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Episode #11 | 6.19.18

Michael Alig: If a Club Kid Kills, Stuffs The Body In a Box and Tells The World About It, Will Anybody Listen? 

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In March 1996, “King of the Club Kids”, promoter Michael Alig, after appearing on TV’s Geraldo and on the cover of New York Magazine, bashed his friend and DJ, Angel Melendez in the head with a hammer, who died quickly. His body was then dismembered and stuffed into a duct taped cardboard box. Alig proceeded to tell any one of his friends from the raging 90s NYC club scene who would listen, what he had done, but the problem was, Alig’s well known, over the top depraved behavior was such that no one believed him.

“Has anyone seen Angel?”

“He’s dead. I cut him up and put him in that box over in the corner…”


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Disgraceland is a podcast about musicians getting away with murder and behaving very badly. It melds music history, true crime and transgressive fiction. Disgraceland is not journalism. Disgraceland is entertainment. Entertainment inspired by true events. However, certain scenes, characters and names are sometimes fictionalized for dramatic purposes.


Score by Jake Brennan.

Mixed and Engineered by Sean Cahalin.

Disgraceland theme song, "Crenshaw Space Boogie" written and produced by Jake Brennan. Performed by Jake Brennan, Bryce Kanzer, Jay Cannava and Evan Kenney. Mixed and engineered by Adam Taylor.

This episode featured the songs, "Primetime Sexcrime", "Love Songs" and "Ain't That Cold" written performed and produced by Bodega Girls with Adam Taylor and Paul Q. Kolderie. 

*illustration by Avi Spivak @avispivak