by Associated Press
A woman who killed her newlywed husband and chopped and cooked his body parts over the Thanksgiving holiday feast weekend in 1991 is seeking release from a California prison.
Omaima Nelson, an Egyptian-born former nanny, is set to appear before parole commissioners Wednesday at the Central California Womenâ€™s Facility in Chowchilla where she has been serving a life sentence.
Nelson was convicted of murdering her 56-year-old husband William Nelson in a grisly killing that authorities likened to the fictional slayings of Hannibal Lecter.
Prosecutors said the then-23-year-old killed Nelson and likely plotted to steal from him as she had done with other middle-aged men she had seduced in the past. Authorities said she tied up her husband of less than a month, killed him and dismembered the body, churning his parts through a garbage disposal that neighbors said ran nonstop in the hours after the murder.
Authorities found some of Nelsonâ€™s body parts stuffed in garbage bags and mixed with leftover Thanksgiving turkey. His hands had been fried in oil and his head boiled and stuffed in the freezer, said Randy Pawloski, a senior deputy district attorney in Orange County who prosecuted the case and will argue against her release.
â€œSheâ€™s tremendously dangerous,â€ said Pawloski, adding that Nelson sought help from two different boyfriends to try to remove her husbandâ€™s teeth and dispose of his remains to cover her tracks.