this day in crime history: october 12, 1978

On this date in 1978, 20 year old Nancy Spungen, girlfriend of former Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious, was found dead in the bathroom of her room at the Chelsea Hotel in Manhattan. Spungen had been stabbed in the lower abdomen.  The murder weapon was a knife that belonged to Vicious (real name John Simon Ritchie).

Police arrested Vicious, who gave conflicting accounts of what happened.  Some versions pointed to his innocence, others implicated him in the murder.  There were numerous theories as to who else may have killed Nancy, with most theories involving a drug deal gone bad.

The case never went to trial.  On February 2, 1979, while out on bail, Sid Vicious died of a heroin overdose.  He was 21 years old at the time.

Further reading:

Find A Grave – Nancy Spungen

Wikipedia – Nancy Spungen

Daily MailDid Sid really kill Nancy? Explosive new evidence suggests the punk rocker may have been innocent

7 thoughts on “this day in crime history: october 12, 1978

  1. John D.:
    Never having been a fan of Sid Vicious, I can’t say I miss him or his music.

    What I CAN say is that all too often, people waste a perfectly good life chasing after that momentary “fulfillment” that such drugs can erroneously produce.
    And with the usual ending.
    Stay safe out there.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s