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Gay 'Party Monster' Michael Alig freed from prison after serving for murder

LAST UPDATED // Wednesday, 07 May 2014 11:09 Written by // Sabine Brix

Michael Alig, co-founder of the Club Kids and notorious queer former party promoter in New York during the 80s and 90s, has been released from prison after serving time for first-degree manslaughter.

Now 47, Alig spent 17 years in jail after he was convicted of murdering and dismembering his flatmate Andre "Angel" Menendez and dumping his body in the Hudson River after a drug deal gone awry in 1996.

Initially up for parole in 2006, Alig was later denied after officers allegedy watched the 2003 film Party Monster starring Macaulay Culkin,  based on the promoter's rise, and eventual fall.

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[Image] 2006 Film Party Monster starring Macaulay Culkin as Michael Alig [left]

Alig rose up through New York's club ranks by starting as a busboy at NYC hotspot Danceteria in 1983, was then mentored by socialite James St James and later went on to run his own elaborate queer parties which were often drug-fuelled, debacherous and completely extravagant.

His arrest and conviction left a gaping hole in New York's party scene with Michael Musto, the Village Voice reporter who first broke Alig's murder story saying, "Alig effectively destroyed nightlife for many years. The killing happened during the Rudolph Giuliani era when nightlife was portrayed [by the Mayor] as evil. It became uncool for many years to go out in costume in any way."

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[Image] Club Kids in New York. Michael Alig [second from left]. Photo: Steve Eichner/Getty Images

Since Monday, Alig has sent a number of tweets expressing his joy at being released.

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Sabine Brix

Sabine Brix

Sabine Brix is the digital editor for Gay News Network.

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