Richey Edwards Psychic Cash-in Outrage

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A self-styled medium has been accused of cashing in on the tragedy of missing Manic Street Preacher Richey Edwards.

Angie Kruger claims to have a spirit guide called Richard, who bears an uncanny resemblance to the Welsh star, whose car was found at a notorious River Severn suicide spot.

The medium, who sports tattoos almost identical to Richey's, has published books as 'Angie Kruger and Richard' and 'Angie Kruger and Spirit Guide Richard'.

The spiritualist even fronts £5 a ticket meetings where she 'channels' Richard and sells Angie and Rich's Merging Meditation CDs for £3.50, gives £25 readings and charges £30 for a bumper five-hour medium lesson.

On website convent educated Kruger asks for £2.50 "donations" for e-mails from her address.

Kruger's self-published Diary of a Trance Medium features a cover drawing of a man that bears a remarkable resemblance to the tragic star.

While she never refers to Richard's surname the reader is left in little doubt who her self-harming "enigmatic immortal" with "silvery scars running across his chest" is. His pet dog even shares the same name as the troubled songwriter's - Snoopy.

Sara Roberts saw a show 48-year-old Kruger held in Barry, South Wales.

The 22-year-old from Cardiff said: "In a performance which at times bordered on farce, Kruger demonstrated how simple it is to extract cash and adoration from a gullible audience, whilst causing pain and anguish for those who knew and loved Edwards."

Swansea born Richard Rose has run Manics fanzine R*E*P*E*A*T since 1994.

The 44-year-old - pals with Nicky Wire's brother Patrick Jones - said those who knew Edwards would not be impressed.

"If she is genuine, she is also genuine about making money," he said.

"If she was keen on the band she could write a book about them.

"I don't think Richey would be angry but I think he would find it a bit pathetic and stupid.

"Making money out of someone's tragedy (is wrong). And the Manics fanbase is ready made and full of people who look up to Richey."

He said it would not be an issue were it not for the cash.

Kruger, who lives in Penzance, Cornwall, insists she had never openly connected Richard her spirit guide with Richey Edwards and when she worked to a "home crowd" at a Blackwood psychic fayre she was received well.

But Wales on Sunday has seen the content of e-mails from Kruger's rich4eversevern address in which her spirit guide is clearly linked to the Manic Street Preachers.

One e-mail, signed Ang & Rich, criticised the band's decision to use Richey's lyrics on 2009's Journal for Plague Lovers.

Kruger suggested the e-mails could have been "doctored" before accepting she "didn't suppose" they were.

She insisted she did not know whether her spirit guide was Richey Edwards because she had never performed a reading with anyone who knew him well.

She said "I have worked with thousands of people world wide with a very high degree of success.

"I also work for Haunted Cornwall FM. I have a good track record. I do have a great deal of information written down from my guide. But none of it means anything to me.

"The only way I could give a definitive yes or no would be if someone close could tell me if the information resonated with them.

"I have said my door will always be open for this.

"I would also like to add that this actually has very little to do with my work, which as a whole is a much bigger picture. "Mostly it is about bringing comfort, closure and guidance to those who employ my skills. That and also promoting spirituality."

The Manic Street Preachers declined to comment.

[Originally published: Wales On Sunday, 15 August 2010]

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