Dear Michael Alig,
I want to first say, welcome back to the real world! I cannot even imagine how it was in there nor do I ever want to. 17 years is a lot for anyone to handle but I can say this, takes a lot of character to be able to come out and be able to look at life with a more positive look.
I am 23 years old and I am a Drag Queen who works in nightlife. I appreciate the things you did for this community and nightlife, you made it more mainstream and allowed it to be more accepting. As nightlife people, we bring excitement, entertainment, and just great times for the customers. We bring business to the venues and make the nights more FAB! You have to be a certain type of person to be able to handle this type of work. You created a type of lifestyle that people will take part in for years to come, thank you for that!
I have been seeing a lot of comments and posts from some people who are excited about your release and there are people who wish you would be murdered. The harsh comments I feel are unnecessary because I do not feel two wrongs make a right. As a tax payer and as a citizen in this country, I feel that if you can't do the time, don't do the crime. You served your time and should be allowed a second chance in this world. I am a strong believer that whatever we do in this lifetime, we will be judged in the after life. Your past will always be with you and your final judgement will be there waiting for you in the next life.
I hope with everything that is going on: the interviews, the fame, just everything, you take it and use it for the best. You have been a role model for a lot of people for years and you let down a lot of people with what happened. Now with this new freedom, you have the opportunity to give back and make a difference. Give back, GIVE back, GIVE BACK! Make the rest of your life a difference and as RuPaul says, "DON'T FU#K IT UP!" but if you have no clue what I am talking about, watch RuPaul's Drag Race.
A few more things before I let you go, I do not want you to think, I think what you did was right. I do not want you to think I am praising you and worship the ground you walk. I feel what happened was very disgusting and no one will ever forget it. But I respect the work you did in the past and I know you will do well in the future.
On that note, fly free bird, FLY and let your flight see many glorious sights!
With Much Love,
5/8/2014 11:59:41 am
Can't say I agree with you on this one Jizzabella , murder is one thing- there are "heat of the moment" crimes- but do you know HOW Alig murdered Angel Melendez? Alig hit Melendez on the head with a hammer a total of three times. Then he tried to smother him with a pillow, injected him with Drano,poured more of it down Melendez's throat and they duct-taped the mouth of the victim shut. The body of Angel Melendez was kept in a tub for of ice for at least three days- when the corpse began to smell, , Alig then cut the legs off the corpse, put them in a garbage bag and stuffed the rest in a box. Alig then threw the body of Mr. Mendez into the Hudson River. Alig received a sentence of 20 years for his crime- he served about 17 (committed with Robert Riggs who received the same sentence and is still in jail, to my knowledge) The family and friends of Angel Melendez received a LIFE sentence of pain and memories of someone they loved being taken from them in one of the most brutal crimes to date. Angel Melendez was 25 at the time of his death, Alig is now 48 years old. Alig gave no "second chance" for his victim-- why should he be given the privilege of one? True, none of the people involved (including Melendez) were spotless in their behavior- Melendez was a known heroin dealer-- but a relatively small debt resulted in a foul murder and brutal, disrespectful treatment of Melendez's body. My problem with Alig is that the brutality of the crime FAR outweighs any "remorse" he may now feel. I sincerely hope that Alig does good things with the rest of his life but for him to " fly free bird, FLY" is a statement that I cannot agree with. Ironic that the line I quoted from your full letter to Alig is " fly free bird, FLY "-- Mr. Melendez was know to dress as an angel in his night-life wear. To imply that Alig now "fly free" is negate the memory of the horrors he committed against Mr. Melendez. Alig served his time, but flying free is something, in my opinion, is no longer an option for him. Alig will, hopefully, give back something of value to the community, but he is NOT allowed to forget what he did-- THAT, my dear Jizzy, is the TRUE punishment for Michael Alig. I wish him well, but I cannot wish him "much love".
5/8/2014 12:00:23 pm
trust I am not saying he was right in what he did. I know though, what most people have seen and prolly experience, drugs have a huge influence on what we do. We are adults and we make the decisions in doing so, but once you do it, the drugs can change how you act. We were not there so we do not know clearly in detail what happened. We can only assume. I am not going to say think less of what was done because clearly what he did was a serial killer mind set. But he was a heavy drug user and I just know he was highly influenced by the drugs and the lifestyle. I was merely saying live your life freely, but to remember his past. I believe that everyone, EVERYONE should be given a second chance if they served their time. He has to live the rest of his life like Angel's family has to as well. If Angel's family murdered Michael Alig I would completely understand, as an eye for an eye. Angel could not get back to what happened to him, so I could understand why his family would. But for the fact of his life, he has to live with this guilt and I hope he lives with the guilt. I hope he does not live thinking he did nothing wrong. His second chance in life should come with stress, should come with the guilt, and hopefully with that guilt he will do better in this life and do give back to others. God will judge him and do what he feel is necessary. I am a compassionate person and I do not like to hate people or wish harm on others. I learn to forgive but not forget.
8/1/2014 07:54:44 pm
i don't hate the man-- alig. but i find it what he and his cohort did to angel. alig DID serve his time, but damn, that was a brutal death for angel. what kind of mind thinks of this? I really do wish alig well and hope that he does some good with the rest of his life. as for being under the influence of drugs and that contributing to murderous behavior-- i have been on EVERY illegal drug that there is to do and the worst i have done is puke or cry or yell. In order to have a murderous mind (drugs or no drugs) a person is likely a "anti-social-personality disorder" sufferer. what use to be called a "sociopath" . drugs DO lower one's inhibitions --but to devise a murder such as this- nope-- that is established and ingrained behavior. i sincerely hope the mr alig has gotten the therapy he so desperately needs and leads a fulfilling and fruitful life. RIP Angel Melendez-- your suffering is over now.
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