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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, 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.
In 1998, she wrote another book, Homicide: The Hidden Victims.
Spungen's husband, Frank died on July 2, 2010 at the age of 76. In addition to Nancy, the couple had two other children, Susan and David.