The Sex Pistols: The Ghost of Sid Vicious

Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen

The Ghost of Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen

To celebrate Halloween, Rock N’ Roll True Stories takes a look at the ghosts of Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen who were residents at the Chelsea Hotel in New York. Check out the story below!

What’s going on my fellow rock n’ rollers. Don’t forget to hit the bell notification icon to be notified every time i put out a new video on my channel. The front desk of the Chelsea Hotel would receive a call around 11 a.m. on Oct. 12, 1978. The unknown man claimed over the phone, “There’s trouble in room 100.” The front desk clerk sent the bellman to room 100 to investigate what was going on. A few minutes later another phone call came into the front desk, this time around it was Sid Vicious who was in Room 100. He would state on the phone, “Someone is sick. Need help.” When the bellman arrived at Room 100 he came across the dead body of a 20 year old blonde woman lying on the bathroom floor with a stab wound.
Built in 1884, the Chelsea Hotel in New York would become a famous landmark that was a hotspot for people in the entertainment industry including musicians, actors, and writers. It’s now considered one of the most haunted places in the United States, and residents and visitors report regular encounters with a variety of ghosts including Sid Vicious. Stay tuned to find out the full story.

A member of the iconic british punk band the sex pistols, bassist Sid Vicious joined the group following the departure of Glen Matlock who left since he was unhappy with the band and all the drama and his frequent disagreemtns with frontman Johnny Rotten.. More attitude than musician, Vicious didn’t know how to play the bass and only apparently played on one song on the band’s iconic album Never Mind the Bollocks as guitarist Steve Jones played most of the other bass parts. Vicious’ time in the Sex Pistols was volatile and tulmultous as the band broke up almost a year after he joined following an ill-fated tour across America, which I’ve previously covered on my channel.

Following the breakup of the Pistols, Vicious embarked on a solo career which saw him collaborate with a whose who of the punk scene, and he was also managed by his girlfriend Nancy Spungen. he followed bands such prior to meeting Sid Vicious including Aerosmith, Bad Company, The New York Dolls, and the Ramones. In 1977 she even moved to London to pursue drummer Jerry Nolan of the New York Dolls and The Heartbreakers, but would instead meet Sid Vicious..By late 1978 following the breakup of the Pistols, the pair moved to the Chelsea Hotel in New York. The first floor was known as the “junkies” floor and during the earlier part of their stay Vicious collapsed in the lobby from a drug overdose. And instead of kicking the couple out, the hotel manager moved them to the first floor.
Getting back to the events of Oct 12, 1978, the bellman arrived at room 100 to find Nancy lying faceup, with her head under the sink. There was a knife wound in her abdomen. Spungen and Vicious were spending their wasted days awash in drugs and alleged domestic abuse. Vicious would be charged with second degree murder and he would be released on bail, but prior to going to court he died from an overdose.
The murder of Nancy did little to scare away visitors from the hotel as it still remained a hotspot for the elite. Artist Andy Warhol shed some light on how dangerous the hotel always was and the couple’s dynamic saying in 1978:
Andy Warhol: The police just arrested Sid Vicious for stabbing his 20-year-old manager-girlfriend to death in the Chelsea Hotel, and then I saw on the news that Mr. Bard was saying, “Oh yeah. They drank a lot and they would come in late. . . . ” They just let anybody in over there, that hotel is dangerous, it seems like somebody’s killed there once a week” he’d say.
Vicious for his part pleaded not guilty to the murder and claimed to have awoken from a drugged stupor to see Nancy dead on the bathroom floor of their hotel room. Vicious claimed they had fought the night before but gave conflicting accounts of what happened first saying, “I stabbed her, but I never meant to kill her,” then claiming that he did not remember, and at one point during the argument Spungen had apparently fallen onto the knife. There’s been other theories that there were drug dealers in the room the night before the murder who were responsible for killing Spungen. No other suspects would be arrested and the police would be criticized by some more not looking beyond Sid Vicious as a suspect
Since their stay at the hotel, residents and visitors have reported paranormal activity. Some people have reported seeing the ghost of Sid Vicious around the first floor elevator. While the ghost doesn’t appear to interact with guests and visitors, some believe he is looking for the killer of Nancy, Other guests have reported paranormal activity around room 100 including floating orbs and feeling large temperature fluctuations. Not only thatm but some visitors have reported hearing loud music coming from room 100, while others have reportedly been able to hear what appears to be a couple arguing. But after they check the room, no one appears to be staying there.
Interestingly, the hotel – now known as Hotel Chelsea – isn’t accepting new residents and has undergone substantial renovations causing some to think it’s lost it’s charm. So that does it for today’s video guys. Thanks for watching. Be sure to hit the like button and subscribe. If you guys have suggestions for future topics let me know in the comments section below. Take care.