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Omaima Aree Nelson was an Egyptian model and nanny who murdered her US husband Bill Nelson. The case attracted widespread attention as it included evidence of bondage sex, decapitation, castration, and cannibalism. Her case was also discussed on the US television shows Deadly Women and Happily Never After.
Omaima Aree Nelson was born in Egypt in around 1968 and grew up there. In 1986, she emigrated to the United States. While there, she met her future husband William E. ""Bill" Nelson, a 56-year-old pilot, when she was 23. They ultimately married. Omaima claimed that she was abused by her husband during their month-long union.
Murder of Bill Nelson
On Thanksgiving Day in 1991 Omaina murdered Bill in their Costa Mesa, California apartment. She claimed that Bill had sexually assaulted her immediately prior. She stabbed him with a pair of scissors, and proceeded to beat him with a clothes iron. When he finally died she dismembered his body and cooked his head. She also boiled his hands to remove his fingerprints. She mixed up his body parts with left over Thanksgiving turkey and disposed of him in a garbage disposal. Neighbors heard the disposal unit running for a long time after Bill's death. Omaima also castrated him as revenge for the sexual assaults she accuses him of.
During the trial it was revealed that as a child living in Cairo, she had undergone female genital mutilation and sex was traumatic and painful for her, only increased by the assaults she allegedly sustained during her marriage. She was convicted of second-degree murder on January 12, 1993. She was sentenced to 27 years to life in prison.
Omaima first became eligible for parole in 2006, but was denied when "commissioners found her unpredictable and a serious threat to public safety." She became eligible again in 2011, but was denied by the parole board again, citing that she had not taken responsibility for the murder, and would not be a productive citizen if she were freed. She will not be able to seek parole again until 2026.