Deborah Spungen

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Deborah Spungen (born 1937) is the mother of Nancy Spungen, who was the girlfriend of punk rocker Sid Vicious, her presumed murderer. Deborah became known for her autobiography And I Don't Want to Live This Life, first published in 1983, details life with her daughter.

Her autobiography tells how she raised Nancy (1958–1978), describing her as disturbed from a young age, and also covers her own 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 non-profit organization 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.[2][3] In addition to Nancy, the couple had two other children, Susan and David.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-12-07. Retrieved 2008-11-26.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Archived July 8, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Frank Spungen Obituary - Water Mill, New York -".

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