'Club kid' killer Michael Alig free after 17 years

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

NEW YORK Notorious "club kid" killer Michael Alig has been released from prison after serving 17 years for killing his roommate over a drug debt.

A South Bend native, Alig was released from the Mid-State Correctional Facility in Marcy, N.Y., on Monday.

The 48-year-old Alig was part of a decadent 1990s party scene characterized by wild costumes and rampant drug use. He pleaded guilty to manslaughter in 1997 for killing Andre "Angel" Melendez and dumping the body parts in the Hudson River.

The story was turned into the 2003 movie "Party Monster," in which Macaulay Culkin played Alig.

The newly freed Alig joked on Twitter that so many cameras were recording his release he felt like Kim Kardashian. He also tweeted a photo of his "first burrito of freedom."


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