Thank you to CB for letting me cover this mess of a story. This is a film still of Macaulay Culkin from the 2003 movie, Party Monster. Mac played “King of the Club Kids” Michael Alig, an NYC promoter who helped kill drug dealer Andre “Angel” Melendez (played by Wilson Cruz of My So-Called Life). Also shown in this photo is Seth Green vamping it up as Alig’s buddy, James St. James. Chloe Sevigny played Alig’s love interest, Gertie. More on this in a moment.
I’m not sure what’s going on with Macaulay now. We heard some scary reports about him in 2012. He was supposedly addicted to heroin and oxy, but Mac denied everything. He spent a few years looking gaunt and unhealthy but surfaced last fall looking very alive and loved up with a new girlfriend. Then there were reports of him moving in with Pete Doherty. Mac also started a Velvet Underground cover band called the Pizza Underground, so who knows.
All of this dovetails with the recent prison release of Michael Alig. I’ve been circling this topic for a week and trying to resist. But the story keeps growing, and I can’t ignore it just this once. Journalists are kissing this guy’s butt, and it’s disturbing.
Most of you probably don’t know who Alig is, but the media remembers him. He served a 17-year sentence after confessing to manslaughter. Vanity Fair had a journalist greet Alig as he left prison and give him a lift back to NYC. In the past week, he’s been interviewed by HuffPo, the New York Times, Rolling Stone, People, and the New York Post. That last link contains a very graphic retelling of Alig’s drug-addled actions — his friend, Robert “Freez” Riggs killed Angel with a hammer, and Alig helped dismember and dispose of the body.
I recall the mid-1990s fervor surrounding Alig. He was featured in a Details cover story during the investigation into Angel’s death. Most people wouldn’t know him as anything more than a club-kid blip on Phil Donahue’s talk show. I’ve been checking in on Alig’s story every few years. He did a few television interviews from inside prison. He somehow maintained a Twitter account, but it turns out the Vanity Fair journalist was visiting him in prison and tweeting for him. A lot of people find Alig charismatic despite his horrific actions. His notoriety has only grown since leaving prison on Cinco de Mayo (and swiftly tweeting his first burrito of freedom).
According to this week’s issue of the Enquirer, Macaulay Culkin never forgot Alig. He reportedly loved playing the character so much and wants to help Alig out:
Macaulay Culkin is “adopting” a convicted killer!
The Enquirer has learned that the former child star has reached out to Michael Alig, the man he played in the 2003 film, Party Monster.
“Mac’s ‘adopting’ him in a way,” said a source. “Since Michael was once a night-club promoter, Mac’s going to see if there might be a spot for him to help do publicity and marketing for his band, The Pizza Underground, or maybe even work as a roadie.”
Another insider says that the 33-year-old Home Alone star empathizes with Alig, 48.
“Not only did he play that guy in a movie, which went on to be a cult classic and was the last noteworthy film mac has done to date,” the insider said, “but he relates to Alig because both of them have gone down the wrong path by doing drugs, as well as hving had run-ins with the law.”
As The Enquirer reported in a world exclusive in our Aug. 13, 2012, issue, sources said Macaulay — once arrested for drugs — was secretly hooked on heroin and also shooting the prescription painkiller oxycodone.
While Macaulay’s rep denied those claims, the story meade headlines around the world. Since then, sources say the actor seemed to have straightened himself out.
“In some perverse, weird sort of way, Mac is thankful that Michael’s story gave him the chance to expand his acting chops — taking him from the innocent, lovable boy he played in the Home Alone movies to one with a razor-sharp and evil edge.
“He’s reaching out to Michael in the hopes that he can help him transition from prison to the outside world.”
[From Enquirer, print edition, May 26, 2014]
I don’t know if this is true, but it sounds like trouble. Alig went into prison with a heroin problem and continued it for five years of solitary confinement. He claims to be sober now. Alig has expressed his remorse for killing Angel: “I feel guilty to be alive.” He also said that he watched Party Monster for the first time last week, and he was extremely uncomfortable with the graphic way the murder was portrayed. I guess Alig says there wasn’t any blood involved during the actual killing. It’s a revolting subject, and I won’t elaborate on it any more.
Alig has caught some heat for his celebratory tweets after leaving prison. He served his time, and he’s trying to reaquaint himself with “fabulousness.” It must be weird to come back to NYC and see a different skyline. And all those reality stars running around with butt implants. I do hear Alig is angling for a reality show of his own. Of course.
Happy to be free and so grateful for this second chance. Can't wait 2C @JSJdarling at dinner. #frenemy pic.twitter.com/AJwvtPcyFf
— Michael Alig (@Alig_Aligula) May 5, 2014
Screencap courtesy of YouTube; photos courtesy of Michael Alig on Twitter & WENN
I don’t even know.. hope it’s not true.
