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Ray Routhier

Portland Press Herald staff writer Ray Routhier will try anything. Once. During 20 years at the Press Herald he’s been equally attracted to stories that are unusually quirky and seemingly mundane. He’s taken rides on garbage trucks, sought out the mother of two rock stars, dug clams, raked blueberries, and spent time with the family of bedridden man who finds strength in music. Nothing too dangerous mind you, just adventurous enough to find the stories of real Mainers doing real cool things.

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Posted: April 17, 2014

Psychic Vicki Monroe’s suprise reading during ‘Cell Block Psychic’ interview

Written by: Ray Routhier

Photo courtesy of Investigation Discovery

Vickie Monroe is a self-described spirit messenger, psychic medium, and cold case investigator living in Kennebunk.

While talking about her new show “Cell Block Psychic,” (it premiers tonight at 9 p.m. on the Investigation Discovery cable channel) Monroe mentioned that she could “read” people over the phone. She explained that, just by talking to someone, she could see or sense dead family or friends who were nearby.

Being curious, I asked if she could tell me if anyone was with me as I typed on a computer at my desk.

I expected some sort of stall or deflection, but she answered quickly and without asking me anything about myself.

“There’s someone, a friend, but he was more like a brother, and it was like his heart exploded,” Monroe said.

Monroe’s words surprised me, because they made sense to me immediately.

One of my closest childhood friends, and one of the few I kept in touch with as an adult, died unexpectedly a few years ago at the age of 45. He was an incredibly active guy, hiking and biking all the time, and had no diagnosed medical problems.

At his funeral, friends and family said his heart was enlarged. So Monroe’s description seemed pretty accurate to me.

Monroe also told me the spirit with me said he now had a full head of hair. My friend had a receding hairline, but was not nearly as bald as I. And he was known to tease me about that.

The whole exchange only took a few minutes, and at first I just thought, “Huh, that’s pretty interesting.” But the more I thought about it, the more impressed I was.

There is no easy answer to how she could have known about my friend. I have never written about him and he didn’t live around here.

But I do think of him often.

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