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NYC Club Kid Founder And Murderer Michael Alig Will Leave Prison In May: VIDEO


According to Blackbook, on May 5th Michael Alig — the gay founder of the 1990s New York Club Kids scene — will get paroled from prison after serving 17 years for the murder and dismemberment of Andre “Angel” Melendez.

The now 47-year-old Alig began serving time on October 24, 1997 after pleading guilty to manslaughter. He and his accomplice Robert Riggs murdered Melendez during an argument over a drug debt. After Riggs hit Melendez with a hammer, the men forced Drano into Melendez’s body and put the corpse in a tub filled with ice to prevent its decomposition. A few days later, Alig dismembered the corpse and threw the remains in the garbage and the Hudson River. Alig claims to have been on so many drugs at the time that he does not clearly remember the ordeal.

In 2013, Blackbook said of Alig: “The mixing of his club kids with the ravers, the model crowd, the art crowd, and the hipsters at Tunnel and Palladium looked easy at the time, but is rarely duplicated today.”

ClubkidsIn another 2013 article, Alig’s friend Steve Lewis told Blackbook, “[Alig] believed that those who surrounded us were ready to break out into mainstream America. He saw them as the future fashion designers, photographers, artists, stylists, etc.” Lewis added that Alig brought current drag luminaries like RuPaul and Lady Bunny into the limelight and that Alig worked as if he were the creative descendant of Andy Warhol.

Lewis most recently told Blackbook about what Alig might do after leaving prison:

“[Alig] will be staying with a close friend, and has been recruited for creative jobs by many. His transition to the real world will be eased by a support group who, for the most part, have stuck by him for more than a decade and a half. Michael has never used a computer or cellphone but he has remained keenly aware of the world we live in. There is no chance that he will return to clubs as a way of life, but he will paint and write, and as always, try to impact the way we think.

… during my visits to him in prison I observed the Michael Alig that I loved—the Alig prior the downfall. I believe he is ready to enter the world, and that reentering will be a good thing. No one, no act, no time, no hatred will bring back Angel, but Michael has served a great deal of his adult life in a bad place. I believe he has been rehabilitated. I believe he is forever remorseful and I look forward to his redux. To those who say nay, I respect that, but hope chances are given, and that we can move on. It is a time to remember Angel and reflect on the meaning of life. For me, forgiveness is part of it.”

Alig’s rise and fall among the NYC club scene has been examined in the 1998 documentary Party Monster: The Shockumentary, James St. James’ 1999 memoir Disco Bloodbath: A Fabulous but True Tale of Murder in Clubland as well as the 2003 movie Party Monster in which Macaulay Culkin played Alig.

You can watch Alig’s 1993 interview with Joan Rivers and the trailer for Party Monster AFTER THE JUMP...

Alig’s 1993 appearance on The Joan Rivers’ Show:

2003 Party Monster trailer:

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  1. Wow. This guy needs to be under the prison, not leaving it.

    Posted by: Michael W. | Apr 17, 2014 8:56:04 AM

  2. He has not been rehabilitated and is lying about not using a computer. He has maintained (through proxies) an active (and quite vile) Twitter account.

    Posted by: Little Twatti | Apr 17, 2014 8:57:20 AM

  3. He's served his time so of course he should be released.

    It never ceases to amaze me how bloodthirsty our nation is for revenge.

    Posted by: MaryM | Apr 17, 2014 9:12:42 AM

  4. Good luck, Michael. It's a different world now. Keep your nose clean.

    Posted by: JimmyD | Apr 17, 2014 9:14:57 AM

  5. Wow, don't piss this guy off. And only 17 years for such a gruesome murder?!

    Posted by: Scary | Apr 17, 2014 9:15:39 AM

  6. Bernie Madoff gets 150 years for stealing money and this guy get 17 years for a gruesome murder?! Just goes to show you that in the USA money is more important than life;
    hence the guns laws and lack of healthcare.

    Posted by: What the? | Apr 17, 2014 9:22:29 AM

  7. I am friends with a lot of the NYC club kids and its disgusting how they're like "party time!", this guy poured draino down a guy's mouth and then chopped him into pieces.

    Posted by: michael | Apr 17, 2014 9:23:05 AM

  8. Are you being serious, MARYM? This isn't about being bloodthirsty for revenge, it's about wanting justice for someone whose life was taken away. The justice system in this country is a massive joke. 17 years for murder, reduced to manslaughter? It was murder, plain and simple. There is no way this guy has paid his debt to society. He doesn't deserve to live with society.

