Controversy has always followed anything Manson has laid his hands on and his paintings have proved to be no exception. In 2005, his Elizabeth Short as Snow White series was linked in the UK with the stabbing death of 14-year old schoolgirl Jodi Jones in 2003 at the hands of boyfriend Luke Mitchell. According to presiding Judge Lord Nimmo Smith, Mitchell's fascination with the rocker may have been a factor and that the similarities sustained by the victim, who was stripped, tied up and stabbed to death, with those of Manson's paintings of Elizabeth Short "could not be ignored". The Judge further told Mitchell, "I think that you carried an image of the paintings in your memory when you killed Jodi". Manson, for his part, replied on the Sunday Mail, "What I do know is that it is all about the education that parents give their children and the influences they receive, not putting the blame elsewhere"