Let's Not Forget Michael Alig Brutally Murdered and Dismembered Angel Melendez, Then Bragged About It For Months

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For months after the killing--and before a piece of Angel Melendez's torso washed up on Staten Island--Alig bragged about the murder to friends. Per Owen:

Several confidential sources, only one of whom would speak on the record, claim that former Limelight promoter Michael Alig has told them that, his press denials notwithstanding, he did indeed kill his sometimes roommate Angel earlier this year. They say that Alig has made the stunning confession to a number of people, among them former New York club czar Rudolf, Chicago house diva Screaming Rachel, Calvin Klein model Genitalia, Limelight lighting director Arthur Weinstein, and Alessarndra Kobayashi, Limelight owner Peter Gatien's business partner and common-law wife.

Alig didn't forget that part, but he does try to rationalize it away. "I was less terrified about being caught than going to hell. I think that's why I confessed to Gitsie and some of the other people I knew," he writes in the Post.

In months that passed after the murder, while Alig boasted about it, Angel's brother Johnny was pasting posters up around Manhattan, desperately seeking any information about his brother's whereabouts, and trying in vain to get the police to open a case.

In his own version of the events, Alig dispenses with Johnny Melendez's anguish in two sentences. Johnny Melendez, he writes, "was badgering [the police] for answers. He was pressing the issue and was frustrated nobody was searching for Angel."

Eighteen years later, it's easy to see what's remained the same about Alig. He is still a shock artist, relishing details like the way he sprayed Calvin Klein cologne over Melendez's decomposing body, and a shameless self-promoter, enumerating to the Times his plans for shows he'll pitch to Vice and MTV.

It's less clear what, if anything, has changed since he went to prison for killing Melendez. He certainly doesn't seem reflective about his crime. The last sentence in his piece detailing how he murdered Melendez? "I'm glad I've survived."

Of all the media coverage that has been been lavished on Alig since his release, the lone bright spot is a brief aside in the Times that comes after a mention of the memoir Alig is writing: "Sample chapters have been sent to two literary agents, but no deal has been signed. The agents were concerned that the chapters didn't express enough remorse, Ms. Haynes said."

On the next page, read Michael Musto's 1996 columns that first broke the news, as well as Frank Owen's 1996 cover story, "Murder in Clubland"...



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djronniebruno1
djronniebruno1

What a bunch of judge mental crap. Alig has served the time for his crime so get over it. If you don't like the guy quit talking about him.

go2themax
go2themax

That sound so self-righteous it makes me sick. As other guy said here and said the same thing elsewhre "Were any other murderers released that day? Everyone knows a drug addict killed a drug dealer over drugs. It happens." LET'S NOT FORGET ANGEL WAS A DRUG DEALER..and in this kinda business shit happens!

upyours
upyours

Were any other murderers released that day? Everyone knows a drug addict killed a drug dealer over drugs. It happens. 

Matthew Alexander Boaten
Matthew Alexander Boaten

Pharmaceutical companies contribute to far more deaths and millions of people especially Americans remain ignorant and do nothing about it. Angel Melendez wasn't pushing HARD drugs, do your research -- he was primarily selling ecstasy.

gastonbachelard
gastonbachelard

This column is an example of the rank, unexamined moralizing that has come to pervade our media.

Of course, Alig's crime was hideous. It's an act of horror of the sort that seizes the public imagination and that the press, including you, Tessa, exploits.  Alig's story is one of near mythic proportions and nobody -- again, including you, Tessa -- stops to ask what about our culture right now makes that story so compelling. If you did that, you might make a significant contribution to understanding our obsession as witnesses and perpetrators of violence.

Alig, you don't seem to notice, paid for his crime, according to the court's sentence. Indeed, he even ended up longer in prison than he might have, had he become a "model prisoner." Further, just notice how you bandy the word "murder" around when Alig was convicted of manslaughter. (There is a difference, you know.) Your outrage that he is not sufficiently remorseful is absurd. He correctly explains how addicts are by definition sociopaths. I doubt that has actually changed. But -- funny thing about American justice -- you're imprisoned for a crime, not for a psychological problem.

When I read a column like this, I think about how our beloved media fails to call out the capital crimes of our dear president, who is clearly sociopathic. Instead, you look for tabloid stories of random acts of horror.

But I get it. Alig did his time. It's not enough for you. It will only become enough when you lose interest and move on to the next beheading.


debbie10020
debbie10020

thank you for writing a common sense assessment. it's not surprising that the Post would hire him. they're a breeding ground of low-life scum.

debbie10020
debbie10020

thank you for writing a common sense assessment. it's not surprising that the Post would hire him. they're a breeding ground of low-life scum.

boyawoken
boyawoken

No big deal. He'll be strung out and back in jail before you know it. Mark my words.

Christopher Garland-Smith
Christopher Garland-Smith

www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/the-party-monsters-return-michael-alig-talks-after-17-years-in-jail-20140515?utm_source=dailynewsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter

Fernando Riascos
Fernando Riascos

Just gross, I can see on this thread that there is a whole new generation of delusional soulless alig acolytes. Fucking piece of garbage alig was and always will be.