    Posted by: Michael W. | Apr 17, 2014 10:50:54 AM

  9. That's Richie Rich in the Joan Rivers vid. Not Alig.

    Posted by: iamcoveredinskin | Apr 17, 2014 10:52:21 AM

  10. That's not Michael Alig in the Joan Rivers clip, but Ritchie Rich.

    Posted by: PeteyPoor | Apr 17, 2014 10:57:58 AM

  11. I can't believe that Michael Alig is being released from prison for what was an extremely brutal crime that should have given him a life sentence without parole!

    Try telling the family and friends of Andre Melendez that Alig has been "rehabilitated". I seriously doubt Alig has been rehabilitated at all. Alig has never--I mean, never--expressed any sincere remorse for what he did.

    Who in the hell would want to be associated with Alig now? What "creative jobs" could there possibly be for someone whose main specialty was ripping everybody else off for ideas and sugar-coating them with an icing of Special K?

    If I were Michael Alig, I'd get as far away from NYC as possible and lay very, very low. There are some people who have NOT forgiven and have NOT forgotten what he did to Andre. They are NOT going to be very happy about Alig's release. Not. At. All.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Apr 17, 2014 11:11:58 AM

  12. The Justice system is not about revenge marym. It does not, to me, seem that justice has indeed been served.

    Posted by: Jeff | Apr 17, 2014 11:43:46 AM

  13. Good grief. This psycho should locked up for life.

    As for being on an assortment of drugs at the time being used as some form of excuse, I never, not once, murdered and dismembered a corpse ina bath tub while using drugs. You have to be one effed up individual to do thr kind of things this psycho did. He's not fixed. You can'tfix that kind of sick.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Apr 17, 2014 1:11:03 PM

  14. Why are "club kids" celebrated to begin with? Is this the kind of lifestyle that we want to be endorsing? It seems to me that "club kids" are the type of people we should try not to be.

    Posted by: Lucas | Apr 17, 2014 1:49:57 PM

  15. Like it or not, the plea deal was the best that the DA could have gotten. To get a murder conviction, prosecutors would have to prove premeditation and intent, and with Alig as whacked out on drugs as he claims, proving that he was even capable of forming credible intent ahead of the killing to the agreement of twelve jurors would have been asking a lot.

    That's our justice system, kiddies.

    Posted by: Jerry | Apr 17, 2014 3:59:00 PM

  16. There's also the fact that the victim was an immigrant and drug dealer, and his family couldn't afford decent legal help. Again, justice is money.

    Alig would be a fool to try to make it big in NYC again, but I'm sure he'll do it anyway because, after all, he's a fool.

    Posted by: Paul R | Apr 17, 2014 5:52:39 PM

  17. The OXD Mirror we just found you a new host!

    Posted by: don't a tell la | Apr 17, 2014 10:52:58 PM

  18. Of course he'll do well. We have that creepy photographer who has his underage women models call him "uncle" while he molests thin in the name of "art".

    His notoriety will be his calling card and he will indeed cash in. A sad commentary about our culture.

    Posted by: kdknyc | Apr 18, 2014 7:18:39 AM

  19. One wonders how Michael Alig will come to handle the new world and how in turn the new world will handle him. What was once a dizzy fantastic eccentric ride in clubland and the creatives has now morphed into a paradigm where bottle service, velvet ropes, boozy suburban boys and girls is the name of the game…

    Aren't we just more in love with the legend of Alig than the man himself....?

    Posted by: scallywag | Apr 18, 2014 7:41:18 AM

  20. Umm, anyone with half a brain who has read the details of his parties and met the man and his acolytes will tell you, I sincerely hope, that there's no love for either the "legend" or the man. He was like that relentless, twerpy kid in second grade you wanted to smack so that you could talk to the third graders. After that he didn't even register (say, once you were making it big in junior high with your one or two friends) until he became a 24 a day train wreck and magnet to attract other damaged goods.

    And I consider myself a fairly damaged good...but there are limits.

    Posted by: Paul R | Apr 18, 2014 9:44:29 AM

  21. He belongs in prison for the rest of his life. He not only murdered someone but he dismembered his body then threw the body parts away like so much trash. He is not only a sociopath but a psychopath who is more than capable of committing murder again. Let him rot!

    Posted by: rebarb | Apr 19, 2014 5:18:57 PM

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