Punk historian Alan G. Parker feared he'd upset the ghost of Sid Vicious when he started researching his new documentary "Who Killed Nancy?" because the ex-Sex Pistols star walked right through him. Parker visited the Bank Street home in New York where the tragic rock icon suffered a heroin overdose and died in 1979 and was allowed access to the bedroom where Vicious' body was found and he immediately felt unwelcome.
The documentarian explains, "I had been talking to the guy who now lives there for various research on Sid for books I've written. I got to the house and this guy Howie is a lovely little fellow and he invited me in and asked if I'd like to go into the bedroom where Sid died."
"I'd probably been in every building Sid entered in his short life. It was December and freezing in New York and I had a big huge duffel coat on and I walked into this warm bedroom and felt as though something passed right through me and it was really, really cold!"
"I turned around, said thanks for letting me in and walked straight out back into Greenwich Village... I was really freaked out by the place. I thought, 'You've done all this stuff in your life, maybe this is a bridge too far'."
And it seems the spirit of Sid was right to be wary of a writer/filmmaker investigating whether or not the punk star killed his girlfriend Nancy Spungen - his finished film is a very revealing one and could stain the Sex Pistols star's legacy. Parker adds, "I spent the last months with Sid when he was in England and I was intrigued by the idea of 'Did Sid kill Nancy?' "
"For 24 years, I believed that the answer was no. I tell audiences that I've screened the movie for, 'I'm going to make you a member of the NYPD for one evening. You watch 19 years worth of evidence and, at the end, you tell me, do you think Sid killed Nancy?' "