Christopher Garland-Smith
Christopher Garland-Smith

This is ancient history; it's not enlightening in any way and it's dangerous to live in the past. The Village Voice is an overrated rag anyway.

daisyjonessf
daisyjonessf

It always bothered me that Angel was dealing to kids, while he himself didn't use. Talk about calculating! 

Charles Bogdan
Charles Bogdan

There will never be clubs like Tunnel Studio54 and Roxy those days are gone , only those who got in the doors knows what happened inside

Mark Klein
Mark Klein

Alig will be a millionaire by 2015, watch.

Elyse Sollitto
Elyse Sollitto

Prick needs LESS coverage. STOP posting his sorry ass life. i was at the Limelight back then. Club kids were a legend in their own minds.

Eric Eddy
Eric Eddy

Stephen: No, just a bunch of scuzzy tech-yuppies that fired the entire staff and have turned the Voice into just another "media property" for their portfolio. There's nobody left. Not even Michael Musto. It's perfect though, because nowadays most "New Yorkers" are themselves yuppie/trust-fund transplants to whom the Voice is no different than amNew York. "Find another city..."

DontGetItTwisted
DontGetItTwisted

"Angel Melendez was once described as a quiet boy, very shy who, before falling in with the club crowd, dreamed of becoming an actor and filmmaker. But".. 


instead sold Heroin, after which he met up with Alig, and 


.."he was never fully accepted"


There are no saints in this story.

Stephen Marchese
Stephen Marchese

Did the Village Voice get bought by Rupert Murdock or something?

Cara Shaw Parrish
Cara Shaw Parrish

Thank you! If we're going to give this monster attention it better be negative attention. I don't think this murderer deserves any attention at all but this thread is actually more realistic. He should be rotting behind bars just like he let Angel's body rot in his bathroom. Sick Fuck.

Kim Valentine
Kim Valentine

Let's not forget that Angel attacked him first. Let's also not forget that the United states justice system gave him a sentence that he served.

Latisha Lala Acklin
Latisha Lala Acklin

So call the police if you're that concerned...don't hack a person to pieces and show not a hint of remorseChristopher McBride.

Christopher McBride
Christopher McBride

let's not forget that drug dealers (especially HARD drugs) contribute to the death and destruction of millions of lives everyday...

Stephen Marchese
Stephen Marchese

I understand. I am not trying to marginalize his crime. However, he went to jail and served his sentence. I know you want him to pay more but...It's not going to happen

DeWayne Talbert
DeWayne Talbert

Its f'd up but I wanna see and hear from Alig but I believe that he will not succeed because it's all he has to offer. There's too much going on today and too many 'stars' for the hype and morbid nostalgia to have a sustainable life. The beast must constantly be fed and Alig's serving rotten leftovers.

Matthew Alexander Boaten
Matthew Alexander Boaten

Doing time doesn't negate the fact that he dismembered another human being - he's a calculated monster who took someones life in the most horrifying manner.

Deborah Sharpe
Deborah Sharpe

Let's let him fade into the abyss and stop him from getting his celebrity freak on. No one should be cashing in on his story.

Corey Steven Haley
Corey Steven Haley

I think even the interview he gave recently where he said he sprayed Calvin Klein's eternity on the body to get rid of the smell shows he is a psychopath. He is sensationalizing his apology for his advantage. How he only got 17 years is beyond me. He must of sold out a lot of people for that plea bargain.

Heyheyhey1
Heyheyhey1

Manslaughter? Dismembering and pouring Drano down a mans throat! Manslaughter? Ok wacko whatever you say. I guess "manslaughter is less of an offense than using the N word nowadays. Moron

Heyheyhey1
Heyheyhey1

Actually the majority of those people were ugly and nobody else wanted them around, so they painted their faces to look like clowns and did drugs and called it creativity.

Heyheyhey1
Heyheyhey1

If he is then the karma will be much higher than it already will be. You don't do what he did and be how he is and become a millionaire and not have it go sour in the end. That he can take to the bank!

Heyheyhey1
Heyheyhey1

Right on. They tried to be the Warhol crowd and they all think they are celebrity icons which is laughable. Outside of that scene nobody cares.

debbie10020
debbie10020

no, Rupert Murdoch HIRED Alig for writing and other personal services, remember?

Heyheyhey1
Heyheyhey1

Angel attacked Michael first? Says who? How would we know when the body was dismembered, shoved underneath bath water and thrown in the river.

I believe as many other do is Michael killed Angel for the drugs he had on him.

I don't believe Michaels version for a second.

Heyheyhey1
Heyheyhey1

But are they celebrated?? That the difference here Christopher McBride!!

Heyheyhey1
Heyheyhey1

Says who? Don't ever count out karma Stephen.

jalonso1979
jalonso1979

There's not enough time you can do for callously killing and dismembering another human being. You wouldn't speak so lightly if he had murdered one of your loved ones.

Heyheyhey1
Heyheyhey1

He payed his time according to law not according to Karma. Stephen you need to get a soul. Your a vile human

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