The relationship between Sex Pistols’ bassist Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen, is perhaps one of the most shocking moments in rock history, especially for what would unfold in October 1978.
It was by this time, the Sex Pistols have already disbanded, and Vicious was embarking on a solo career, with Spungen acting as his manager. Also by then, the relationship was already deemed volatile by other people including the Sex Pistols and the media, due to public displays of verbal abuse and violence, as well as the heavy drug use.
On October 12th, during the couple’s stay at the famous Chelsea Hotel in New York City, Vicious awoke to find Spungen dead on the bathroom floor, having bled to death from a single stab wound in the stomach. The murder weapon was a seven-inch knife the couple was using for protection. Immediately, Vicious (who claimed to have no memory of what happened) was arrested and charged with Spungen murder, though there have been various speculations of what happened, including Spungen being attacked by a drug dealer, during a possible robbery.
Whatever the speculation, the case would never be solved. Before it went to trial, Vicious succumbed to a heroin overdose in February 1979, and the police closed the case, as he was deemed the only suspect. And although the case remains unsolved, the saga of Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen continued to surface in pop culture including the 1986 film Sid and Nancy, and on a list from VH-1 counting down the 100 most shocking moments in music history.