WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE PECORDS?
This book is a TRUE mystery of a missing family, the Pecords, who vanished from their home on a Friday evening in early fall of 1959. It is not a CRIME STORY; it may turn out to be one, but not at this time. They were the last remote stop on the author’s paper route, located 50ft from the Connecticut River. Parts of the theme and the era have similarities that were evident in the movie STAND BY ME which was set a year later in 1960 based on the fiction novella, “The Body” by Stephen King.
Instead of calling the police, he called two buddies to conduct their own investigation and nearly got killed. The book is also a memoir in a sense that the author allows the reader to peer into the 50’s era in his hometown, by utilizing the nervous flashbacks he experienced and recorded afterward, during a run for his life. Because of a sworn oath between the author and his teenage friends, he was unable to tell his story till now.
As a coincidence, a relatively new college, Goodwin College, purchased the missing family’s home and invited the author to do a tour of it, one last time. They acknowledged that they had planned to tear it down in order to build a “cottage” for hosting off-campus meetings on the site. They shared with him how the street he grew up on got its name, Colt Street. (The missing family’s home was also the last house on the street.) The fact that the house was part of a ferry landing set up by Samuel Colt (Colt 45) was incredible. Mr. Colt also lived at the landing while a mansion was being built for him across the street also overlooking the Connecticut River. If you log into Goodwin.com, you can maneuver a telescope on the peak of the building to view the surrounding area…webcam.goowin.edu/view/index.shtm/
Some readers have criticized due that “The book was not a true crime story” and it is not, although it might be at some time in the future. Others said that, “We didn’t do enough investigation in regards to where the missing family might have gone”. Please keep in mind that we were all age 15 at the time, roughly the same age as the kids in the movie “Stand By Me”, which was set one year later in 1960. The town’s police department records were destroyed 10 years later, apparently standard procedure. Later on, when we requested help from the FBI, I doubt they took us seriously. It was obviously a different era.
In discussing the story with the editor of the town newspaper, The Gazette, Bill Doakes. He informed the author, that there were a number of unsolved missing persons in town since the mid-1900’s. I know it sounds implausible that these situations exist, but they do. Initially, and for a long time after the “incident”, the boys kept a low profile. They were young and just plain scared that they might be implicated in a crime, especially having found a hidden wall safe’s door swinging open and “empty” in the house. In fact, we agreed to never discuss it with anyone, unless all three were to agree.
Please note: The search for the Pecord’s is still going on primarily by the readers and classmates from East Hartford, Conn. Bits and pieces continue to flow in and will be published on the website of KeypublishingCompany.com near future. If you have something to add or questions to ask, please feel free to go to this website and press the “Contact Tab” and forward them.
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About the Author
In 1980, he joined a large Wall Street Firm as a Wholesaler of Insurance and Annuity products, followed by two more Financial Services Firms as a Regional Vice President responsible for production of Mutual Funds and Separate Accounts. Over the years he received a multitude of awards for his success.
As a result of all his business and personal experience, Mr. Naughton is planning to share it with you his readers.
He also will be launching a Blog, "Jump In and Start Swimming" the title of his first book in just a few weeks- November, 2016. He was granted an international Trademark on that title.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Whatever Happened to the Pecords? is a quick read that successfully achieves the goal of setting the stage for a mystery to unfold. It takes us back to a more innocent time when communities were safer and tight-knit, and allowed its youth to explore the world around them more freely. Sometimes the exploration led to moments of bravery. Other times it was met with parental disappointment. Either way, James Naughton's writing style is such that it made me wish I grew up in the same time and place that he portrays. I could easily see this constructed into a cinematic tale for the Boomer generation.