Famous Criminal Presentation By: Jennifer Chang Forensic Science, Period 1 Bellflower High
Interesting Facts • Sid Vicious – Sex Pistols – Revolutionized Punk Movement in Britain (1970s) • Dr. Michael Baden performed Nancy’s autopsy • Movies, books, articles written • uPUNK CULTURE – Attitude, fashion, music, nihilist, existentialism… • “I am an anti-christ…I wanna destroy!”
Background: S & N Sid Nancy• Bassist of the band, Sex • Groupie (followed punk bands) Pistols • Erratic, violent behavior since• “If Johnny Rotten is the childhood voice of punk, then Sid Vicious is the attitude.” • Schizophrenic• Controlled by Nancy • Controlled Sid• History of drug abuse • History of drug abuse• Domestic violence • Heroine addict (age 15)• Self-mutilation
Crime & Scene• Who? – Victim Nancy Spungen – Suspects John Simon Ritchie (Sid Vicious) Rockets Redglare (Michael Morra) “Steve C” (dealer)• What? – Sid Vicious woke from a drug stupor to find Nancy Spungen dead in the hotel bathroom with a stab wound to the abdomen. Sid is uncertain what occurred and convinced he killed her, but later decides he’s not certain.• When? • Oct. 12, 1978• Where? • Chelsea Hotel Manhattan, New York City
Forensic Evidence Type of Evidence Description/Info.• Hunting knife (5” blade) • Found in hallway with Nancy’s blood, belonged to• Blood stains Sid • On bed sheet, carpet of hallway, hunting knife, bathroom floor and walls• Sid’s confession to murder • “I killed her…I loved her, even if she treated me like shit.”
Legal Aspects• Oct 12 1978 – Sid confesses, arrested, charged 2nd deg murder“I stabbed her, but I didn’t mean to kill her. I loved her, even if she treated me like shit.” – Sid pleads not guilty & released on $50,000 bail
Theories on Nancy’s Real Killer • Rocket Redglare • Drug dealer (Michael Morra) • Sold drugs to Nancy prior to death • Robbed & Killed • Never confessed• Robbery/Drug Deal • “Steve C” Gone Wrong • Nancy - $15,000 cash • Called Redglare, desperation for drugs
ReferencesBruno, Anthony. “Punk Rock Romeo and Juliet: Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen.” TruTVWebsite. 29 Mar. 2012. TruTV. 29 Mar. 2012 http://www.trutv.com/library/crime/notorious_murders /celebrity/sid_vicious/index.htmlWikipedia. “Nancy Spungen.” Wikipedia.org Website. 29 Mar. 2012. Wikipedia.org. 29 Mar. 2012 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nancy_SpungenThe Autopsy Files. Dir. Arthur Ginsberg. 2005. DVD. HBO Home Video, 2005.