By Brande Victorian
Recounting details of one of the most disturbing murders of the 1990s, Omaima Nelson, 43, a woman who killed, dismembered, and cooked her husband, was denied parole yesterday. According to the LA Times, testimony from a psychiatrist in the earlier trial said Nelson 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 out loud, “It’s so sweet.”
At the parole hearing, Nelson denied the claim: “I swear to God I did not eat any part of him. I am not a monster.” But when Commissioner Cynthia Fritz then asked, “What was your purpose in cooking him?” Nelson did not answer.
Orange County Senior Deputy Dist. Atty. Randy Pawloski, who was an original prosecutor in the case, personally attended the hearing at the Central California Women’s Facility in Chowchilla, stating that Nelson had a pattern of using sex as a con game, and that her games grew increasingly violent over the years. The Egyptian beauty reportedly met William Nelson in 1991 in a bar playing pool. Within weeks they were married, and shortly after Omaima said her husband began to show a violent side. She claimed he was trying to strangle her when she hit him with a lamp, stabbed him with scissors, and killed him. The marriage only lasted three weeks.
“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.”
Nelson said she was not the same person she was 20 years ago and simply wanted to live the “good life God meant.” She said she had “looked for love in all the wrong places… but now I value my integrity and my journey… I have a strong desire to help others.”
Visits she shared with another deceased former husband, a man in his 70s whom she married while in prison, were cited as evidence of her change of heart. “We had three-day conjugal visits. There were knives in the kitchen. He never felt threatened or endangered in any way,” she said. “I loved him so much.”
William Nelson’s daughter, Margaret, was not moved, reading a written statement about not having her father at her wedding, or being able to introduce him to her 8-week-old daughter. She stated she was at the hearing to “return some human dignity to the man who was my father.”