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THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK
against
JOHN RITCHIE
Also known as SID VICIOUS
Defendant

THE GRAND JURY OF THE COUNTY OF NEW YORK, by this indictment, accuse the defendant of the crime of MURDER IN THE SECOND DEGREE, committed as follows:

The defendant, in the county of New York, on or about, October 12th, 1978, under circumstances evincing a depraved indifference to human life, recklessly engaged in conduct which created a grave risk of death to another person, to wit, Nancy Spungen, and thereby caused the death of Nancy Spungen by plunging a knife into her abdomen.

SECOND COUNT:

AS THE GRAND JURY AFORESAID, by this indictment, further accuse the defendant of the crime of MURDER IN THE SECOND DEGREE, committed as follows:

The defendant, in the county of New York, on or about Octoer 12th, 1978, with intent to cause the death of Nancy Spungen, caused the death of Nancy Spungen by plunging a knife into her abdomen.

ROBERT M. MORGENTHAU
District Attorney




OFFICE OF THE NEW YORK COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY
VOLUNTARY DISCLOSURE FORM

Defendant(s): John Ritchie aka Sid Vicious
Id./Docket no.: N867406 Ind. 04529/7b
Date prepared: 11/22/78
By: ADA Sullivan/Schachter

1. Occurrence: Date 10/12/78
App. time: Morning
Place: Chelsea Hotel, 222 w.23 Street

2. Arrest date: 10/12/78
App. time: Afternoon
Place: Third Homicide

3. ITEMS (IF ANY) SEIZED FROM THE DEFENDANT(S), WHETHER OR NOT CONTRABAND, INTENDED TO BE OFFERED BY PEOPLE AT TRIAL:
Knife, works (hypo, etc), clothing, blood samples, other personal property found at scene. A more complete list will be prepared.

4. NAMES, SHIELD NUMBERS, COMMANDS OF ARRESTING OFFICER AND OTHER POLICE OFFICERS VITALLY INVOLVED IN THE ARREST OR PRECEEDING POLICE WORK:
Det. Gerald Thomas 1893-3HZ, Sgt. Thomas Kilroy 1735-3HZ, P.O. William Sportiello 23218-10HZ

5. [X] IF CHECKED, NATURE AND EXTENT OF THE INJURIES AND PLACE AND EXTENT OF MEDICAL TREATMENT FOR ANY INJURED PERSON OTHER THAN THE DEFENDANT:
Dead at scene.

6. [X] IF CHECKED, PEOPLE INTEND TO INTRODUCE STATEMENTS MADE BY THE DEFENDANT(S) PURSUANT TO SECTION 710.30 (1) (a) OF THE CPL. SUCH STATEMENT APPENDED, or LISTED IN ITEM 21 BELOW.

7.[] IF CHECKED, PEOPLE INTEND TO INTRODUCE IDENTIFICATION TESTIMONY BY A WITNESS WHO HAS PREVIOUSLY IDENTIFIED THE DEFENDANT, PURSUANT TO SECTION 710.30 (1) (b) OF THE CPL:
Type of identification __________ Date Made __________ Place Made __________

8. PURSUANT TO SECTION 230.20 OF THE CPL. THE PEOPLE HEREBY DEMAND THAT DEFENDANT SUPPLY TO THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY WITH (a) THE PLACE OR PLACES WHERE THE DEFENDANT CLAIMS TO HAVE BEEN AT THE TIME OF THE COMMISSION OF THE CRIME AND (b) THE NAMES, RESIDENTIAL ADDRESSES, THE PLACES OF EMPLOYMENT AND THE ADDRESSES THEREOF OF EVERY ALIBI WITNESS UPON WHOM THE DEFENDANT INTENDS TO RELY TO ESTABLISH HIS PRESENCE ELSEWHERE THAN AT THE SCENE OF THE CRIME AT THE TIME OF ITS COMMISSION. WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME OF RECEIPT OF THE LIST SPECIFIED IN (b) ABOVE, THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY WILL SUBMIT A LIST OF ANY REBUTTAL WITNESSES, THEIR ADDRESSES AND EMPLOYERS:


The People v. Ritchie aka Vicious
VOLUNTARY DISCLOSURE SHEET SUPPLEMENT

Defendant made various statements to police officers and detectives at the Hotel Chelsea. To the first police officers he said in substance that:

- He didn't know what happened - he wasn't there.
- He discovered the body about 10:10 AM.
- He wished they would shoot or kill him.
- He also identified himself and the deceased.
To the detectives he said in substance that:

He and the deceased had taken tuinal that night and he went to sleep about 1 AM. Nancy was in the bed with him when he went to sleep. Nancy was on the edge of the bed flicking a knife. They had an argument.

He claimed when he woke up in the morning the bed was wet with blood. He thought he had "pee'd" himself. He found the deceased in the bathroom sitting on the floor (same position as found by police). She was breathing. She had a stab wound in her stomach.

He left her. he went out to get her methadone - at Lafayette Street. When he returned she was full of blood. He washed off the knife and he attempted to wash her off. When he could not wash the blood off her he called for help. He did not know what happened to her. They had slept the entire night through. At various time he said "my baby is dead" or words to that effect. He denied stabbing her (various times).

The defendant also said that he did not remember what their argument was about and that she hit him and he hit her on top of the head and knocked her onto the bed - but he did not knock her unconscious. He said "I stabbed her but I didn't mean to kill her. I loved her, but she treated me like shit.

At other times the defendant said the deceased must have fallen on the knife and that she must have dragged herself into the bathroom.

When asked why he had left the deceased in the bathroom, wounded, and went out to get his methadone he said "Oh! I am a dog" or similar words.



THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK VS John Ritchie, defendant.

Det. Kearcher #2206 being duly sworn, deposes and says that on 12-9-78, at about 1:35 a.m. at 35 W. 52nd St., NY, the defendant committed the offences of:

- Assault
- Possession of dangerous instrument

In that said defendants under the following circumstances: Deponent is informed by Todd Smith of an address known to deponent to the Assistant District Attorney, that at the above time and place, defendant struck informant in the face with a broken beer mug and kicked informant in the genitals, thereby causing serious physical injury requiring medical treatment.


Source: The Smoking Gun