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The D.C. Madam, head of an elite prostitution ring, commits suicide

SlipKnoT

Well-Known Member
CNN.com said:
(CNN) -- Convicted "D.C. Madam" Deborah Jeane Palfrey railed against what she called a "modern-day lynching" in notes to her mother and sister before hanging herself at her mother's Florida home, police disclosed Monday.


Deborah Jeane Palfrey wrote in suicide notes to her mother and sister that her conviction had ruined her.

Police in Tarpon Springs, Florida, released Palfrey's suicide notes Monday, along with autopsy results confirming her cause of death as a suicide. Her mother and sister confirmed the notes' authenticity, police said.

"I cannot live the next 6 to 8 years behind bars for what you and I have both come to regard as this 'modern-day lynching' only to come out of prison in my late 50s a broken, penniless and very much alone woman," she wrote.

The front of the note was marked "Do not revive (DNR). Do not feed under any circumstance."

Palfrey, 52, was convicted of money laundering, racketeering and mail fraud in April. She had been staying at her mother's Tarpon Springs home while awaiting sentencing in July and told ABC News last year she would never return to prison after serving time in the 1990s for other prostitution-related charges.

"You must comprehend there was no way out, I.E. 'exit strategy,' for me other than the one I have chosen here," Palfrey wrote in the note to her sister.

Palfrey released the telephone records of her business, Pamela Martin & Associates, to reporters as she awaited trial. Those records linked two high-profile officials to her firm -- State Department official Randall Tobias, who resigned in May 2007 after confirming he patronized Palfrey's business, and Sen. David Vitter, R-Louisiana, who apologized last July for "a very serious sin in my past."

Neither Tobias nor Vitter have faced charges in the case.

During her trial, Palfrey insisted she ran only a legal escort service -- "Basically a bunch of benign women who want to make a living," she told CNN in March. "This is not racketeering by any means -- this is running a business."

Palfrey was convicted April 15 in connection with a high-end prostitution ring catering to Washington's elite. She was found guilty of money laundering, racketeering and mail fraud and faced a maximum 55-year prison term at her sentencing, scheduled for July 24.

She had said in interviews that she would kill herself before going to prison.

"I'm looking at 55 years in a federal penitentiary, and at my age, that is virtually a life sentence," Palfrey told CNN Radio's Ninette Sosa in March. "Realistically, we estimate between eight and 15 years. I'm also looking at the complete forfeiture of my entire life savings and work."


She said in the interview that the government "went after me. They found out that I'm not who they thought I was, and instead of dropping the whole matter, they decided to press forward and -- what the heck -- she's a woman, she's weak. We'll intimidate her, we'll humiliate her, we'll pounce on this poor lady and she'll give in."

Palfrey also told writer Dan Moldea, who was helping her write a book, that she would commit suicide rather than return to jail, according to Time magazine.

http://www.cnn.com/2008/CRIME/05/05/dc.madam/index.html

'Twas bound to happen sooner or later.
 

Narutopokedude

← currently hunting
Cool, the prostitution kingpin killed herself.

Maybe she got aids?

(Also, Tarpon Springs is my marching band rival, weird)
 

kochoupink

butts lol
She said she'd kill herself before going to jail, so she did make good on her word.
I love how she was "writing" a book (translation: dictating to a ghostwriter) about the whole thing.
 

??????

That guy.
You're an idiot.
He is obviously kidding, Carlisle

That hoe would rather kill herself than meet me in the bed. Seems understandable.
 

BigLutz

Banned
So how long till the Conspiracy theorist come out and say she was killed by X Senator or X Congressman or X person in charge. To keep her quiet?
 

Rave

Banned
A grim day for those who invest in the prostitution industry. =P
 

Profesco

gone gently
How rude of her. At least she left her family a notebook full of last words, wishes, and goodbyes.

Well, RIP anyway.
 

EmberStar the Blaziken

Kung-Pow Chicken
A grim day for those who invest in the prostitution industry. =P

You're telling me.

Well, she has a point: When she would've been released she would be 60 and what could she do from there?
 

GrizzlyB

Confused and Dazed
Rave said:
A grim day for those who invest in the prostitution industry. =P

I'll say; I'm already down 40 mil.

EmberStar the Blaziken said:
Well, she has a point: When she would've been released she would be 60 and what could she do from there?

Round up more hookers, obviously. Everybody loves being pimped out by ex-con AARP members.

Also, is it just me, or is "elite prostitution ring" sort of an oxymoron?
 

Hakajin

Obsessive Shipper
She kinda sounded like she was blaming the law for it, when she was the one who was dealing in prostitution.

Still... I'm sorry she killed herself. She still had family... and things can always get better while you're still alive. If you commit suicide, things won't get better for sure.

Also, is it just me, or is "elite prostitution ring" sort of an oxymoron?

No, these weren't just "$20 hoes," these women demanded hundreds of dollars for their "services." Although I'm not really sure you could call them callgirls...
 

GrizzlyB

Confused and Dazed
Hakajin said:
No, these weren't just "$20 hoes," these women demanded hundreds of dollars for their "services." Although I'm not really sure you could call them callgirls...

Well, whether you have to take out a loan to pay, or give her the change you found in the parking lot, when it comes down to it, prostitution is prostitution.

And, you know, it's been a while since I've read about anybody lynching themselves. Such is life.
 

Megchan

God IS in Control
I've seen news reports about this. Her mother and sister believe she was killed. And from everything I heard last night on Nancy Grace, it does kinda point to that. :/
 
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