Our beloved founding editor Dan Olmsted had a saying, "Rich people are different from you and me." He'd tell me that when we were struggling to launch and continue Age of Autism, even as gobs of money swirled around us. Here's a prime example, and one that brings us back to the thick of autism agony. Gigi Jordan was a wealthy autism Mom who was convicted of murdering her son in a 5 star hotel some 12 years ago. We wrote about it, just as we wrote about the other parents who murdered their autistic kids. In 2020, I wrote WE CAN NOT KILL OUR KIDS following another murder. Jordan was back in the news this week, having likely committed suicide rather than face more prison time. I didn't have the heart to open the new year with this grim reminder story. The average Joe and Jane would never have been able to turn a vicious murder (she stuffed pills down her son Jude's throat causing his death) into a mental health excuse and then find a procedural error that sprung her. Imagine what that cost in lawyer fees? Never forget Jude and his agony. And never forget that autism affects the entire family. Even rich people.
Millionaire pharma exec Gigi Jordan, who killed 8-year-old son, found dead inside NYC home in possible suicide
...During a strange, six-week trial, Jordan’s defense lawyers argued she killed the boy while in a state of extreme emotional disturbance, fearing he was about to be murdered by her ex-husband.
A Manhattan jury acquitted her of the top murder count, but found Jordan guilty of manslaughter in 2014.
Jordan was sentenced to 18 years in prison — but a federal judge tossed her conviction in 2020 over a procedural misstep...
Read the full story at the NY Post.
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