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"D.C. Madam" Deborah Jeane Palfrey Commits Suicide ST.… 
1st-May-2008 06:04 pm


"D.C. Madam" Deborah Jeane Palfrey Commits Suicide
ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (Reuters) - A woman who ran a prostitution ring catering to Washington's elite hanged herself in a storage shed at her mother's home in Florida on Thursday while awaiting sentencing, police said.

Police in the Gulf Coast town of Tarpon Springs said the 76-year-old mother of Deborah Jeane Palfrey woke from a short nap and began to search for her daughter. She found Palfrey's body hanging from a nylon rope looped around a metal beam in the shed alongside her mobile home, police said.

"Hand-written notes were found on scene that describe the victim's intention to take her life, and foul play does not appear to be involved," Capt. Jeffrey Young said in a statement.

Palfrey, 52, was found guilty last month of running an escort service that earned her at least $2 million. She had not yet been sentenced but media reports said could have faced up to 50 years in prison.

The scandal over the woman dubbed "the D.C. madam" ensnared Republican Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana, whose number was discovered in her telephone records.

Vitter apologized publicly for committing a "serious sin" in his past.

Palfrey had insisted her company, Pamela Martin and Associates, was a legal sexual fantasy business and initially considered selling her phone records to raise money for her defense. When she later released her phone records for free, they ended up shedding little further light on her clientele.

Her attorney, Montgomery Sibley, said he did not have any additional information about her death.

"My only comment is that I regret the loss of a good woman who deserved better," he said.
Comments 
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1st-May-2008 10:32 pm (UTC)
The Manchurian Candidate...
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1st-May-2008 10:52 pm (UTC)
Not sure - it was once considered the second most popular means, but I'm pretty sure that has changed with the times.
2nd-May-2008 02:15 am (UTC) - Election year suicide.....hmmmmm
All those Republicans exposed...... My first reaction upon hearing the news was "foul play".......

She was looking at 50 years in prison for providing "sexual fantasies" to powerful clientele.......

I hope she is at peace....

To the "Vitters" of the world: karma is gonna get ya......




2nd-May-2008 06:01 am (UTC) - Re: Election year suicide.....hmmmmm
You know it!
2nd-May-2008 02:15 am (UTC)
Tragic, really.

Shoulda been Vitter on the end of that rope.
2nd-May-2008 06:02 am (UTC)
Agreed.
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2nd-May-2008 06:03 am (UTC)
Oh good grief...
2nd-May-2008 05:35 am (UTC)
Fifty years for hooking up( no pun intended) two consenting adults. Yet the politician that got arrested today for drunk driving who could have killed a whole car full of people, just apologizes and he'll probably just get a slap on the wrist.

Heck murderers get more time than that!

The first thing I thought of was foul play. No one wanted her writing her book.

Sad. Yes, she broke the law but the way I see it 13 year old girls can give it away but two consenting adults can't choose to pay for it?

There are all sorts of dating services that get people together, they get paid for their services. You tell me those people don't ever have sex?

What is any different that people like Carmella on the Sopranos getting jewelry, furs, or a big house for her services?

They are going after the wrong criminals in this country if you ask me.
2nd-May-2008 06:12 am (UTC)
You are SO spot on as usual!
2nd-May-2008 05:36 am (UTC)
I meant to say murderers get LESS time than that. Some get off in less than 5 years.
2nd-May-2008 06:13 am (UTC)
Lol - I knew what you meant. That was the max she could've gotten, it would have been much less in all likelihood.
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