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D.C. Madam Commits Suicide, Police Say

Deborah Jeane Palfrey, the recently convicted D.C. Madam, apparently has committed suicide in Florida, according to police.

"Detectives are investigating an apparent suicide of a W/F that appears to be in her early 50's (id not yet confirmed, Detectives believe the victim to be Deborah Jean Palfrey, 3/18/56 known allegedly as the 'D.C. Madam', who was reportedly staying at this location with her mother Blanche who owns the residence) deceased in a small storage shed located on the west side of the mobile home," according to a statement from Capt. Jeffrey P. Young of the Tarpon Springs Police Department.

Deborah Jeane Palfrey, contending that her company was "a legal, high-end erotic fantasy service" with clients "from the more refined walks of life." (Jay Mallin -- Bloomberg News)

The police statement said handwritten notes were found on the scene that "describes the victim's intention to take her life." The statement added, "Foul play does not appear to be involved."

Palfrey, 52, remained free until her July 24 sentencing. A federal grand jury convicted her last month of running a prostitution service, rejecting her argument that her employees provided "erotic fantasy" instead of actual sex for money.

On Thursday, May 01, 2008 at approximately 10:52 am Officers of the Tarpon Springs Police Department responded to 39248 US Hwy 19 N Lot#167 (Sun Valley MHP, 167 Cypress Ave) regarding an apparent suicide.

By Mary Ann Akers  |  May 1, 2008; 1:45 PM ET
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I still don't understand why a complete list of her customers has not been published, and each and every one of them brought to trial. Double standard!

Posted by: Yuri Lipitzmeov | May 1, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Suicide?? Don't think so, she got axed.

Posted by: Betsy | May 1, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Most people don't believe this is a suicide. Most likely she's murdered by the rich and powerful ruling elites (who paid to have sex with her prostitutes) in order to silence her.

Posted by: Mickey | May 1, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Mickey - who are "most people"?

Posted by: Anonymous | May 1, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Where am I gonna get my hos from now?

Posted by: DeAndre Shaquita | May 1, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Most people don't believe this is a suicide. Most likely she's murdered by the rich and powerful ruling elites (who paid to have sex with her prostitutes) in order to silence her.

Posted by: Mickey | May 1, 2008 2:11 PM

yeah and the conspiracy doesn't end there!

Bright lights were seen over Tarpon Springs last night and people think there was some alien activity.
It really wasn't Palfrey! They sucked her out of her body and just left the shell there.
Palfrey is really aboard a space craft cruising the Milky Way with some new alien hos!

Posted by: Heavens Gate! | May 1, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Yuri, ton answer your rather not well thoguht out assertion, there are a number of reasons that such a widescale prosecution doesn't make any sense.

First, no such list of customers exists -- the infamous "list" only contained phone numbers. I don't know about you, but I think there are hundreds, probably thousands of better uses for my crime-stopping tax dollars than setting up an investigative team to track down each of those phone numbers, cross reference them to the then-current user of said phone number.

Second, even if we wasted those limited resources to find all the names, the police would then have to conduct independent investigations of every one of those individuals to determine if they actually engaged in sexual contact. (remember, even the prostitutes themselves testified that only about 9 out of 10 of their assignations resulted in sexual contact).

Frankly, putting the prostitution ring out of business and punishing the one who financially benefitted from the illegal activity is a far more constructive manner of attacking the issue of illegal prostitution. No double standard involved.

Posted by: huh? | May 1, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

If she was murdered, why would they wait until now to do it, after a full-blown trial has occurred?

Posted by: Anonymous | May 1, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

She said on the Alex Jones Show 6 weeks ago that she had no intention of committing suicide. He's playing it over and over.

She wrote in other places that she was not going to commit suicde.

Her customer list is also a list of suspects.

D.C. is getting to sound more and more like Rome during the fall.

Posted by: grunk | May 1, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

While all this is somewhat glib, what is missing is the fact that a politically motivated "witch-hunt" based on charges that would have never been upheld on appeal has cost a woman her life. Where is the outrage at the prosecutors and the system which prosecuted a basically victimless crime? Big operation $250 per!

Posted by: WWW-1 | May 1, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

She got iced!!

Posted by: Oh My! | May 1, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

"If she was murdered, why would they wait until now to do it, after a full-blown trial has occurred?"

To prevent her from writing a book that would name names not already named.

Posted by: magpie | May 1, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

This was a victimless crime and now she is the second person to have died because of it. Facing 50+ years in jail really did turn into a death sentence for a 52 year old woman.

I wish our society would use it's resources better in determining who to go after. No one deserved to die over this and we need to take a strong look as to why two people have now committed suicide over this affair.

Posted by: BobL-VA | May 1, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

i bet someone from the very top of the government is on her list of patrons. Cheney?Bush? it's got to be someone extremely powerful to feel a threat to his power and to feel death is the only way of keeping his name out of the public, only killing her would seem to keep his name in the dark.

