The Day Sid Stabbed Nancy?

10/12/2011
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(Gibson) On this day in 1978, While living at the Chelsea Hotel in New York City, Sex Pistol Sid Vicious called the police to say that someone had stabbed his girlfriend Nancy Spungen. He was arrested and charged with her murder and placed in the detox unit of a New York prison. Gibson takes a look back: Just before lunchtime on October 12, 1978, the Chelsea Hotel in New York City would become the site of one of rock and roll's greatest tragedies. Sid Vicious, of Sex Pistols notoriety, and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen had retreated into reclusive heroin-fueled oblivion as Vicious' rock and roll persona finally caught up with him and all around him.

Vicious was the toast of New York's punk scene. The motorcycle jacket, the chains, the skinny heroin frame and that post-Elvis lip snarl had made Vicious the best-known of the anti-social Sex Pistols. Sid and Nancy were the punk John and Yoko, except rather than propagating peace and love; they chose a darker, drug-laced existence to make their mark in rock and roll mythology.

When a hotel worker went into Room 100 of the Chelsea Hotel he discovered a half-dressed, blood-covered body of a young woman lying on the floor, a deep wound in her stomach. The bed was also covered in blood. The hotel called an ambulance and police searched the room, discovering drugs, drug paraphernalia, a blood-stained hunting knife and Nancy's boyfriend Sid wandering the hallway in a state of confusion.

Sid's story of events was inconclusive. more on this story

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