Michael Alig is an American convicted felon and club promoter. He was once one of the main ring leaders of the infamous Club Kids, a notorious group of streetwise New York City nightclubs who developed into a popular social group with the advent of hip-hop and rap music. The club kids took their original names from the places they frequented: such as “the clubs” (meaning any location where they went dancing) and “the joints” (meaning marijuana or other narcotic-related businesses). On the Club Kids website, you can see photos from parties featuring the likes of Lil Kim, Flavor Flav, P Diddy, and Big Daddy Kane.
On March 8, 1994, Michael Alig and three other men were found dead in a car in Westchester County, New York. Michael Alig’s body was found inside the trunk, which had been cut open with a large knife wound. His head had been severed at the top. His neck had been slashed open, and his hands and feet were hanging by a nylon cord tied to the seat. The other two men, identified as witnesses later, said that Michael Alig had been strangled with the rope and that the others were walking around him with knives drawn. Police discovered a bag of heroin hidden within Michael Alig’s pockets during a subsequent investigation.
A week later, another man was found dead in a Washington D.C. hotel. This time, however, the victim was identified as Michael Alig, who was being questioned as a suspect in the deaths of two other men. Neighbors called the police, thinking that they might have seen a guest come to the door, but when the authorities arrived, they discovered that the man was actually Michael Alig, dead from a self-inflicted knife wound. He had nothing else in his pockets, but that was enough for the police to file charges against him and to later find that he was in fact being held prisoner at the Washington D.C. hotel by an armed robber. This man, later identified as Dewayne Johnson, had been the one who had called the police.
After this discovery, police learned that Michael Alig had been found dead in a Washington D.C. washing machine, a victim of what is known as “hot compression.” This means that he had been compressed into a small bundle by the heat of the water inside. It was this discovery that led detectives to believe that Michael Alig was in fact being held prisoner in a Manhattan apartment and that there were links to his death that they could not find any way to tie to the robbery and the man with the knife.
The discovery of Michael Alig in a Washington D.C. washing machine did not prove to be the end of that mystery, however. The following month, Michael Alig and another man were discovered dead inside of a dumpster behind a shopping mall in Manhattan. Police thought that they had found the victims of a car crash, and the man who had been found dead was positively identified as Michael Alig, and that he had been serving a sentence of life imprisonment. A close examination of the scene by forensic experts revealed that Michael Alig had died as the result of a large, fatal heroin overdose. Once the path of heroin addiction had been traced back to this man, police discovered that Michael Alig had been serving time for another man’s dismemberment. Forensic evidence connected this man to another notorious crime in New York City that claimed the lives of seven other men.
The victims of this terrible crime were just two of the victims found dead in the garbage behind the mall. In fact, the police were still looking for two more men who were missing when the bodies were found. Michael Alig and his cousin, Mark Jaramillo, had been suspected in the murder of Mark Jaramillo, whose body was never found. Michael Alig and his cousin, however, were named as suspects in this case, after police learned that one of the bodies found in the dumpster was that of Michael Alig’s younger brother, Jameliah. Michael Alig and his cousin, Jaramillo, faced life sentences on the murder charges, because the district attorney, Kathleen Rice wanted to try the men for murder instead of using the more lethal heroin overdoses as instruments of their murders.
Michael Alig was tried and convicted and faced life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. There he would remain, at least while the appeals process continued, since even if he were to be freed in a full pardon by the president, he would then return to serving time for the rest of his life. This was not a pleasant prospect for Michael Alig, who believed strongly that he would eventually be free. Fortunately, however, he soon found work in the nightlife scene in New York City, where he became known as “the hooker who got rich.” Although he denies being a criminal, he says that part of him feels guilty for the deaths of his two cousins.
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