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Parole Denied for Calif. Woman Who Cooked, Ate Husband

CHOWCHILLA, Calif. –“The Other White Meat”—A woman who was convicted of killing and eating her husband in 1991 was denied parole from a California prison following a lengthy and emotional hearing Wednesday.

Omaima Nelson, 43, was deemed a risk to society and denied parole, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Nelson, originally from Egypt, was convicted of stabbing her husband, William Nelson with a pair of scissors in 1991; prosecutors say she then dismembered his body, cooked it and ate his remains.

During her trial, the former nanny had been compared to the fictional cannibal killer Hannibal Lecter.

Nelson contends that the killing of her husband was done in self-defense and, that she is now a changed woman, eager to live the “good life God meant.”

During the hearing, Nelson says she was a victim of almost unimaginable abuse as a child in Egypt. Prosecutors say the beauty traded her sexuality for rent and cars from several older men throughout the years.

Orange County Senior Deputy Dist. Atty. Randy Pawloski, who attended Wednesday’s hearing, told the Los Angeles Times that Nelson had a pattern of using sex as a con game, and that her games grew increasingly violent over the years.

Nelson met her husband in 1991 in a bar while playing pool; the two were married within weeks. Omaima says it was only then that her husband began to show his violent side. She said he tried to strangle her when she hit him with a lamp, stabbed him with a pair of scissors and killed him. They had been married for only three-weeks at the time of the murder.

"If I didn't defend my life, I would have been dead. I'm sorry it happened, but I'm glad I lived," she said.

"I'm sorry I dismembered him."

In the earlier court trial, a psychiatrist testified that Nelson said she put on red shoes, a red hat and red lipstick before chopping up and cooking her husband's body. She said she prepared his ribs like in a restaurant and said aloud, "It's so sweet."

During the hearing, Nelson shook her head vehemently and grimaced as she denied eating her husband.

"I swear to God, I did not eat any part of him. I am not a monster," she said.

Margaret Nelson, William Nelson’s daughter was the last person to speak at the hearing.

“I don’t know the adequate punishment for a murderer who doesn’t even leave a family a body to mourn over. But I do know you don’t let her out,” she said.

(Photo: Diana Marcum/Los Angeles Times)

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