Marylin Monroe comes to my mind.

Posted by: thetruth | May 1, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

So, that's it, Ms. Akers? Why don't you go down there and do some investigating? There have been allegations here that it may have been murder. Do you have to rely on wire service copy? What happened to using your shoe leather to do some reporting?

Posted by: Jethro | May 1, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

like HELL she committed suicide. this is so obvious it's scary. Cheney is just murdering U.S. citizens out in public now.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 1, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

The mobile home detail -- and the additional fact that a mobile home had a storage shed -- imbues the canvas with hues.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 1, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

The hoary tradition of prosecuting the women while their male clients skate free is wrong, wrong, wrong.

Posted by: slinkybender | May 1, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Cheney and Bush don't mess with woman ,They just catch for guys like Jeff Gannon...LOL

Posted by: papabear | May 1, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Corporations of Deborah Jeane Palfrey, AKA "The DC Madam"

Posted by: Robert Lewis | May 1, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Maybe she hooked up Obama? Everyone seems to be covering up for him. Maybe this is part of the effort to get him elected even though the American people are having second thoughts. Maybe she knew too much like that choir director.

Posted by: Conspiracy | May 1, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Anonymous | May 1, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Conspiracy, shut your pie hole bitc, Obama is our saviour.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 1, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Helen | May 1, 2008 8:11 PM | Report abuse

And the FBI recluses itself from investigating! Seems more likely she would have taken pills or sat in a running car, not this horrendous way. Who was the hit-man?

Posted by: whiteagle38 | May 1, 2008 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Why would someone who ran an elegant high priced escort service dealing with the rich and powerful hang herself in a shed. I would expect a much more flamboyant method. I didn't know she was sentenced I thought there was still only the possibility of the time she would serve since she is still out of jail. Why is there no mention of the other woman who worked in her service who had not gone to trial yet who also "committed suicide" and was it the same method?

Posted by: Kathleen Mercogliano | May 2, 2008 9:20 AM | Report abuse

I would stake my life that McCain is on that list. Why? Because he was a known womanizer and know for getting in trouble over it from a young at the academy. His officer father got him out of all the scrapes. That of course could never come out as the purified McCain is pres candidate!

Prostitution shoud be legalized. IT is NEVER going to go away but Uncle Sam has to have its cut. Funny, most of the patrons probably belong to Uncle SAm! LOL

Posted by: roinct | May 2, 2008 9:48 AM | Report abuse

I've stayed away from these blogs for six months because of the loony partisans who dominate the discussions. I thought I'd check back once. Same old crap. People bringing up Bush, Cheney, and McCain as clients of the madam or maybe murderers. You Democrats are so sad. Sure some Republicans get involved in scandals. But they for the most part apologize and resign from office. Most Democrats just shrug their shoulders and continue running for office. And inexplicably Democrats re-elect them (can you say Barney Frank, William Jefferson, etc.). Or they can make $109 million dollars posing as moral guides while giving speeches (Bill Clinton). Victimless crime? Typical Democratic Party attitude. Ask the wives and children of the men involved if the crime is victimless.

Posted by: Tarheel | May 2, 2008 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Why do we keep putting these immoral suck-ups in office. Has our standards gotten so low, we have become amoral in our daily lives.
Sergeant Major

Posted by: archaeologytoday | May 2, 2008 11:29 AM | Report abuse

She is a victim of America's dysfunctional attitude towards sex. On the one hand bombarded with sexually explicit messages in advertisement and the media, on the other hand a horror of among other things nudity. Remember when this singer exposed her breast at the Super Bowl? Anybody who equates the services she was providing with forced prostitution doesn't know what he/;she is talking about. The women she represented are doing it on their own free will and for very good money. Most are well educated and are providing their customers many services besides sex. And their customers are looking for something which they cannot get at home - and not only sex. In classical Greece and Rome, women like they were highly respected. In Europe right now theirs is a vibrant economy and they are paying taxes to the State like every other profession.

Posted by: RHSchumann | May 2, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: james holmes | May 2, 2008 11:37 PM | Report abuse

She had no precursors of threats of suicide at all. She had no attempts of suicide previously at all. She did have some pretty valuable information on some "DC heavyweights". I assume murder was in order whether the facts support it or not. I am not a conspiricy theorist at all but some things just really stink. Kind of like the 2000 election. Our government should have failed that day.

Posted by: TopVulture409 | May 5, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Murder shoud be legalized. IT is NEVER going to go away but Uncle Sam has to have its cut.

Go murder tax! YAY!

Posted by: yay | May 5, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

After reading the misses suicide note my comment is don't do the crime if you can't do the time.

Posted by: Tony Baretta | May 5, 2008 8:37 PM | Report abuse

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