Son, 8, in hotel 'pill' tragedy
By JAMIE SCHRAM, LARRY CELONA and LUKAS I. ALPERT
Last Updated: 3:01 PM, February 6, 2010
Posted: 2:13 AM, February 6, 2010
A wealthy pharmaceutical exec -- distraught about an imaginary upcoming divorce and custody battle -- murdered her 8-year-old son and tried to kill herself yesterday in a deluxe suite at the Peninsula Hotel on Fifth Avenue, officials said.
Investigators found the body of Gigi Jordan's son, Jude Michael Mirra, lying face-up on the bed in his pajamas in Room 1603 at the swank hotel. Jordan was barely conscious, slumped on the floor, "babbling incoherently," police sources said.
The $1,175-a-night room was littered with pill bottles and "thousands" of loose pills and scattered documents -- including a suicide note penned by Jordan, who is believed to have a net worth of about $100 million, a source said.
Jude, who police sources said is autistic, had been dead for some time. Investigators believe Jordan had force-fed him a lethal dose of the pills, including ground-up Xanax and Ambien.
Cops were led to the nightmarish scene when Jordan's aunt called the 20th Precinct from Belgium to say she had received an alarming e-mail from her niece, in which the 49-year-old mother said she planned to kill herself and Jude, police said.
Officers first went to Jordan's home at the Trump International Hotel and Towers on Central Park West, but were told she was staying at the Peninsula.
When they got to the hotel, security tried to let the officers into the room. But Jordan had jammed a chair under the doorknob, forcing cops to break in, sources said.
Confronted with the chilling sight, one of the officers was spotted running out into the hall frantically radioing: "I've got two dead bodies! I've got two dead bodies!"
Jordan, however, still had a faint pulse and was rushed to Bellevue Hospital where she was in stable condition late yesterday.
While on her way to the hospital, she "made comments implicating her in her son's death," and asked to speak to her lawyer, a source said. Charges were pending as police waited for her to undergo a psychological evaluation.
Hotel staff said she had checked in Wednesday, immediately hung a "do not disturb" tag on her door and apparently never came out.
In her note, Jordan said she feared losing custody of her son in a divorce, police said. But sources said she is not currently married, has been divorced for two years and was "delusional" about a custody battle.
The boy's biological father, Emil Valention Tzekov, 42, said he had no idea Jordan was so desperate.
"I really knew nothing about this," he said when reached by The Post.
Jordan's previous husband, Raymond Mirra, a Pennsylvania entrepreneur who has since remarried, said through a lawyer that he hadn't spoken with Jordan in some time, and although the boy had Raymond's last name, he was not the biological father.
"They are deeply saddened by what has happened," said the attorney, Patrick Egan.
Jordan, who hails from Belgium but has an American passport and has lived in the United States for years, amassed a significant fortune with Mirra, running pharmaceutical companies that dealt in cancer-curing drugs.
Later, she enlarged her fortune by branching out into real estate. Jordan's aunt told police her niece owned several multimillion-dollar apartments in the Trump building and a townhouse on the Upper West Side that she rents out.
In a Web posting on the site of a New Age fertility guru, Jordan had said having her child has "helped awaken a spiritual connection to God."
"In learning how to release my fear of losing something I really wanted and to allow myself to believe I would have it," she wrote, "I gave birth to a beautiful boy, and experienced a greater depth of love and connectedness with my child."
Jordan's suicide note made reference to documents on her laptop computer that would explain further her actions, but investigators had to get a search warrant before they could view them, sources said.
Additional reporting by Kevin Fasick and Joe Santoliquito in Malvern, Pa.
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