Deborah Spungen

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Deborah Spungen (born 1937) is the mother of Nancy Spungen, the girlfriend of punk rocker Sid Vicious, who became known for her autobiography And I Don't Want to Live This Life which details the life with her late daughter.

Her autobiography tells not only about raising Nancy, whom she had at twenty and also describes Nancy as disturbed from a young age, but also her life following Nancy's murder in regard to her and her family's treatment by the judicial system and the press. She began the Philadelphia-based nonprofit FMV, Families of Murder Victims[1], soon after Nancy's death in order to cope with her tragedy, and later obtained a Master's Degree in Social Work from Bryn Mawr College.


Deborah Spungen, born into a Jewish family in Philadelphia, has been the owner of a natural foods store, a direct mail consultant, a member of the Philadelphia Crime and Elderly Coalition, and founded the Philadelphia chapter of Parents of Murdered Children.[citation needed]

In 1998, she wrote another book, Homicide: The Hidden Victims.[citation needed]

Spungen's husband, Frank died on July 2, 2010 at the age of 76.[1][2] In addition to Nancy, the couple had two other children, Susan and David.[citation needed]


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