'Club Kids' Founder Michael Alig Released From Prison After Serving 17 years
Michael Alig is out of prison after serving 17 years for killing his then-roommate over a drug deal gone wrong.
Alig is the co-founding member of Club Kids, a group of young, New York personalities whose notoriety grew in conjuncture with their elaborate and absurd antics. They're best known for dawning attention-grabbing costumes and heavy drug use.
Their fame grew to a point that Alig and his crew were on the payroll of several clubs owned by Peter Gatien for simply showing up. Gatien claimed their appearances at the clubs helped draw in customers.
During the heyday, the Club Kids were even invited to appear on a number of TV talk shows, including Geraldo, The Joan Rivers Show and The Phil Donahue Show.
Alig has become somewhat of a cult figure over the years, largely thanks to fellow Club Kids co-founder, James St. James. St. James authored a written account of the murder, Disco Bloodbath.
Alig's victim was Andre "Angel" Melendez. After pouring the cleaning product Drano down his throat, Alig dismembered and dumped Melendez's body into the Hudson River. Alig pled guilty to first-degree manslaughter.
The Club Kids were the informal spokespersons for the New York City club 'glory days,' which soon came to an end following the events of the murder.
Now out on conditional release from Mid-State Correctional Facility in Marcy, NY, Alig has already taken to social media to celebrate his release from prison.
Macaulay Culkin starred as Alig in a 2003 film titled Party Monster. The film followed the real-life stories of the Club Kids.
It's rumored that after watching the film, parole officers denied Alig parole back in 2006.