1996: A Murder In Clubland After rumors swirled that Alig was behind the disappearance of Melendez, Village Voice columnist Michael Musto first published a detailed account of the killing without using names. Voice investigative reporter Frank Owen then wrote a cover story casting suspicion on Alig and detailing the grisly death of Melendez, who was killed, dismembered and dumped into the Hudson River in March 1996. Nineteen months later, Alig was sentenced to 10 to 20 years in prison.

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