Thursday, May 01, 2008

Suicide? Uh Huh.

Well at best you can call me skeptical on this one, or a conspiracy theorist at worst. Either way, it sure smells fishy to me. Via the Houston Chronicle.

A woman convicted just weeks ago of being the "D.C. madam" hanged herself today, apparently making good on her vow never to go to prison for running a high-end Washington prostitution ring. The body of Deborah Jeane Palfrey was found in a shed near her mother's manufactured home about 20 miles northwest of Tampa. Police said the 52-year-old left a suicide note, but they did not disclose its contents.

Ok, I guess we'll have to wait to see what the note says, but she did have a pretty high powered client list, included disgraced Louisiana Sen. David Vitter. And while she was convicted of running a prostitution service and money laundering, she only faced a 6 year maximum prison sentence. Hardly worth hanging yourself over, don't you think? Then there's this:

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.

The plot is definitely thickening.

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