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. In 1997, he plead guilty to killing, dismembering and dumping the body parts of his roommate, Andre “Angel” Melendez, into the Hudson River over a drug deal gone wrong.
In 2003, Alig’s story was documented in a film called “Party Monster.” Actor, Macaulay Culkin, played Alig.
After Alig’s conviction, the city’s club scene quickly came to a halt. According to the Village Voice news “Alig effectively destroyed nightlife for many years.” Michael Musto, the Village Voice reporter, stated “The killing happened during the Rudolph Giuliani era when nightlife was portrayed by the Mayor as evil. It became un-cool for many years to go out in costume in any way.”
To celebrate his freedom, Alig, who is now 47-years-old, posted a photo on Twitter, with a huge smile and captioned it “Happy to be free and so grateful for this second chance.” He later posted a photo of himself eating a burrito, which I’m sure was a very enjoyable feast compared to prison food.