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Michael Alig Is Getting Out of Jail

Michael Alig (Photo by Steve Eichner/WireImage) *** Local Caption ***
Photo: Steve Eichner

Notorious “King of the Club Kids” Michael Alig — portrayed by Macaulay Culkin in 2003’s Party Monster — will be released from prison on May 5, his old friend Steve Lewis reports at BlackBook. Alig has been eligible for parole since 2006, after murdering his roommate/drug dealer Angel Melendez in 1996, eventually chopping up the body and disposing of it in the Hudson.

Michael has never used a computer or cellphone but he has remained keenly aware of the world we live in,” says Lewis. “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.”

In 2007, Alig spoke to New York’s Jonathan Van Meter. “What will happen when I get out, I hope, is that I will be able to convince some of these people who think that what I’ve done is cool not to go down the same path,” he said. “I know in my heart and soul that I have the ability to become a Larry Tee or a RuPaul, one of the successful ones who is able to lead a creative, artistic, even edgy lifestyle. You can be edgy without being self-destructive. I know that I’m smart enough to do it. I’m smart enough to do anything.”

In an interview earlier this year with the Daily Beast, he had some other big ideas. “Do you think it would even be possible now to throw a party on the Williamsburg Bridge? I wonder if now you have to sneakily get a permit and not tell anybody, just make everybody think it’s illegal. Because I cannot get arrested,” said Alig. “Have you ever been in the abandoned subway tunnels? I really want to go exploring those. I would love to do an art gallery down there.”

Michael Alig Is Getting Out of Jail