Flashback Friday: Ted Wall and Jeff Mays

This week’s Flashback Friday case(s) are Ted Haywood Wall and Harold Jeffrey “Jeff” Mays, two commercial fishermen who disappeared (together with their supposedly unsinkable boat) at Cape Hatteras off the coast of North Carolina. It was November 13, 1980; they were 22 and 21 respectively.

There’s a possible drug connection here, at least according to Jeff’s family and his best friend. Jeff’s mother wrote a book about called Outer Banks Piracy: Where is My Son Jeffrey?

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2 thoughts on “Flashback Friday: Ted Wall and Jeff Mays

  1. michael w. September 3, 2016 / 4:41 am

    Wasn’t that the book where there is one known copy of in the entire United States, at some North Carolina college that’s virtually unattainable for anyone not going there? The difficulty in accessing some things, such as books, has always nagged me. Considering how technologically advanced we are these days, it shouldn’t be so difficult.

    I used to work in a few college bookstores. I recall spending much of my downtime reading everything from textbooks in things such as psychology to just regular, everyday paperback books. It was tremendous. There was a section in the back that was off-limits to customers that had a stockpile of mostly singular copies of books that were used eons ago and you wondered what the heck college course could have had that as a requirement.

    • Meaghan September 3, 2016 / 12:27 pm

      As the book was self published, it’s not unusual that it’s not available in libraries. Self published books get no advertising, no promotion, so libraries don’t usually buy them.

      WorldCat says the book is available at the Library of Congress and UNC-Chapel Hill. Both of those libraries should be willing to let others see it via inter library loan (basically, your library borrows the book from them, lends it to you, then sends it back when you’re done).

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