New York City: Son of Sam, Sid and Nancy, Nicky B

Marcus is on a mission to rediscover the period of Big Apple history that haunts him most—the Manhattan of the late 70s, when the city was going bankrupt, crime was out of control and epic characters strutted a warped stage.

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Marcus in New York City
Marcus in New York City

Marcus in New York City

Marcus heads to NYC to try to find the city of the late '70s: the grimy, vibrant city where epic characters were well-known; some were even feared. 960 1280

  

Marcus Sakey and Michael Chapman in NYC

Marcus Sakey and Michael Chapman in NYC

Marcus starts his Big Apple adventure by taking a ride with Michael Chapman, the man who shot the movie Taxi Driver. Michael did a great job of capturing the city's essence on film, and Marcus wanted to get his take on how tough the streets of NYC were in the '70s. 960 1280

  

Marcus Sakey in Times Square

Marcus Sakey in Times Square

They tour the city and stop at one of the most famous attractions, Times Square. This bustling area looked much different in the '70s with prostitutes and drugs dominating the streets. 960 1280

  

Marcus leans on a poll in New York City

Marcus leans on a poll in New York City

One of the epic characters who held the city hostage in the summer of 1976 was the Son of Sam. This serial killer murdered 6 people and wounded 7. 960 1280

  

Marcus Sakey performs at The Inspired Word

Marcus Sakey performs at The Inspired Word

Marcus reads the letters written by Son of Sam over and over to see the world through his eyes. Marcus then performs a short story based on the letters at The Inspired Word, a performance space for poets, writers, comedians and musicians. 960 1280

  

Marcus and Jackie Bennett

Marcus and Jackie Bennett

Marcus discusses the Son of Sam case with psychic medium Jackie Barrett. 960 1280

  

Marcus Sakey and Joseph "Jazz" Hayden

Marcus Sakey and Joseph "Jazz" Hayden

Moving uptown, Marcus heads to the Seville Lounge in Harlem to meet with Joseph "Jazz" Hayden. Hayden was the right-hand man for Nicky Barnes, Harlem's biggest drug dealer. 960 1280

  

Marcus Sakey and Harlem Children's Zone COO Anne Williams-Isom

Marcus Sakey and Harlem Children's Zone COO Anne Williams-Isom

Since then, Harlem has been revitalized and Marcus gets a feel for it all from Harlem Children’s Zone's chief operating officer Anne Williams-Isom. 960 1280

  

Marcus Sakey writing under a NYC bridge

Marcus Sakey writing under a NYC bridge

Marcus looks into the story of punk rock singer Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols and his groupie girlfriend, Nancy Spungen. Nancy was found stabbed, with Sid passed out in the same hotel room. He was arrested for the murder. 960 1280

  

Marcus Sakey, Handsome Dick Manitoba and his wife zoey

Marcus Sakey, Handsome Dick Manitoba and his wife zoey

Many of Sid's friends and associates from the punk rock world couldn't believe that Sid could do such a thing. Marcus meets with Richard "Handsome Dick" Manitoba and his wife at their bar (a "temple of punk") to discuss Sid and Nancy. 960 1280

  

Marcus Sakey and Jimmy Webb

Marcus Sakey and Jimmy Webb

Marcus meets with Jimmy Webb, the owner of the legendary Trash and Vaudeville clothing store. He has one question for Jimmy, Did Sid kill Nancy? Jimmy, however, has other ideas and instead gives Marcus a punk rock makeover. 960 1280

  

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