Jude Mirra was an autistic 8 year old. Was as in he’s dead. His mother killed him with a fatal overdose of drugs and alcohol. His mother, Gigi Jordan, is now on trial for his murder.
If you have followed this story, you likely know what a strange story she has told. At one point someone (presumably associated with her) posted multiple documents online (gigijordanbail.com as I recall). Rather than focus on her account, let’s consider the facts. She killed her son. The only question now appears to be whether she forced the drugs into his mouth or not. From the New York Times, In Testimony, Mother Who Killed Son, 8, Denies She Forcibly Drugged Him:
The police found the boy, Jude Mirra, dead in a bed at the Peninsula Hotel at about noon on Feb. 5. The door had been barricaded with a chair. Ms. Jordan was on the floor next to the bed, surrounded by pills. A pill crusher and a syringe used to force feed patients were discovered, along with empty vodka bottles.
An autopsy showed Jude had ingested fatal doses of several medications, including the sleeping pill Ambien and the tranquilizer Xanax. A medical examiner testified the boy had bruises on his face and chest consistent with having a mixture of pills forced down his throat.
She claims that her son was being abused by multiple people, including his biological father. And, her story goes, she was being stalked by her son’s legal father (her former husband) who was trying to have her murdered. And, if I recall correctly, he also was allegedly abusing Jude. She had to kill her son, you see, to protect him from falling into the hands of his abusers.
The Post discusses her stories in Someone lock up Gigi Jordan once and for all!. But what do we have except another version of “I had to kill him to protect him”.
CNN is also reporting the story, noting:
“His fate was sealed,” assistant district attorney Matt Bogdanos said in opening statements. “He didn’t die fast. One by one, his vital organs shut down. It didn’t take minutes. It took hours to die.”
While Jude lay dying, Bogdanos said, Jordan sent an email to a financial adviser instructing him to transfer the $125,000 trust she set up for her son to her personal account.
It took him hours to die. And the mother, who supposedly was attempting suicide, transferred money out of his account while he was dying. It’s not like the police arrived just in time to save the mother from her pills, either:
The exact time of the boy’s death could not be determined, but Jude’s body temperature was 80 degrees, suggesting that when police arrived, he had been dead for 8 to 14 hours, Bogdanos said.
Sadly, Jude’s mother appears to have been a part of the “cure at all costs” community. The New York Times is also reporting.
For several years, Ms. Jordan took him to medical specialists across the country, seeking a cure for his symptoms and subjecting him to experimental chemotherapy, injections of powerful steroids and filtering his blood to counteract autoimmune disorders.
How much did the false hope sold by charlatans play into this murder? We may never know. Jude died in 2010 at age 8. He grew up during the height of the “better dead than autistic” rhetoric.
Jude’s mother is reportedly using her defense to obtain a manslaughter conviction rather than murder. She’s quoted as calling this a “mercy killing”.
This is no mercy killing. This is murder. Brutal murder. I hope the jury sees through Ms. Jordan’s bizarre stories.