Michael Alig, Infamous Club Kid, Is Getting Released From Prison after Murder Charge
If you've ever seen the movie Party Monster, starring Macaulay Culkin and Seth Green — or perhaps the "shockumentary" of the same name, or read the memoir it was based on by James St. James — then you already know the story: In 1996, Michael Alig, one of the ringleaders of New York's infamous nightlife scenesters the Club Kids (portrayed by Culkin in the film), was charged with the murder of fellow Club Kid Angel Melendez, to whom he owed a drug debt, and pled guilty to manslaughter. Now, after serving 17 years in prison, Alig will be released on May 5 — raising any number of questions as to what the king of clubs will get up to after all this time out of the world.
For example, as Black Book notes, the man who was once a keen media maven, puppeting an entire social scene, "has never used a computer or cellphone" — but they're sure to add that he "has remained keenly aware of the world we live in."
So does this mean he'll try to host some kind of comeback — re-enter the world of downtown after dark? Apparently, no. "There is no chance that he will return to clubs as a way of life," says Black Book, "but he will paint and write, and as always, try to impact the way we think."
Whatever he may choose to do, you can be sure that the world is going to have their eyes on Alig come May. Which, you get the feeling, is right where he would want them.