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Thursday, May 1, 2008

'D.C. madam' kills herself in Fla. coastal town

Deborah Jeane Palfrey

'D.C. Madam' hangs herself

The Vallejo woman known as the "D.C. Madam" hanged herself at her mother's home in Florida, two weeks after a federal jury convicted her of running a prostitution service whose clients included some well-known Washington insiders, police said today.

Deborah Jeane Palfrey, 52, was found hanged with a nylon rope in a shed on her mother's property in Tarpon Springs, about 20 miles northwest of Tampa on Florida's Gulf Coast. Palfrey's 76-year-old mother, Blanche Palfrey, found the body this morning after awakening from a nap, Tarpon Springs police Capt. Jeffrey Young said at a news conference.

The DC Madam: She Took the Fall for Everyone

You may be surprised that a middle-aged mom is writing a post advocating the legalization of prostitution. Here's why. A short while ago, news got out that the DC Madam killed herself while visiting her mother in Florida: a death that was really unnecessary.

For those who haven't followed the salacious story of the DC Madam, her name was Deborah Jeane Palfrey and she ran what she referred to as a "legal and high-end erotic fantasy service" that catered to elite clients in Washington, DC. In mid-April, a jury found her guilty of money laundering, using the mail for illegal purposes and racketeering. Ms. Palfrey's known clients included Senator David Vitter and Randall Tobias, a former State Department official. Her client list apparently contained thousands of names including high-ranking officials at the White House and Pentagon, movie stars, lobbyists, and prominent DC attorneys.

D.C. Madam's Suicidal Thoughts

MAY 1--Deborah Palfrey, the so-called D.C. Madam who today committed suicide at her mother's Florida home, once told a California judge that she "seriously considered" killing herself following her arrest in a felony pimping case in the early-1990s. The 52-year-old Palfrey, whose body was found hanging in a shed near her mother Blanche's Tarpon Springs home, was convicted last month of racketeering and money laundering in connection with her operation of an escort service that catered to Washington insiders,

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