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Old 27-10-2013, 16:26
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Doesn't Philly have these mega cheese burgers or something? Maybe he was drawn to it for the burgers. About time he had a decent meal
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Old 27-10-2013, 19:27
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Oh for fucks sake

Clearly a wind up.....he's actually in my garden shed. He's been living there with a glamourous gnome alone for some time now.


It's true. He's shown me his tattoo.

Why is this being taken seriously?

No not my story. My story is actually true. T'other one.
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Old 27-10-2013, 19:31
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Oh for fucks sake

Clearly a wind up.....he's actually in my garden shed. He's been living there with a glamourous gnome alone for some time now.


It's true. He's shown me his tattoo.

Why is this being taken seriously?

No not my story. My story is actually true. T'other one.
i think most of us are just being polite
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Old 27-10-2013, 19:46
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i think most of us are just being polite
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And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.' (from Sea Fever - John Masefield)


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Old 27-10-2013, 23:52
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I haven't made the story up. I can understand why some people would be sceptical, and I'm not presenting this as truth, merely as something that's been passed on to me, in the hope that some analysis can take place of it.

As a personal opinion, I don't think Gerry's family are lying. I think that either she genuinely met Richey or she met a fanboy who was getting off on acting like Richey.
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Old 27-10-2013, 23:59
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i think most of us are just being polite
Probably, given some of the nuts stories that have been on here over the years.
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Old 28-10-2013, 08:19
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I or she met a fanboy who was getting off on acting like Richey.
In my opinion this is probably true. To be honest, all the evidence seems to suggest that he is more than likely dead. He obviously had some real issues and problems that would not have gone away if he just dissappeared.
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Old 28-10-2013, 08:48
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WTF you'd have to be a special kind of fucked up to go to an AA meeting and attempt to pass yourself off as Richey. To go to the extent of getting a matching tattoo and no doubt a matching 4 REAL scar on his arm as well is just plain psycho behaviour. If Richey ever did surface somewhere a nutjob like this is likely to kill him off to perpetuate the lie.

On the other hand, if it is actually Richey (which I doubt very much) PHONE YOUR MUM YOU TOSSER!
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Old 28-10-2013, 10:03
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WTF you'd have to be a special kind of fucked up to go to an AA meeting and attempt to pass yourself off as Richey. To go to the extent of getting a matching tattoo and no doubt a matching 4 REAL scar on his arm as well is just plain psycho behaviour. If Richey ever did surface somewhere a nutjob like this is likely to kill him off to perpetuate the lie.

On the other hand, if it is actually Richey (which I doubt very much) PHONE YOUR MUM YOU TOSSER!
I agree particularly with that last statement. Plus, I would have thought the scars would have led to comment before the tats. Most people have a habit of staring at scars rather than tats
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Old 28-10-2013, 12:21
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This is annoying me now -
In my experience missing people don't go around saying "I'm missing don't tell anyone". The source for my experience? Me. I went missing. To cut a long story short I had a lot of issues, masses of self-loathing and hate and convinced myself that everyone would be better off without me. So I fucked off. After doing so I managed to sort myself out and start a new life and was completely convinced that everyone was happier without me around. I was officially missing for four years. I never told a soul. I had made new friends, relationships, work, home, everything. I had started again. I never told anyone. So much so that when my case was shown on the TV Missing programme several people I worked with rang up and told them where I was. I didn't even know I'd been reported missing, I just assumed no one would bother looking for me. I assumed they didn't want me around. The first I knew was when my phone rang.
If you're in such a desperate state as to vanish off the face of the earth, you DON'T TELL ANYONE.
You push all your past behind you and hope it never comes back, because "they are all better off with you not around". It took that "being found out" moment to make me realise that I was wrong. They did actually give a shit. It took all of 30 seconds from that moment to make me pick up the phone.
I'm lucky that I got the chance to put things right, though the guilt of how much hurt I caused through my utter fucking selfishness is still hard to deal with even now. I made a mistake, a four year long mistake, but the fact remains that I never told anyone, let alone a random stranger at a meeting.
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Old 28-10-2013, 13:38
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Wow, that's intense! But thanks for sharing. I've never come across any work on the psychology of someone who goes intentionally missing is. I only know of the work on psychogenic fugue. But that is very interesting to get a first hand insight into it
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Old 28-10-2013, 14:01
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This is annoying me now -
In my experience missing people don't go around saying "I'm missing don't tell anyone". The source for my experience? Me. I went missing. To cut a long story short I had a lot of issues, masses of self-loathing and hate and convinced myself that everyone would be better off without me. So I fucked off. After doing so I managed to sort myself out and start a new life and was completely convinced that everyone was happier without me around. I was officially missing for four years. I never told a soul. I had made new friends, relationships, work, home, everything. I had started again. I never told anyone. So much so that when my case was shown on the TV Missing programme several people I worked with rang up and told them where I was. I didn't even know I'd been reported missing, I just assumed no one would bother looking for me. I assumed they didn't want me around. The first I knew was when my phone rang.
If you're in such a desperate state as to vanish off the face of the earth, you DON'T TELL ANYONE.
You push all your past behind you and hope it never comes back, because "they are all better off with you not around". It took that "being found out" moment to make me realise that I was wrong. They did actually give a shit. It took all of 30 seconds from that moment to make me pick up the phone.
I'm lucky that I got the chance to put things right, though the guilt of how much hurt I caused through my utter fucking selfishness is still hard to deal with even now. I made a mistake, a four year long mistake, but the fact remains that I never told anyone, let alone a random stranger at a meeting.
As amnesic said, thank you for sharing this.
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Old 28-10-2013, 14:30
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Cheers guys.
Its a long time ago now. My point was that to leave your old life completely is the ultimate in denial - (denying your history?!) you wouldn't sit there going "Psst - it's me!".
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Old 28-10-2013, 15:26
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Cheers guys.
Its a long time ago now. My point was that to leave your old life completely is the ultimate in denial - (denying your history?!) you wouldn't sit there going "Psst - it's me!".
So what happened... how did it all turn out in the end?
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Old 28-10-2013, 15:48
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Happy ending really -

The Missing programme went out in November 98, a handful of people I worked with saw it (by that time I was only about 20 miles away from my "previous world") and rang the missing persons line. A couple of hours after the programme I got a call from the police who asked me if I was who they were looking for, and that I was officially missing and had been since two days after I buggered off. They said that they just wanted to pass on to my family that I was ok. I didn't have to get in touch or anything, but that they wanted to know I was alive, that was all, no pressure. I said that was ok and hung up. I then picked the phone back up and rang my mum.
Oceans of tears followed. We're close and if anything more open than before but all my family get a bit twitchy if they don't hear from me regularly. The first couple of years after re-connecting with them I felt quite pressurised by being checked up a lot, but I can't blame them for that.
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