Since his release from prison, Michael Alig has thrown himself back into the spotlight he craves by doing interviews with just about everyone—Rolling Stone, People, Vanity Fair, and a piece he wrote himself for the NY Post, to name a few. Alig was in prison for 17 years after murdering Angel Melendez, a crime he carried out with Robert "Freez" Riggs in 1996 during their Club Kids days. They used a hammer, duct tape, Drano, and eventually dismembered his body and threw it in the Hudson River. Troublingly, he seems more focused on placing the blame for taking another human life on drugs, and even the victim. The NY Times just published a little profile on a post-prison Alig, which includes this rationalization:
"So does he think of himself as a murderer? 'No,' Mr. Ailg said the other week before his release. 'I think of myself as a drug addict who made some really, really, really poor choices, like the worst choices ever. But I wouldn’t say I’m a murderer because we didn’t wake up that day and say, ‘Let’s go kill Angel.’' He laughed at that. 'I mean, you know, the distinction, it’s very slight. But in another way, it’s like night and day.' He still blames the drugs mostly but, when pressed, places some blame on Mr. Melendez himself. 'He focused on money,' Mr. Alig said. 'There were layers of animosity because he was profiting on our downfall, on our addictions. And we really resented him for that.'"
"Just don’t martyr yourself and don’t fake compunction either—I need you to really feel it, O.K.? And while you’re at it, don’t get too attracted to the glitz of whatever publicity you get (from people like me, for example). This time around, the ink is not for your legend after midnight, but for your heinous criminal acts, and that’s nothing to gloat about, dear Michael. Charity work—any charity work—would be a good way to take you out of yourself and to give back to the world in a way that might bring some gratification. Starring in reality shows or throwing parties (if anyone would let you) might sound appealing, but going down those hollow paths won’t lead to anything substantive."
In fact, Alig is currently pitching reality shows—from the Times piece:
"Many are reality TV shows that revolve around being a club kid today. His concept for a Project Runway-like contest: 'You have 15 minutes and anything in a deli to create a fabulous outfit,' he said. He plans to pitch that one to Vice Media. His spin on America’s Next Top Model: take two wannabe club kids from Podunk towns and with no money, plunk them down in New York with $1,000 and see if they can thrive 'on being fabulous,' he said. 'They may have to prostitute themselves. We had to. Maybe I, per se, didn’t.' That one goes to MTV."
While Alig may have served his time for the crime, encouraging kids to prostitute themselves for a little fame kind of makes it seem like the Party Monster inside is alive and well, no?