “Here’s What Happened.” This blog will answer those questions and many others as I bravely and vulnerably venture to tell you my story and the story of my father’s murder. There’s a lot to unpack, and the murderer has never been convicted.

This true crime memoir will unfold weekly and intersect with and surpass the 30th anniversary of my father’s murder. Some of these stories you’ve heard before, some in more detail, and many you never saw coming. I’m going to tell you like I’m talking to a friend.

Join me twice a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays to find out from me and special guests what happened to Johnny Burnett.

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  1. Heather, you are such an amazing and strong woman. I know your Dad would be so proud of you.


  2. From your college thesis to this blog I know how much research, pain and work have gone into this story. I applaud you for your courage. I said it before and I’ll say it again…this unsolved murder deserves to be featured on one of the murder channels. Your mom has told me how much Johnny loved you and Jason and was a very proud father. I hope you have felt his spirit with you as you bring to light Johnny’s story.

  3. I found your blog thru a FB post by your Mom who I worked with years ago at Alltel. I’ve only read one entry but it is very good. Have you considered doing a podcast? Good luck. I cannot imagine how painful this has been but I applaud your effort to set the record straight.

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