Last week, it was reported that infamous Party Monster Club Kid Michael Alig was out of jail after serving seventeen years for the murder of Andre “Angel” Melendez over a drug debt. In 1996, he pleaded guilty to the crime.
Now, the New York Post has given Michael Alig a chance to tell his own story, in his own words. It's the kind of haunting memoir that can only be drafted after spending years in a prison cell- away from the spotlight, the clubs, the drugs, and the excess associated with late 80s/early 90s New York.
The drugs weren't just cocaine- it was also ecstasy, rohypnol, ketamine, and yes, even heroin. Alig's article cuts right to the chase and throws you into his state of mind. Yes, he's apologetic and remorseful now, but you can see, almost as if you were present back then, his state of mind on that cold night in New York City. Alig writes:
It was just after we had heaved the cardboard box containing Angel’s remains into the Hudson that we heard the deafening sound of helicopters. Police searchlights blinded us as we cowered by the roadside, raising our hands above our heads.
In truth, there was no 4 a.m. swoop on that dark, chilly morning in March 1996. It was a figment of our drug-addled imaginations. Our day of reckoning on the West Side Highway was a paranoid hallucination caused by panic, fear and the mountain of heroin we’d consumed.
Yet the dismembered corpse that Freez and I threw into the river and the sickening crime we had committed were all too real.
Alig's story is graphic, violent and brutal. Somehow, it makes some sort sick sense when you see how far out of hand things had become. It's not a redemption narrative as much as it is a story of self realization, perhaps after completely losing one's self. It's an honest look at what often lies behind the glitz and glamor of club life- minus the Hollywood filter.
Read the full story on the New York Post