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Woman Who Dipped Her Husband in BBQ Sauce and Ate Him After Murdering Him Could Be Released

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A woman who murdered her husband and told investigators that she ate his body with a nice Chianti dipped in BBQ sauce twenty years ago is scheduled to appear before a parole board.

Omaima Aree Nelson is asking for early release from her 27-year sentence, according to The Daily Pilot. She has been behind bars at Chowchilla State Prison for 20 years for the murder of her husband William E. Nelson, 56. Nelson was an Egyptian model who immigrated to the U.S. in 1986.

Nelson was also the first defendant in Orange County who used a "battered wife" defense, saying that she was raped the night before she murdered her husband. She also told psychiatrists that she had been a victim of sexual abuse as a child in Egypt and forced to undergo female circumcision, according to KTLA.

But the Orange County DA's office is eager to make sure that Nelson isn't let out early. "This is probably one of the most egregious mutilations we've ever had," said Senior Deputy District Attorney Randy Pawloski, who prosecuted the case. "It is one of the most gruesome and notorious crimes ever committed in Orange County."

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How gruesome?


After the murder, Nelson cooked her husband's head on the stove, skinned his torso, fried his hands in oil and planned to leave his skull in the Back Bay, according to Pawloski and news archives. Nelson then drove garbage bags filled with the body parts to various ex-boyfriends, asking them to help dispose of the evidence and offering $75,000 for help. She was arrested Dec. 2, 1991, after police found trash bags containing human body parts in the couple's Eastside apartment and in William Nelson's Corvette.

Neighbors at the time said the garbage disposal was on for "a long time" and "constant chopping sounds" were coming from the home.

Nelson no longer admits to eating her husband and dipping him in barbecue sauce. "Of course she says that [she doesn't remember] because the parole board doesn't want to let a cannibal out," Pawloski said.

Nelson was already denied parole once in 2006.