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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, 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.
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