New York City’s most infamous club kid from the ’90s, Michael Alig, has been released from prison after serving 17 years behind bars for first-degree manslaughter. He pleaded guilty in 1997 to killing, dismembering and dumping the body parts of his then-roommate, Andre “Angel” Melendez, into the Hudson River over a drug deal gone wrong.
Check out this footage from one of Michael Alig’s parties:
Who is Michael Alig
Michael Alig (born South Bend, Indiana, April 29, 1966) is the co-founding member of the Club Kids, a group of young clubgoers led by Alig and his long-time best friend James St. James in the late 1980s and early 1990s. In 1996, Michael Alig pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Andre “Angel” Melendez in a confrontation over a drug debt.
Michael Alig and his movie Party Monster
Famously portrayed by Macaulay Culkin in the 2003 film Party Monster, the convicted killer Michael Alig stayed productive while on the inside. Read more: http://perezhilton.com/2014-05-05-michael-alig-party-monster-murderer-king-club-kids-released-prison-17-years#ixzz3101F1vFf
Michael Alig and Club Kids
Alig’s other protégés included Gitsie, Jennytalia, Robert “Freez” Riggs, Richie Rich, Charlie “Dash” Prestano, Amanda Lepore,RuPaul, and many other Club Kid personalities. The Club Kids’ outrageousness resulted in their appearing on the news and the television talk show circuit—they appeared on the Geraldo Rivera show five times.
Why was Michael Alig in Prison
Andre “Angel” Melendez worked at the Limelight, and after the bar’s closure by federal agents, Melendez was fired. With no job he moved into Michael Alig’s apartment. Increasingly affected by substance abuse, Alig and his friend Robert “Freeze” Riggs murdered Melendez after an argument over many things including a long-standing drug debt. Alig has claimed many times that he was so high on drugs that the events are quite cloudy. On December 9, 1996, Riggs confessed to police that on March 17, 1996.
Michael Alig’s prisoner number was #97A-6595. While incarcerated in the New York prison system, Alig was transferred from prison to prison and also spent time in the psychiatric ward at Rikers Island.
Michael Alig became eligible for parole in 2006. His first parole request, in November 2006, was denied, allegedly after parole officers watched the fictional movie based on Alig’s life Party Monster, starring Macaulay Culkin. He was again denied parole in July 2008. Alig was released from prison on parole May 5, 2014. Here is a photo of him reunited with his buddies from Club Kids:
This drug dealing murderer is now on the streets.
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