Florida police are investigating the apparent suicide of a woman they believe to be the so-called D.C. Madam, who was found dead in the Florida mobile home of the madam Deborah Jeane Palfrey's mother Thursday.
Local police responding to a call discovered the woman's body in a storage shed to the side of the home, according to a statement released by the Tarpon Springs, Fla., Police. Hand-written notes were found nearby which "describes the victim's intention to take her life," according to the statement.
Foul play does not appear to have been involved, according to the police. They did not immediately release the contents of the notes.
Palfrey was recently convicted on federal charges stemming from operating a prostitution service in the Washington, D.C., area with a number of high-profile clients.
A jury in Washington, D.C. found Palfrey guilty of money laundering, racketeering and using the mail for illegal purposes in connection with a prostitution ring she ran from 1993 to 2006.
Several well-known men were reportedly clients of her service, including former U.S. Agency for International Development chief Randall Tobias and Sen. David Vitter, R-La.
In an interview last year, Palfrey vowed to fight the federal prosecutors who brought the charges against her. "They just destroy you on every level, financially, emotionally, psychologically," she said, but still she refused to accept any deal they offered.
"I sure as heck am not going to be going to federal prison for one day, let alone, you know, four to eight years," Palfrey said.
Polybi's Point: There are two ways to look at this....society always finds a way to strap you back into line, even if they have to force you to remove yourself from it. The other, probably obvious, is that if one does not remove the more dangerous to the status quo themselves, they may need a little help in doing so.
It may be no coincidence that a lot of people are breathing easier this afternoon because of this, hoping that her secrets died with her. Then again, maybe they didn't. We have to soon see.
One thing, though. Between this, and the Texas child abductions, and a lot of other things, those who maintain the status quo will do whatever it takes to maintain it. Anything.