Thursday, October 6, 2011
EX-MODEL WHO HAD HERSELF SOME BROILED, FRIED & BARBEQUED HUSBAND GETS HER PAROLE DENIED
LOS ANGELES - The former model convicted of killing her husband, boiling his head, frying his hands and nibbling his ribs with barbeque sauce was denied parole at a prison hearing Wednesday.
Omaima Nelson, who told a psychiatrist she dressed in a red hat, red heels and red lipstick during her 12-hour dismemberment "trance," appeared before prison officials in Chowchilla, Calif., claiming she's a reformed born-again Christian.
Authorities didn't bite and set her next parole hearing for 2026.
Her grisly murder of William E. Nelson, 56, over Thanksgiving weekend in 1991 has been likened to an act by the cannibalistic serial killer Hannibal Lector of the movie "The Silence of the Lambs," released earlier that year.
"There were suitcases and plastic bags soaked with dark liquid from his body parts. In the fry cooker there sat Mr. Nelson's hands, and we opened the refrigerator, there was Mr. Nelson's head with stab wounds," Orange County Senior Deputy District Attorney Randolph J. Pawloski told the Los Angeles Times.
"She had his entrails in his Corvette, and she was trying to get an ex-boyfriend to yank out the dentures from the head so she could dump it in the Back Bay," he said.
Pawloski appeared at the hearing along with the victim's daughter, who told parole officials how her father was taken from her when she was a 15-year-old high school sophomore and how he has missed her growing up and becoming a mother.
Prosecutors said the Egyptian-born woman stabbed her newlywed husband with scissors, hacked him up, ground portions of his body in a garbage disposal and likely plotted to flee with his cash and credit cards.
Omaira Nelson, who was 23 at the time, admitted frying the hands to remove the fingerprints.
She also mixed some of his body parts with leftover Thanksgiving turkey to hide them in the trash, prosecutors said.
Her psychiatrist said she confessed to her bizarre red outfit and also told him she dipped the victim's "tender" ribs in "sweet" sauce.
"I did his ribs just like in a restaurant," Dr. David Sheffer quoted her saying.
Her original defense lawyer said he thought she deserved mercy.
"She was a battered woman," Thomas G. Mooney told the Daily News. "The murder followed a series of abusive events with her new husband. He threw her cat out the window of a car going 75-mph. He handcuffed her to a chair.
And then he raped her, and she reacted in what she thought was self defense."
"All the dismemberment was a psychotic event triggered by the abuse and killing," he said.