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Ex-model who ate husband's body parts: 'I am not a monster'

October 6, 2011 |  4:59 am

Omaima Nelson

A woman who killed, dismembered and cooked her husband, then ate his body parts, told a parole board: "I am not a monster."

Omaima Nelson, 43, sought parole after 20 years behind bars, but the board rejected her request and she will remain in state prison on a term of 27 years to life for second-degree murder.

The hearing did give Nelson an opportunity to discuss the gruesome crime at a Costa Mesa apartment in 1991.

She insisted that her husband, William, was trying to strangle her when she hit him with a lamp, stabbed him with scissors and killed him.

"If I didn't defend my life, I would have been dead. I'm sorry it happened, but I'm glad I lived," said the one-time model from Egypt. "I'm sorry I dismembered him."

She denied eating her husband, despite testimony by her psychiatrist at her trial. "I swear to God I did not eat any part of him. I am not a monster," she said.

Orange County prosecutors opposed her release, saying she was still a danger to society.


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Photo: Omaima Nelson tells parole officials: “I swear to God I did not eat any part of him. I am not a monster.”

Credit: Diana Marcum / Los Angeles Times