Did Sid Vicious Kill Nancy Spungen? Everything We Know...
By | December 31, 2019
In January 1978, the Sex Pistols called it quits. Bass player Sid Vicious and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen were nursing serious heroin habits, so what better place to go than New York City. The two wreaked havoc on the scene until October 12th, when 20-year-old Spungen bled to death on the bathroom floor of a room in the Chelsea Hotel. Months later, while awaiting trial for her murder, Vicious died from an overdose.
After Vicious died, the NYPD dropped their investigation into Spungen’s death. In all likelihood, a gacked-out Vicious was the person who put an end to his girlfriend’s life, but there are some in the punk community who believe that Vicious was set up and that someone else was brandishing the knife. There’s no way to have a crystal clear understanding of exactly what happened that night in 1979, but here’s everything we know.
Sid and Nancy were on course set for destruction
In another life, Nancy Spungen could have done something great. A gifted young woman, she graduated high school at the age of 16 and enrolled into the University of Colorado but dropped out in 1975 after she was arrested for buying pot from an undercover cop. Upon leaving college she went to New York City and go thrust herself into the burgeoning punk scene: she hung with the New York Dolls and The Cramps before establishing herself as the scene’s most well known groupie.
When Nancy went to London in 1977 she met Sid Vicious (born John Simon Ritchie) and from that moment on the two were inseparable. Their mutual addictions intertwined, they fueled one another and drove each other to madness. Even though Sid was losing it while he was in the Sex Pistols he could at least be controlled by the group’s management, but left to their own devices the two were heading down a road towards mutual destruction.