Sometimes people go missing and are recognized as missing. But most of the time they disappear without a trace, and sometimes with no one knowing what has happened. Then after years of speculation and police investigations, they just turn up like nothing even happened. Celebrity disappearances capture the attention of millions. When they’re found, most of their fans rejoice at the star being alive and well. But there are some occurrences that are too bizarre to be true, some disappearances that were never explained, and some celebrities who were never seen again.
Richey Edwards was a punk musician, guitarist, and lyricist for the band Manic Street Preachers, and he was unafraid to pull the occasional stunt to prove how real he was. In 1991, when questioned in an interview about the authenticity of his grim persona, he grabbed a razor blade and carved the phrase “4 REAL” into his arm right then and there.
Many believed that his disappearance in 1995 was another publicity stunt until he had been missing for long enough that they had to presume him dead. His family swore that suicide was “never an option for him,” but his car was found abandoned near a bridge that was known for suicide jumps, so that seemed to be the most likely conclusion.
Theodosia Burr Alston
In the Broadway sensation Hamilton, Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr sing a duet lullaby to their respective newborn children, titled “Dear Theodosia.” It is seen later in the play that Hamilton’s son Philip dies in a duel, but many people don’t know that Burr’s daughter, Theodosia, also was met with a grim fate.
She was defamed when Hamilton spread rumors that she had an incestuous relationship with her father (part of the reason for the infamous duel). Her character took another hit when she helped her father try to organise a secession in the west, and subsequently fled the country when he was tried for treason. In 1813, following the death of her son, she boarded a small boat at the port of Georgetown and was never seen again. Some say she ran off with pirates, and others say she ran away to marry a Native American. However, it is more likely that her boat capsized on the rough seas.