Ex-model who ate husband's body parts: 'I am not a monster'
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.
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.
-- Diana Marcum in Chowchilla, Calif.
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