Infamous club kids killer, Michael Alig, was sentenced to 17 years behind bars in 1997 after pleading guilty to first-degree manslaughter for the death of fellow club kid, Andre “Angel” Melendez. Alig killed and dismembered Angel prior to dumping his body into the Hudson River. The story became well known when the cult classic “Party Monster” first aired, and ironically Macaulay Culkin played Michael Alig, the drug addicted club kid in the movie.
Michael Alig: King Of The Club Kids
Club kids were a group of young adults who not only promoted New York City clubbing in the ‘80s and ‘90s, but were nationally known for their elaborate and outrageous dress attire and drug abuse (mainly ecstasy, cocaine, and heroin). Michael Alig, who was king of the club kids, had gotten into an altercation with Angel over drugs, which ultimately ended in the death of Alig’s friend, drug dealer, and roommate in 1996. Alig’s other roommate, Robert Riggs, also known as ‘Freeze”, was sentenced to 10 to 20 years after he confessed to being an accomplice in the manslaughter.
Alig expresses his shame and disgust for his actions to the New York Post stating, “I was a selfish junkie who killed another human being. But that’s not the Michael Alig I am today, or the Michael Alig I was before I became an addict: the misfit from South Bend, Indiana, who came to New York in search of acceptance, opportunity and a whole lot of fun.”
Alig claims to be drug free now, and even tweeted upon release from his twitter account @Alig_Aligula: “Who needs coke when you can get a caffeine jolt from a Starbucks double espresso? #drugfree”
Michael Alig: Drug-Free
There are also those who suffer from mental health disorders as well as drug addiction, and we wonder if Alig could be suffering from both based on his actions 17 years ago. If Alig is suffering from a dual diagnosis and it goes untreated, he may find himself self-medicating once again. There is no cure for drug addiction, but it is treatable, provided that the addict is willing to work a program of recovery. In this case, only time will tell if Michael Alig will continue to stay drug free long-term and stay out of trouble, but the reality is that drugs and untreated mental health disorders have the power to kill.
These violent deaths are 100% avoidable if drug awareness, prevention, intervention, and treatment were talked about more. As a result of the stigma associated with the disease of drug addiction, there are millions suffering in silence and deaths are occurring as a direct result. Mental health and drug addiction are a very serious matter and until the focus is brought onto these issues, we will continue to see more violent crimes such as this.
If you know someone has a drug abuse problem, please say something. It could mean the difference between life and death!
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