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My english essay on my idol....  7/18/2001  
My idol...Richard James Edwards

Richey was last seen in the early morning of February 1, 1995, when, on the eve of a promotional visit to America, he walked out of the Embassy Hotel in Baywater Road, London, leaving behind a packed suitcase and medications. It is believed he then drove via the M4 to his flat in Cardiff Bay, where his passport, credit cards and the Prozac he had been prescribed to combat long-term depression were later discovered.

On February 2, Edwards was reported officially missing by his manager Martin Hall. Fifteen days later, police discovered his silver Vauxhall Cavalier parked at a motorway service station in Avon. Because of its location, close to the Severn Bridge - the scene of countless suicides - it was inevitable that many felt the case to be solved. No body was ever washed up along the river banks, however, and when it was revealed that the musician had withdrawn ?,000 from his bank account over the ten-day period preceding his disappearance, others were relieved to take the opposing view. Although the bank account remained untouched subsequently, he had enough cash with him to effect an escape, they pointed out. Surely it must have been a carefully planned disappearance, some kind of scam even.

"Obviously, if it was a vulnerable juvenile who had gone missing, we would continue to search actively for him or her until they had been found," said Detective Sergeant Stephen Moray, based at London's Harrow Road police station, and the officer in charge of the investigation. "But you have to accept that every adult has the right just to go missing."

The publicity surrounding Edwards's disappearance has prompted a steady flow of information and reported sightings, some from as far afield as Germany, India and America, some as close as Newport aswell but none of it has led to Richey. Now, though any new information will be looked into as a priority, the case remains open but inactive - one among a total of 319 currently on the books of the National Missing Persons Bureau. (来源:专业英语学习网站 http://www.EnglishCN.com)

"If he needs time to be on his own, that's OK," said his father, Graham Edwards, at the family home in Blackwood, South Wales. "If he has any problems he needs help with, I hope he remembers he's always had strong support from his family and all the lads in the band." And those lads - Nicky Wire, James Dean Bradfield and Sean Moore announced that they would make no further records or perform again in public until the mystery was solved, although they made a come back in April 1996.

Meanwhile, Melody Maker was actively soliciting the reactions of its readers, and letters had begun to pour in, the majority of them from young women, some traumatised by the situation and contemplating self-mutilation a well- documented habit of Richey's or worse, others ready to admit that they, too, habitually suffered from low self-esteem and the impulse to harm themselves, so had identified with the musician and made him an object of empathy and reverence.

Jasmine of Sunderland: "I cut Richey's name into my arm because I'm so depressed... I love the band and only a couple of friends understand what I am going through."

Elizabeth of Harrow: "I almost died when I heard he was gone, and have thought about killing myself several times since. I have to hurt myself to stay calm."

Jane of Brighton: "I feel my whole life's been ripped in two. I'm so scared of what lengths I'll go to if the worst comes to the worst."

Is he alive or dead? Opinions are polarised. The initial rush of supposed sightings has trailed off and, although the police file on his disappearance remains open, the investigation is no longer an active one. Private investigators, too, have failed to come up with conclusive proof, one way or another. True, no body has been found. But that a man known for his loyalty and sensitivity should not seek to reassure his family and friends of his wellbeing makes one wonder if it is not just a matter of time.

In the midst of all the conjecture, one writer at least has reached the heart of the matter. Another of those Melody Maker readers, her words appeared in an issue published soon after the disappearance. "It was Richey who first attracted me to the Manics," she wrote. "By chance, I stumbled across an interview he gave just after he came out of hospital. He seemed like such a nice person. At a time when I felt alone and depressed, it was comforting to know that someone out there felt the same.

"He hasn't encouraged me to harm myself, but just made me feel less alone. Richey is a very special person who has touched many people with his lyrics and brave, honest interviews. I just hope he's OK."


Well that was my essay i had a A woohoo!!!

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