Michael Alig, co-founder of the Club Kids, who gained notoriety in the New York club scene in the early '90s — then became infamous after he killed and dismembered his friend and drug dealer — has been released from prison after serving 17 years in jail.
Alig, 47, who admitted that he smothered 25-year-old Andre "Angel" Melendez, then chopped up his body and threw it into the Hudson River, plead guilty to manslaughter in 1997 and was sentenced to 10 to 20 years in prison. He has been up for parole since 2007, but was denied his conditional release until today.
Alig's accomplice, Robert Riggs, also plead guilty and served time for the killing of Melendez. He was released in 2010.
Alig was portrayed by Macaulay Culkin in the 2003 film Party Monster. Seth Green played his long-time best friend and rival James St. James.
During his stint in prison Alig maintained his cult hero status through a blog and Twitter account — he dictated tweets for @Alig_Aligula to a friend over the prison phone. According to his Twitter bio, he also wrote a book in prison, titled Aligula.
St. James posted an open letter on his website to welcome Alig back into the world, and listed all the things Alig needs to catch up on since the '90s when he was last a free man (Facebook, Memes, GIFs, Grindr, Cronuts...).
Funny side note: Drug dealers almost always have Party Monster on. Or Kill Bill Volume 2. Literally WITHOUT FAIL. Every drug dealer's apartment you will ever go to (and I'm not advising you to got to any… but) there they are. There YOU are. On a loop.
Drugs. Omg, there are so many new drugs that I'm advising you not to do. You can't, of course, because you're on A SPIRITUALLY ENLIGHTENED PATH now – planting trees in Angel's name and building homes for orphans and whatnot. The last thing we need is for you to chew off some hobo's face while high on bath salts. But there's a WORLD of new synthetic drugs you should AT LEAST be aware of: K2, Salvio, Meow Meow…
OH. There is ONE drug that you really OUGHT TO TRY. You'll just love it, I know it.
NO SIDE EFFECTS. And NO ONE WILL EVER KNOW you've done it.
It's called krocodil.
Really, Michael, I'm just going to get a tiny, little gram of krokodil as a getting out present…. Thank me later.
Michael Hayes is a senior reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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