‘Party Monster’ Michael Alig Released Through Prison After 17 Years


New York City’s most infamous club kid from the ’90s, Michael Alig, has been released from prison after serving 17 years behind pubs for first-degree manslaughter. He pleaded guilty in 1997 to murdering, dismembering and dumping the body parts of his then-roommate, Andre “Angel” Melendez, into the Hudson River over a medication deal gone wrong.

In celebration of his independence — and possibly of Cinco Sobre Mayo — Alig, 47, quickly feasted on a burrito after he or she was released Monday.


Alig’s story and the early ’90s club scene he dominated was chronicled in the 2003 movie “Party Monster, ” starring Macaulay Culkin as Alig.

After Alig was convicted of brutally murdering his friend, the glory days of the city’s club scene quickly came to a halt.

“Alig effectively destroyed nightlife for many years, ” Micahel Musto, the Town Voice reporter who first pennyless Alig’s murder story in 1996, told Paper magazine in Apr. “The killing happened during the Rudolph Giuliani era when nightlife has been portrayed [by the Mayor] because evil. It became uncool for many years to go out in costume in any way. “