She Said She Wouldn't Spend One Day in Prison, and She Made Good On That Promise
Deborah Jeane Palfrey, best known as the "D.C Madam" was found hanging from a nylon rope in a shed outside of her mother's Florida mobile home.
Palfrey's mother, Blanche Palfrey, found her daughter's body hanging from a rafter in the shed Thursday, only two weeks after Palfrey was convicted of running a prostitution service known for catering to Washington's political elite.
Blanche Palfrey told police she did not have an indication that her 52-year-old daughter would take her own life according to police Capt. Jeffrey Young.
Police released that two suicide notes and other writings meant for Palfrey's family were found, but did not say what those writings or the suicide notes said.
"She opened the shed to go in and she found her daughter hanging there," said 73-year-old Irwin Matthews, a neighbor who said that she was hysterical and calling for help after finding her daughter dead.
Palfrey was convicted April 15 of money laundering, using the mail for illegal purposes as well as racketeering. Through the federal trial, Palfrey maintained she was innocent, ans said that her escort service was not a cover for prostitution. Palfrey contended that any sexual acts preformed for money were done without her knowledge.
"I'm sure as heck not going to be going to federal prison for one day, let alone four to eight years, because I'm shy about bringing in the deputy secretary of whatever," Palfrey said to ABC after releasing phone records revealing some of her clients last year. "Not for a second. I'll bring every last one of them in if necessary."