Reports: DC madam commits suicide in Florida home
Two weeks after being convicted on federal charges for running a prostitution ring, "DC Madam" Deborah Jean Palfrey has committed suicide at a Florida home, according to several news reports.
Police in Tarpon Springs, Florida say the body was found in a shed near Palfrey's mother's home Thursday morning. There was a suicide note, but police did not disclose its contents.
On April 15, Palfrey was convicted of money laundering, using the mail for illegal purposes and racketeering. Palfrey faced a maximum of 55 years in prison and was free pending her sentencing July 24.
Prosecutors said Palfrey operated the prostitution service for 13 years. She maintained that her escort service was operating legally and that if any of the women had sex for money they did so without her knowledge.
Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) was the most prominent client revealed to have hired Palfrey's escorts. Former Bush administration official Randall L. Tobias resigned as deputy secretary of state after he acknowledged receiving massages from Palfrey's service.
One of the escort service employees was former University of Maryland, Baltimore County, professor Brandy Britton, who was arrested on prostitution charges in 2006. She committed suicide in January before she was scheduled to go to trial.
Last year, Palfrey said she, too, was humiliated by her prostitution charges, but said: "I guess I'm made of something that Brandy Britton wasn't made of."
A local TV station reports:
Police were called to the home of DC Madam Deborah Jeane Palfrey's mother on Thursday to investigate her apparent suicide.
Police have confirmed that the dead person is Palfrey who was 52.
Palfrey was dubbed "The DC Madam" by the national media after her arrest for allegedly running an upscale call girl ring in the nation's capitol.
She was convicted on Tuesday of money laundering, using the mail for illegal purposes and racketeering, but she had not yet been sentenced.
"She was killed; murdered," Alex Jones said on his radio show, with audio available at Prison Planet. "The disinfo agents are now saying they confirmed that she hung herself...They murdered her. This is how they do it.
"They could cut their heads off on TV and have guys in black uniforms do it and the public would say it was done by the Easter Bunny, if the media told them."
Palfrey repeatedly told The Alex Jones Show in July of 2007 that she had no intention of committing suicide. "No, I'm not planning to commit suicide," She said. "I'm planning on going into court on April 7th, if indeed we do have the trial, and I plan on defending myself vigorously, and I plan on exposing the government...in ways that, you know, I don't think they want me to expose them. I want them to explain to me in open court why they came after me."
With wire reports