Omaima Aree Nelson, Who Killed, Chopped Up, Cooked and Ate Husband of 2 Months, Seeks Parole

UPDATE, MON., OCT. 3, 2011, 2:45 P.M.: Omaima Aree Nelson and the Prosecutor Trying to Keep the Model-Cannibal in Prison--"I Did His Ribs Just Like in a Restaurant"

ORIGINAL POST, TUES., SEPT. 30, 2011, 4:15 P.M: How could I forget that Thanksgiving weekend 1991 rampage? Egyptian-born model and 24-year-old nanny Omaima Aree Nelson bludgeoned, skinned and chopped up her husband of two months--and twice her age--in their Costa Mesa apartment. With her olive skin, slender form and impeccably dressed in red hat, red high heels and red lipstick, the newlywed went on to hold marathon sessions grinding the deceased's body parts in the garbage disposal. But she just couldn't get rid of all of 6-foot-4, 230 lbs. of William E. Nelson, criss-crossing the county in his red Corvette with trash bags filled with human remains she hoped ex-boyfriends would help her make disappear. So, she boiled, breaded, deep-fried and--yes--ate body parts, dipping the ribs in barbecue sauce and later joking, "Nothing tastes as good as the man I married. It's the sauce that does it."

Bill Nelson's head was decapitated and cooked. His severed hands were fried in cooking oil. When all was said and done, 80 pounds of him were never recovered.

Yeah, you normally don't forget a case like that. Apparently all the other, predominantly less gruesome crimes since then clogged my memory so much that I actually had to be reminded of Omaima this week by Orange County Register reporter Larry Welborn's exhaustive article on the convicted murderer seeking parole next week.

That took me back to her 1993 second-degree murder conviction, which allowed for these dog-and-pony parole hearings. Nelson should have been locked up forever and had the key deep fried, dipped in BBQ sauce and shoved down her throat.

Deputy Disttrict Attorney Randolph J. Pawloski told jurors Nelson was a "predator" who planned to flee the area with his car, cash and credit cards after the grisly slaying. During the investigation, it was revealed that Nelson tied up and demanded money at gun point from Robert Hannson of Huntington Beach in November 1990. Pawloski argued this was part of a pattern of Omaima using her looks to seduce men and then turning violent once alone with them to get what she really wanted. This culminated in her shackling her husband to a bed during what he believed to be sex-play. Instead, she murdered him with a pair of scissors and an iron and then began dismembering him.

Neighbors said it seemed as if the garbage disposal in the Nelson unit ran non-stop for two days.

At trial, a psychiatrist diagnosed Nelson as psychotic, party due to her having been molested and beaten since she was a little girl in Egypt, where she also underwent female circumcision. Deputy Public Defender Thomas G. Mooney honed in on this to create a murderer-as-victim defense, accusing a dead man who was not present to defend himself of having repeatedly raped and beaten his young wife. It was a particularly brutal assault by Mr. Nelson that led Mrs. Nelson to kill the 56-year-old, Mooney argued. She was not a premeditated killer, he told jurors, she slayed, mutilated and ate the former pilot for revenge.

Omaima wept as the jury's verdict was read: guilty of assaulting Hannson, not guilty of false imprisonment and attempted robbery in that incident and guilty of second-degree murder for everything she did to Bill Nelson. Judge Robert Fitzgerald later sentenced her to 27 years to life.

She was rejected for parole the first time in 2006. Her next hearing is scheduled for Wednesday at the Central California Women's Facility in Chowchilla.

Pawloski obviously has not forgotten about Omaima. He already sent the parole board a statement opposing her release, arguing the crimes were especially heinous, that she had a history of violence before killing her husband and that she'd pose a risk to the public.

"Inmate Nelson lacks total insight into her life-commitment offense and has no remorse," Pawloski wrote. "She should be kept in prison for the maximum denial period."

To drive home the point, the prosecutor who put her away plans to attend Wednesday's hearing at Chowchilla.

UPDATE, MON., OCT. 3, 2011, 2:45 P.M.: Omaima Aree Nelson and the Prosecutor Trying to Keep the Model-Cannibal in Prison--"I Did His Ribs Just Like in a Restaurant"


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