Murder at the Peninsula Hotel

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Photo: Jennifer MacFarlane

This is incredibly weird and gruesome. On Wednesday afternoon, a woman identified by tabloids as 49-year-old "socialite" Gigi Jordan, a resident of the Trump International Hotel and Towers, checked into Room 1154 of the Peninsula Hotel with her 8-year-old son, Michael Jude. She paid for the room in cash, ordered room service, and didn't emerge again until today, when police carted her off to Bellevue after hotel employees found her son dead, "surrounded by thousands of prescription pills" and Jordan "babbling incoherently." Apparently, Jordan was very distraught over the end of her marriage and had sent an e-mail to relatives in Belgium "signalling that she was threatening to kill herself and the boy," before checking into the hotel. Panicked relatives sent police to her Upper West Side apartment, but apparently, the damage was already done.

Socialite Gigi Jordan slays son, 8, in failed murder-suicide at Manhattan's Peninsula hotel: Police [NYDN]
Boy, 8, allegedly murdered by his mother at swanky Peninsula: cops [NYP]