Gigi Jordan: Pharma millionaire, 62, who killed 8-year-old autistic son found dead in possible suicide
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BROOKLYN, NEW YORK CITY: Gigi Jordan, a millionaire pharmaceutical executive who murdered her eight-year-old autistic son, was found dead inside her home in Stuyvesant Heights on Friday morning, December 30, around 12.30 am. The cause of death is yet to be determined, but authorities are investigating the 62-year-old's death as a possible suicide.
According to Daily Mail, a note was found at the scene. This comes just hours after US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor issued an order that would have sent her back to prison. Jordan was accused of force-feeding her autistic son, Jude Mirra, a lethal dose of pills mixed with alcohol and orange juice in February 2010 inside a room at the Peninsula Hotel in Manhattan. She was found guilty of first-degree manslaughter in 2014 and sentenced in 2015 to 18 years in prison. She admitted that she administered an overdose of prescription pills to her son, as previously reported.
Jordan’s attorneys argued that she had killed the boy in an act of mercy. She claimed she did so to protect him from sexual abuse and death threats from his biological and adoptive fathers. Both, however, have said they had no part in her act. She testified at her trial that she also tried to kill herself by overdosing on pills but the suicide attempt failed. "I didn’t see any way out of this situation. I made a decision that I was going to end my life and Jude’s life," states Daily Mail.
In December 2020, she was released into home confinement and was granted $250,000 bail. Manhattan Federal Magistrate Judge Sarah Cave vacated her conviction in September, ruling that Jordan’s right to a public trial had been violated in 2014.
Commenting on Jordan's death, law enforcement sources and Jordan’s lawyer, Norman Siegel, said, "It’s unbelievably sad. Gigi Jordan had a lot to offer society. In the end, she did not have her opportunity to contribute to society.”