Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen
Punk legend Sid Vicious was not an outwardly romantic man. "Who cares about love?" the Sex Pistols' singer once asked. "Love is for people who are preparing to die." Yet Vicious appeared to be deeply infatuated with his glamorous American girlfriend, Nancy Spungen, whom he is said to have killed in 1978 by stabbing her once through the stomach. She introduced him to sex, and they shared hard drugs. Journalist Mark Brown said: "If the last year of their life had not been so squalid it could [have been] Romeo and Juliet with syringes." Vicious was arrested for her murder, confessing: "I did it because I'm a dirty dog." But those who knew him protested his innocence. "Sid didn't kill Nancy," his erstwhile manager Malcolm McLaren declared. "She was the first and only love of his life... Sid was capable of a range of self-destructive acts, but I didn't think that he could kill someone, especially his girlfriend, unless it was a botched double suicide."
Vicious died of a heroin overdose before the case came to trial, leaving a suicide note asking to be buried alongside Spungen. His ashes were sprinkled over her resting place.