Monthly Archives: February 2014

My Bloody Valentine

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Did you read my last post about star crossed lovers, Sid & Nancy? Of course I’m referring to the doomed punk rock icons, Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen. Sid had been arrested and charged with her murder but we’ll never know if the multiple stab wounds that killed her were by his hand, because he o.d.’ed on heroin and died while still awaiting trial. Now I know what you’re thinking, what could be more Valentine’s Day than that?

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Of course then’s there Kurt and Courtney, Kurt Cobain of Nirvana fame and his wife Courtney Love, probably the most famous doomed couple of all time. ( I’m sorry the Sex Pistols were punk rock legends and all but Nirvana sold more records. ) The couple admired Sid & Nancy so much they often checked into hotels as Mr. & Mrs. Simon Ritchie ( Sid’s real name. ) They had all the requisite drug problems and emotional turmoil but even so, they were still married when Kurt killed himself with a shotgun blast to the face. To this day many hold Courtney to blame for the death of her husband, ( including her own father apparently. ) Sure maybe she drove him to it, but no one is suggesting she was the one that pulled the trigger.

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A lesser known but equally horrifying tale of love gone horribly wrong is of Indie songwriter and manic depression poster boy, Elliot Smith and his girlfriend, lover, and muse Jennifer Chiba. It is commonly accepted that Elliot took his own life by stabbing himself twice in the chest with a kitchen knife, one of those wounds directly perforating his heart. At least that’s the story Chiba told to police as she was the only witness. She said she found Elliot standing at the kitchen sink with her back to her. When he turned around, she saw the knife sticking out of his chest. A struggle ensued and she pulled the knife out of his chest, then he collapsed. The Medical Examiner’s office never did rule it a suicide. They found what they called ” defensive wounds ” on his hands and arms. So yes maybe Elliot was depressed even suicidal. He had been struggling for years with both heroin and psych meds. And it was common knowledge he contemplated suicide. He penned a half dozen songs about it, but did he actually kill himself or did his lover kill him by stabbing him directly in the heart? If so charges were never filed and the case remains unsolved.

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Simon Ritchie died for your sins

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On this day 35 years ago, February 2nd, 1979, Simon Ritchie died of a heroin overdose in New York City. At the time he was out on bail and awaiting trial for the murder of his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen, who was stabbed to death several months earlier in the room they rented at the infamous Chelsea Hotel on New York’s Lower East Side. At the time of her murder, Simon better known as Sid Vicious, the former bassist of punk rock legends, the Sex Pistols was reportedly completely unconscious having ingested 30 Tuinals, a powerful barbiturate, according to eye witnesses at the scene. How someone who was that fucked up and couldn’t even lift up their head could have could have committed such a brutal crime is a mystery. Plus all who knew him said Sid would never even think of harming Nancy, the love of his life. But the NYPD charged him with her murder and never really investigated the crime further. When he died of an overdose it was a convenient ending to the unsolved murder case. No big deal just another dead junkie.

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Simon Ritchie R.I.P.