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New York's 'Club Kid Killer' Michael Alig released from prison



(Reuters) - An infamous former Manhattan party promoter, dubbed the 'Club Kid Killer' by tabloid newspapers for the 1996 death of a downtown partygoer, has been released from prison after serving 17 years, corrections officials said.

Michael Alig, 48, was a popular fixture in the '90s club scene in New York and gained notoriety for the killing of Andre "Angel" Melendez, whose body was chopped up and tossed into the Hudson River.

Alig and his friend Robert Riggs pleaded guilty to manslaughter in State Supreme Court in Manhattan in 1997. Alig was sentenced to ten to 20 years in prison.

Riggs told police that he knocked Melendez unconscious with a hammer and gave Alig 10 bags of heroin to chop up the body. He told police Alig and Melendez were fighting over a drug debt.

Melendez, known for wearing a costume of feathered wings, was a well-known figure in the downtown party scene.

Alig's infamy was revived in 2003 when he was portrayed by actor Macaulay Culkin in the biographical crime drama "Party Monster."

Following his release from the medium security Mid-State Correctional Facility in Marcy, New York, on Monday, Alig tweeted a photo of himself with the caption, "Happy to be free and so grateful for this second chance."

"W/ all these cams following now I know what @KimKardashian feels like!" he tweeted.

Alig will remain on parole until November 2016, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision said.

Riggs was released from prison in 2010.

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nobhill108 May 06 2014 at 6:58 PM

aside from being a murderous, drugged out club kid, he seems to be stuck in that era. he doesn't portray himself as mature in order to grasp the heinous act he did. and those tacky paintings. it's 2014 not 1997. life can be very strange.

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Phyllis May 06 2014 at 6:29 PM

He does not need to be out on the street ever. Chopped someone up are you kidding me!

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imhxn May 06 2014 at 6:27 PM

Beat someone with a hammer + drug them with 10 bags of dope + cut them up in pieces to conceal the crime + dump them in the Hudson River = 17 years in prison. Classic example of Liberal math !!!

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luplus2 May 06 2014 at 6:15 PM

Reward the guilty.

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luplus2 May 06 2014 at 6:15 PM

Reward the guilty.

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noteugene May 06 2014 at 6:10 PM

Unbelievable. Not that he got away with murder more or less but that he'd post a current pic of himself online after his release. Isn't the guy smart enough to realize there are more than likely quite a few who this pisses off enough to beat him like a rented mule? Or worse, do what he did to his victim? If it was me, I'd be grateful to be out & put an effort into keeping a low profile. Chutzpa but no brains.

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joelknowlton May 06 2014 at 6:07 PM

Congrat libs, now you may be next

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seattlewkr joelknowlton May 06 2014 at 6:15 PM

Really?

It's the O'Reilly's that believe everyone deserves an assault rifle.

Libs? What are you talking about?

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Mavenah joelknowlton May 06 2014 at 8:49 PM

oh shuddup

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mstienlee May 06 2014 at 6:05 PM

Yup, you Libtards sure love it when the hard cold murderers get released. This is what happens when you do not have the death penalty. Too bad the prison population is too over crowded and there are too many corruptions in the court system to really care; they probably keeps the small time drug users/pushers in longer than the cold bloody murderers like this guy. Ironic, huh?

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seattlewkr mstienlee May 06 2014 at 6:16 PM

And just looking at your photo, it's the liberals that allowed you to be in this country, it appears, right?

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Mavenah mstienlee May 06 2014 at 8:51 PM

mstienlee.... pleeze shuddup

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ronmountainman May 06 2014 at 6:04 PM

this is what happens when you've got a bunch of scumbags running the country.

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Mavenah ronmountainman May 06 2014 at 8:52 PM

yeah like your you know who?

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erwin.scheck May 06 2014 at 5:59 PM

How the hell did he not get life? This country is so soft it's sickening.

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joelknowlton erwin.scheck May 06 2014 at 6:07 PM

Liberalism = sick

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