10/5/2011: Former Egyptian model Omaima Aree Nelson, now 43, who was convicted of the murder of her husband of less than one month, William E. Nelson, 56, was once again eligible for parole and was, again, denied.
In her defense, Nelson failed to convince a jury that spousal abuse and former child abuse at the hands of her family caused her to kill her abusive husband in self-defense with a pair of scissors and an iron when he brutally attacked her one night before Thanksgiving in 1991.
A court psychiatrist testified that after the murder she donned a pair of red shoes, a red dress, a red hat and red lipstick before tying him to the bed and spending days chopping up his remains. Neighbors from the couple's Costa Mesa, Calif., apartment building testified that they heard "constant chopping sounds" and that the garbage disposal was on for two days straight. Evidence revealed that she cooked her husband's head on the stove, skinned his torso, breaded and deep fried his hands, and planned to leave his skull in the back bay. She confessed to dipping his ribs in barbeque sauce and tasting them, saying, "Nothing tastes as good as the man I married." Once she finished chopping him up, Nelson divided what was left into garbage bags, which she took to various old boyfriends' homes offering $75,000 for help with disposing of the contents.
Nelson, then 24, was sentenced to 27 years to life and was eligible for parole in 2006. Her first bid for release was denied. The Orange County district attorney's office opposes freeing her now on the grounds that her crimes were especially heinous, and that she had a history of violence before killing her husband. Orange County Senior Deputy District Attorney Randy Pawloski, an original prosecutor in the case, attended Nelson's parole hearing and reviewed the crime for the board saying at one point, "The honeymoon ended as dramatically as any in American history." That would be an understatement.
It is worth noting that there are still 80 lbs. of Mr. Nelson missing.