Notorious Nightlife ‘Party Monster’ Michael Alig Released from Prison

By Scott T. Sterling

Way, way back in the mid-’90s, the New York City club scene was ruled with a bedazzled fist by one Michael Alig, whose over-the-top parties and real-life theatrics made him a nightlife star before he was sent to prison for the murder and dismemberment of drug dealer Andre “Angel” Melendez. Alig’s exploits were turned into the 2003 full-length feature film, Party Monster, starring Macaulay Culkin and Seth Green.

Earlier today (May 5), Alig was released from the Mid-State Correctional Facility in Marcy, NY. According to Alig’s highly entertaining and colorful Twitter account, the hoopla surrounding his release almost landed him back behind bars .

Alig was quick to enjoy the fruits of freedom, taking in a Mexican lunch, followed by the once drug-addled party king indulging in some Starbucks espresso in lieu of cocaine.

While Alig adjusts to his freedom in a world wildly different than the one he left behind, stalwart New York nightlife denizen James St. James has penned an open letter to Alig about life in 2014. St. James penned the 1999 book, Disco Bloodbath, upon which the Party Monster movie is based.

“You aren’t going to believe this one: Clubs play top 40 now,” St. James wrote in his letter to Alig. “Rihanna, Britney, Katy Perry. That’s it. It’s very sad. The scene has changed. Clubs aren’t the subversive pleasure palaces of yore. Now, it’s just a thousand shrieking girls taking selfies and dancing to ‘Wake Me Up’ by Aviccii.” Read the entire letter here (via The Wow Report).







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