The Club Kids co-founder Michael Alig, who murdered and dismembered drug dealer Andre "Angel" Melendez in 1996, is reportedly being released from prison on May 5th. According to Steve Lewis (an old friend of Alig's), "A check of official prison site by [another friend] Victor Corona confirmed the news." Alig has been up for parole since 2006, but has been denied until now. Lewis notes:
"He 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."
That may be true, but Alig has been Tweeting through the editor of his memoir:
19 days of punishment left, then it’s upward & onward on the road to redemption. #fastforward
— Michael Alig (@Alig_Aligula) April 16, 2014
Lewis, who has recently visited Alig at Mid-State, added, "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. I believe he has been rehabilitated."
In 1996, Alig and his friend Robert "Freeze" Riggs murdered Melendez, who had been living at his apartment (following losing his job at Limelight) and was attempting to collect a drug debt. They did this by hitting him on the head with a hammer, duct taping him, and forcing him to drink Drano.
Then, days later, they dismembered the body and threw it in the Hudson River. Riggs told the police, "About 5 to 7 days later, Michael and I decided we had to do something about this terrible mess. It was decided that I would go get knives or something to help dispose of the body." He "said he gave Mr. Alig 10 bags of heroin to chop up the body. The two men put the remains in a box, and Mr. Riggs poured in some baking soda to 'absorb (hopefully) some of the odor,'" and took a cab to the West Side Highway and 25th Street.
The murder was portrayed in 1998's Party Monster, starring Macaulay Culkin as Alig.