WARNING: This blog contains the COMPLETELY unsubstantiated opinion that no matter what the Police might “find” this was no suicide. (I don’t have to substantiate anything; this is not a court of law.)
Four minutes ago, Yahoo reports that police in Florida have found the body of the woman that they believe to be the D.C. Madam. You know, the woman that was being prosecuted for running an escort service that catered to, among others, some of our hypocritical politicians in Washington.
TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. - A woman police believe to be convicted Washington escort service operator Deborah Jeane Palfrey committed suicide, officials said Thursday.
Police said 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 or how she killed herself.
Palfrey was convicted April 15 by a federal jury of running a prostitution service that catered to members of Washington's political elite…She had denied her escort service engaged in prostitution, saying that if any of the women engaged in sex acts for money, they did so without her knowledge.
She 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.
This is from the article on Wikipedia:
In combination with Palfrey's statement that she has 10,000 to 15,000 phone
numbers of clients, this has caused several clients' lawyers to contact Palfrey to see whether accommodations could be made to keep their identities private.
Ultimately, ABC News, after going through what was described as "46 lbs" [21 kg]
of phone records, decided that none of the potential clients was sufficiently
"newsworthy" to bother mentioning.
Right. I trust ABC news not to cover anything up. AND there is a contradiction right in the same paragraph; if none of these clients were important, why was there such a fuss and why were so many lawyers contacting Miss Palfrey’s lawyer to keep their names out of the paper? The next paragraph also contradicts the idea that none of the clients were “newsworthy:”
The scandal has led to the resignation of Ambassador Randall L. Tobias from his State Department position and as the Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development. Also named was Washington Times columnist Harlan Ullman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
On July 9th, 2007 Palfrey released the supposed entirety of her phone records for public viewing and download on the Internet in TIFF format, though days prior to this, her civil attorney Montgomery Blair Sibley had dispatched 54 CD-ROM copies to researchers, activists, and journalists. Senator David Vitter (R-LA)
acknowledged on the night of July 9th that he had been a customer of Palfrey's
Ever hear that name Harlan Ullman before? Neither had I, but apparently he was very involved with planning of the Iraq War. Read on (from Forbes.com):
Prosecutors listed among their witnesses several former escorts as well as
military strategist Harlan Ullman, who is known for developing the "shock and awe" warfare strategy.
Palfrey says Ullman was a regular client. Ullman has declined to discuss what he has called "outrageous allegations."
Okay, some might think that the damage has been done and this woman is no longer any threat to anyone, so why would anyone even suspect that this was anything other than a suicide? She had been convicted and she was going to be sentenced in July. Isn’t that enough, when facing 55+ years in prison, to suspect that she would commit suicide?
Yes, and NO. Read on from the Yahoo article (found at http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080501/ap_on_re_us/escort_list ):
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
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."
Things that make you go “Hmmmm,” indeed. And there’s this from the Wikipedia article:
On March 13th 2008 Deborah Jeane Palfrey stated live on the Alex Jones Show that she would never kill herself. [this statement has no citation]
The above statement proves nothing. HOWEVER, my problem with this “suicide” is that I have done a lot of reading and, it is my experience that whenever there is a scandal involving Washington politicians, and this becomes more true the more powerful the politician is, witnesses and accusers tend to die in “car accidents” at a high rate, followed by an abnormally high rate of “suicides.”
Now you want to call me a “conspiracy theorist.” Go ahead. But, I dare you to get on the internet and research other scandals involving high government officials. See for yourself, from “traditional” media sources, the rate at which folks that are threatening the powers that be die in car accidents, plane accidents and by suicide. Compare it to the statistics for those kinds of deaths for the average American. You will see that there is statistical data to support the “possibility” that it is BAD to get involved with Washington politicians and possibly deadly to cross them.
If you want to look at the telephone records, here is a website that purports to provide them: http://deborahjeanepalfrey.com/telephoneRecords.html Sphere: Related Content