Uncharted: Crime and Mayhem in the Music Industry, episode 009: The mysterious disappearance of Richey Manic

It is hard to disappear. With all the surveillance tools out there and the digital smog we leave behind, it’s almost impossible to vanish without a trace. Yet it happens.

We still have not found Amelia Earhart who has been missing since 1937 when she tried to fly around the world. We don’t know what became of DB Cooper, the hijacker who in 1971 bailed out of a plane somewhere in the Pacific Northwest with $200,000 in ransom money. No one has ever found Teamsters president Jimmy Hoffa after that last lunch in 1975.

And you’ve probably heard about Maddy McCann the English child who is still missing since 2007 after disappearing from the bedroom of an apartment at a resort in Portugal…

Those are the most notorious cases. But have you heard these stories?

Edward and Stephania Andrews left a cocktail party in May 1970. They were last seen turning the wrong way on a one-way street and were never heard from again. The case is still open.

Then we have the case of Peter Winston, a chess prodigy who went missing after bombing out of a tournament in 1977. His body has never been found.

Does anyone remember the story of Bison Dele? He was a retired NBA player who went sailing in the South Pacific and was never seen again. Cops think his brother, who was on the boat with him, killed everyone on board, dumped the bodies at sea, and then committed suicide. But we’ll never know…

There are mysterious disappearances throughout the history of music, too. One of the most baffling is the fate of Richey Edwards of the Manic Street Preachers. One day he was at a hotel in London getting ready for a trip to North America. And the next—who knows? He was just…gone. Vanished without a trace.

So many questions. What happened? What do we know? With all the CCTV coverage in the UK, is there no record of his movements? What was done to find him? Where’s the body? Or could he still be alive? Did he just figure out how to disappear completely? Have I got a story for you.

This is the mysterious disappearance of Richey Edwards. It’s episode none of “Uncharted: Crime and Mayhem in the Music Industry.”

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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One thought on “Uncharted: Crime and Mayhem in the Music Industry, episode 009: The mysterious disappearance of Richey Manic

  • If you want to go deeper into this, read the excellent book “Withdrawn Traces: Searching for the Truth about Richey Manic” by Sara Hawys Roberts.


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