But I thought Mac could care less about publicity for Pizza Underground? I mean they sing about pizza right? I just thought he preferred underground with no attention?
how does one dismember a body and there not be blood? did he call and have someone drain the body?
They kept the body in a bathtub for a week, pouring ice and drano over it. Alig also poured drano down Angel Melendez throat after they smashed his head with a hammer. Alig is a sick piece of scum who made people drink his urine and vomit while he was a party promoter in his club kids days.
Ugh. I feel ill.
The really sad part of the story is that initially police didn’t make much effort to investigate Melendez’s disappearance. His family put up posters with an award for solving the case. NYPD just didn’t care much for a missing Columbian drug dealer. I think Michael Musto of the Village Voice kept mentioning the Alig and Melendez connection in his columns at the time which also eventually led to Alig’s arrest.
I think the documentary about the case is still on you tube.
Hey Hmmm, do you know what the documentary is called?
I believe they waited a long time (days?) before doing it.
Please let this not be true. It’s sheer madness. This person is a socipath and will be dangerous in some way to people until the day he dies. Someone fragile and a recovering addict does not need this thing in their life.
It might still be on you tube if you google Alig’s name or club kids. I remember seeing it some time ago. Very disturbing stuff. Alig seemed like a monster everybody kissed up to and nobody wanted to stop.
The Vanity Fair link (the one of him as he leaves prison) is appalling. I’m all for people doing their time and getting a second chance but it seems ghoulish the way there are some who appear to want to capitalize on his notoriety.
I followed this story, especially after seeing Mac in the movie.
I recently saw a documentary w/snippets of Alig being crass about the killing, and his friends and fellow partyers/druggies giving a play by play, even after the murder when he was erratically driving state to state after body parts were found on the shore.
Now that he is released, he supposedly has to check be in by 8p-I think he is at a half way house. He should still be incarcerated but in a mental facility, in my opinion.
He is so cocky, tragedy waiting to happen.
Alig bragged about the murder. He’s never shown any remorse. I don’t think he’s ever apologized to his victim’s family. The only thing that makes me not believe this story is that the scene in New York is so different now. There are no longer clubs like the Limelight and club kids have all grown up.
are you freaking kidding me? this is so disturbing to me. i am so sorry but you killed a guy, I don’t care what the circumstances are, i’m staying the eff away from you!
I just hope Mac stays the hell away from him. They may both be drug-addicts but one is a murderer the other is not.
Seriously. If this is true, I cannot imagine that it will end well. Mac seems like a gentle soul and this guy sounds like pure evil.
Someone who could do something so vile, so horrific, and so heinous to me doesn’t deserve to be let out of prison. He obviously has no regard for human life, and they should at least lock this evil piece of crap up and throw away the key. I couldn’t even read the details of the murder in the two page spread the NY Post had about it the other day. That a person could do that to another is mind boggling, and I hope this story isn’t true.
This story is a bunch of b.s. I doubt Culkin wants to hang with a murderer. Playing a part does not mean you want to later involve yourself with that person.
If anyone is interested, a good documentary on the club scene and the Alig scandal check out the documentary “Limelight” which focuses on the man who owned Tunnel and Limelight and the government’s bogus case against him. Worth watching.
Did you seriously post this story? It’s so obviously Bullshit. The National enquirer makes up a story about mac about every 3 weeks or so, they’re pretty much just taunting him.
This new notoriety of Aligs will be hopefully brief. If he hadn’t killed his drug dealer and gone to jail he eventually would have faded away like the rest of the club kids or would have OD’ed himself. While amusing and somewhat crafty he was more of a huge distraction than anything. He is close to 50 and has to properly function in society. Given his inability to accept responsibilty about what he did says a lot how he will actually be able to do so
Ugh, Alig. What a terrible human. I followed this story for a long time, but hadn’t realized he was out. What a terrible, terrible little man he is. It infuriates me that he is getting the “star” treatment now that he is out. WTF!?
The most disturbing part is that people actually follow him on twitter and are so super excited his out! Calling him sweet heart and such, who are these people! One person called out his followers asking how they could follow him and another person said something like, well you obviously don’t know much about him. What else do you need to know! Anyone that can do that to a human being is no longer human in my opinion. So gross
the same disturbed people who date and marry people in prison who are serving time for serious/violent crimes.
Some people are so shallow and misguided, they just want to be connected to someone “known.” They don’t care what that person is known for, even if it’s murder. It’s sick.
I thought party monster was awful
this is so disturbing.