New York City Club Kid Michael Alig, who spent 17 years in jail for killing a drug dealer over a debt and reportedly injecting him with Drano, was freed from jail on conditional release Monday morning.
Despite incarceration for the grisly killing of Andre “Angel” Melendez, Alig has maintained a dedicated fan base since his days as a nightlife king in the late 1980s and early 1990s, when he led the Club Kids, a group of partygoers made so infamous by their larger-than-life costumes and hard drug consumption that they were profiled on daytime talk shows such as Geraldo.
Alig, who along with co-killer Robert “Freeze” Riggs pleaded guilty to manslaughter for Melendez’s 1996 killing, cemented his cult status with several popular portrayals of his crime. James St. James, who was also a leader of the Club Kids, wrote a widely read book about the killing, Disco Bloodbath. The book was adapted into a 2003 movie, Party Monster, in which Macaulay Culkin played Alig. This casting effectively exposed a younger, Home Alone-watching generation of kids to Club Kid culture and its glitzy, albeit drugged-up, glamour.
Upon becoming a free man Monday morning, Alig has been quite busy, including an early run-in with authorities that almost landed him back in jail.
“Just narrowly escaped being re arrested for having my release filmed but we're ok and in our way to nyc! #narrowescape” Alig tweeted at 8:05 a.m.
Just narrowly escaped being re arrested for having my release filmed but we're ok and in our way to nyc! #narrowescape— Michael Alig (@Alig_Aligula) May 5, 2014
Since his release, Alig has also eaten a burrito and accepted an offer for an iPhone and a laptop.
Alig has recently told reporters that he wants to write a book about prison conversations, blog about his transition back to society and maybe volunteer at Gay Men’s Health Crisis.
His immediate plans, however, include getting together with other Club Kids, including St. James. At 8:33 a.m., he tweeted: “Happy to be free and so grateful for this second chance. Can’t wait 2C @JSJdarling at dinner. #frenemy “