Richey James Edwards

25 01 2009

Unexplainable mysteries in music always intrigue the hell out of me.  As I compose this, I can’t think of any other music mystery that intrigues me more than the disappearance of Richey Edwards of the Manic Street Preachers.
On January 31, 1995, The Manic Street Preachers checked into the London Embassy Hotel in preparation of leaving for their American tour the next day.  Richey speaks to his mother and states that he’s not looking forward to touring America.  The next day, Richey checks out of the hotel, stops by his apartment to drop off some things, and is never seen again.
 
When Richey didn’t arrive in America by February 2nd, a missing person’s report was filed.
 
During the month of February ’95, Richey is reportedly spotted several times.  During the two weeks following his leaving the Embassy Hotel in London, Richey is supposedly spotted at the passport office in Newport; at the Newport bus station; and picked up by a taxi driver.
 
In May ’95, Manic Street Preachers met with Richey’s parents to discuss continuing on with the band.
In November ’96, a college lecturer from South Wales, supposedly sees Richey at a market in Goa, India.
In November ’98, a British-born barmaid on the island of Fuerteventura, supposedly sees Richey in the Underground Bar in the town of Corralejo. When a patron of the bar shouted “‘You’re Richey from the Manic Street Preachers!”, Richey turned around and ran out the door.
In January 2002, almost 7 years after his disappearance, Richey’s parents state that they will never have him declared dead.
In October 2004, Richey is supposedly spotted on Famara beach, Lanzarote.
November 23, 2008… Richey’s missing person’s case is officially closed after, by court order, his status is changed to “presumed dead.”
 
Manic Street Preachers are currently working on their next album which will comprise only of lyrics Richey had left behind.
The Manics still put 1/4 of their album royalties into an account for Richey just in case he comes back.
 
This picture was taken as Richey was walking off stage as a member of the Manic Street Preachers for the last time.

This is the last known photograph ever taken of Richey James Edwards (possibly taken at the passport office in Newport?)

I received all of my information from this website, where you can find a more detailed chronology which also details Richey’s self destruction a little bit more.

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