Thursday, May 1, 2008

Pardon Me For Sounding Like Ralph On This

Convenient

D.C. Madam Found Dead of Apparent Suicide

Palfrey Was Recently Convicted on Federal Charges Stemming From Operating a Prostitution Service

By JUSTIN ROOD

May 1, 2008—

Florida police are investigating the apparent suicide of the so-called D.C. Madam, who was found dead in the Florida mobile home of the madam's mother Thursday.

The madam, Deborah Jeane Palfrey, was recently convicted on federal charges stemming from operating a prostitution service in the Washington, D.C. area with a number of high-profile clients. She was scheduled to be sentenced July 24.

Palfrey told ABC News last year she would never return to prison, after serving time in the 1990s for other prostitution-related charges. "I sure as heck am not going to be going to federal prison for one day, let alone, you know, four to eight years."

Palfrey's 76-year-old mother, Blanche, found her daughter's body in a shed to the side of her home, according to police. Palfrey had hung herself with nylon rope from a beam in the shed's ceiling, the police said.

Blanche had looked in the shed after awaking from a nap to discover outside her house a tricycle she normally stored there, according to police. She called 911.

Hand-written notes were found near Palfrey's body which "describes the victim's intention to take her life," the police statement read.

Local police responding to a call late Thursday morning discovered the woman's body in a storage shed to the side of the home, according to a statement released by the Tarpon Springs, Fla. Police. Hand-written notes were found nearby which "describes the victim's intention to take her life," according to the statement.

Foul play does not appear to have been involved, according to the police. They did not immediately release the contents of the notes.

A jury in Washington, D.C. found Palfrey guilty of money laundering, racketeering and using the mail for illegal purposes in connection with a prostitution ring she ran from 1993 to 2006.

Several well-known men were reportedly clients of her service, including former U.S. Agency for International Development chief Randall Tobias and Sen. David Vitter, R-La. Neither man was among the clients called to testify at Palfrey's trial. Neither immediately responded to requests for comment.

In an interview last year, Palfrey vowed to fight the federal prosecutors who brought the charges against her. "They just destroy you on every level, financially, emotionally, psychologically," she said, but still she refused to accept any deal they offered.

In the interview, she contrasted herself with Brandy Britton, a woman who once worked as a prostitute -- apparently for a time with Palfrey's service, Palfrey's phone records reflected -- who committed suicide after charges were brought against her.

"She committed suicide because of the police and the prosecutor," Palfrey said then, arguing that prostitution should be legal because the prosecutions are more harmful than the business itself. "They, they had to push it, in the name of justice. I'd like to know what justice they're talking about."

Suicide huh? Why don't I believe?



6 comments:

theroachman said...

Hey there just stopped by to say hello and hows it going?

Collected this little ditty for you from a DC Madam thread

Right Blackfon!
theroachman | 05.01.08 - 6:31 pm | #

What is a Blackflon? Are you insulting me?
The Real Hound Watcher | Homepage | 05.01.08 - 6:32 pm | #

Ouch the guy just corrected his sockpuppet spelling.

Count Istvan said...

Hey Roachman great to hear from you. It's good to know that such fine people as Hound watcher are still posting freely at Newshounds while I can not.

:)

MLP said...

Hey Count....
I have found lately that I have almost nothing I feel I have to add to the conversations over at the other place. I'm not exactly sure why I feel that way, but it's probably because almost all of the interesting posters have moved on.
The new mods have done a good job with the trolls, but it seems that the sense of 'community' is missing. Hey, but what do I know?
And now for your topic....
the whole situation just seems to be another of those convenient coincidences that the Bush administration has benefited from. If they were half as skillful at running this country as they are at lies and deception, this would be a fine country indeed!

FrankC said...

Hya Count, I hope you're doing well.

My opinion is that this is suicide, after all she did state that she would never spend another day in jail. She also left two separate suicide notes, it's hard to discount that.

Count Istvan said...

You maybe right Frank but I just can't help but be cynical on this. Not to sound like the Church Lady but it's just too convenient.

Count Istvan said...

MLP:

Most of the time when I go over to NH it slows my computer to a crawl anyway. I noticed a lot fewer posts on most topics.

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