D.C. Prosecutor Discusses Deborah Jeane’s Trial and Suicide

Prosecuters ‘quite anguished’ over DC Madam’s suicide

WASHINGTON – For the first time, D.C.’s top prosecutor is talking about what went on behind the scenes before Deborah Jeane Palfrey’s trial and about the D.C. Madam’s eventual suicide.

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  1. Asked by a listener why the men who used the escort service weren’t prosecuted, Taylor says it was a judgment call.

    “That’s always a tough issue. It’s a judgment call. We try to do what’s right and what’s fair and exercise our discretion in a responsible way.”

    Funny how that almost invariably seems to be the case. Assholes.

  2. No kidding. It’s never a judgment call to “do what’s right and what’s fair” by deciding not harass and terrorize prostitutes.

  3. Why the fuck aren’t feminists outraged by this?

    (And I don’t mean “let’s go after the clients” outrage. I mean “fuck the gov interfering with my pussy” outrage!)

  4. Karly,

    I think it’s because a lot of feminists are perfectly okay with everyone interfering with the collective pussy of sex workers. We don’t have rights to our bodies anyway — according to what I can glean from their thoughts on sex work.

    XX

  5. These feminists contradict themselves. They say that women have the right to control their own bodies when it comes to abortion and birth control, but not when it comes to having sex for pay.

    It’s NO WONDER that they complain about losing ground with women’s rights. They obviously believe that only middle and upper-class women have rights (provided these women don’t earn their money through sex).

  6. This prosecutor was a political appointee by the current administration. He’s a liar when he says this prosecution wasn’t politically motivated. And he’s a liar when he said his office was shocked by her death. Her blood is on his as well as the American Tax paying public’s hands.
    He’ll be replaced soon. The question is, with what?

  7. I’ll tell you why we “feminists” aren’t up in arms about her death – we’re running scared for our own lives. In 1984 – I was very much Jeanne Palfrey. I also knew how it was going to be to get on with her life after she got released from jail – and had to live on probation without making waves. I reached out to her and told her of my similiar history – and that maybe I could do what we do in 12 step programs “offer our experience, strength and hope”. I had a lot of people worried their names would be released – so the death attempts strarted in on me. I had both cops and mobsters and politician and known actors and studio heads not want me to spill my guts about what I knew. I thought I was paranoid until my lawyer starts having his “snitches” coming back to him hearing reports about contracts on my head, and then getting phone calls from various people threatening to kill me if I “talk” or if I “give up the videotape” etc. My lawyer advised me differently than Jeanne. He told me to plea bargain, then change my name and make myself disappear and that once everyone figured out I wasn’t going to rat anyone out – that they would then leave me alone. He also warned me to stay with my 80 year old grandmothers house at all times. He said if I stayed anywhere else – they would come in and make it look like anything they wanted – which they wouldn’t in her home. He told me not to take out the trash or walk the dogs – but to stay in the house until he told me it was clear. I did this and I’m alive now. As Jeanne and i are making friends _ am trying to give her the benefit of my experience of being in her shoes.. I’m suggesting she take plea bargains – make a statement she’s not going to release names, etc. Jeanne was like mad pit bull – nothing was going to convince her to change her course. She also was never worried about money aftr prison. I had a deal negotiating with producers called “Mad as a Madam” where madams like her, myself, Heidi Fleiis, etc., were going to tell their stories about the common way white female madams are treated by our socieity and used to “tell stories” to the women in our country about what happens to sexually and finally free women like madams are. We were getting investors – and she knew this project would happen – along with her boook deal and a movie deal about her life. So she had things to do and money to make on the way out.; I had many many times told Jeanne that if she felt threatened – to go stay with her mother immediately — and not to leave the house. Of course she reacted like I was nuts. But the morning after her sentencing – I got ahold of her. She told me she felt she was being followed and that they were going to either kill her or take her records. She was not depressed – she had said that she would not be sentenced because she was going to reveal even more important names becasue of this guilty verdict. Early in the morning – her condo manager saw yer putting her files into the back of her back. She said she was being followed and was scared. Then she did something she only would have done because of my advice – went to stay with her mom so she’d be safe. This is why I find it interesting she was found hung in the shed. She knew not to leave the house – but some one lured her out and than that happened. When I called her mom – she told me at first she knew it was suicide. But then the police were all over her house. Suddenly she changes her tune to suicide. I called again and she told me she is living alone and scared that once the media goes away – whoever kiilled her will be back to make it look like she died of grief. I told her I understood her positiion and agreed that unless I could find a way to fly to Florida – that she had to protect herself that way. I read the so called “suicide notes” – they were financial instructions for her sister on how to take care of her mother while she was in prison – there were no suicide notes. I’m also the dumbest bunny in the garden because I asked her mom for the name of the detective who was in charge of the investigation. I took all my phone records and my emails from her – printed them out – and shipped them to this detective as “proof” of not only this not being suicide – but who I believed was behind her death. The next morning – a clerk in the local courthouse reported to me that a call from police in Florida came into their small town’s phone. The cops are told they have to come “get” me. They put together a warrrant based on me doing no crime to search for items they would not name and I had 5 cops and 1 drug dog show up at my home. They spent 5 hours trearing apart my home. When they found nothing to arrest me on – they decided that a house this messy is not habitavle for my 16 year old daughter to live in. They call CPS and demand they come get my kid and lock me up as a negligent parrent. Luckily CPS laughed.. The police said I had an hour to clean it up or they’d arrest me anyway. I’m literaly on disability – but I went ahead and did it anyway. They came back – and got even madder. Then every morning they called my landlord and told him he had to throw me out of there because they wanted me out of the state. He reffuses for 4 weeks. Then he comes to tell me they have said they are going to “come get me” on the next Monday. He said he had no idea what that meant – but it clearly meant I should leave town and not find out. I put an ad on CL and moved into a room share situation where my name wasn’t on anything. That must have pissed them off because the same cop called my bank and claimed I was using a fradulent ID card ad my bank account should be shut down. Then he called Social Security and told them I’d moved and had no forwardin address – so my chekc had to be held until I could verify my new address – and get a new bank account to deposit my money into. I spent 3 months without any money, no health insurance, nothing. I had to get food at food banks. I had to rely on my landlord trusting me for the rent. It was absolutely insane. But since I was the closest person to her – when Geraldo wanted me to appear on his show to talk about her death – I was too busy packing my things up and getting the hell out of dodge away from these cops. I knew another woman who had Jeanne’s phone records – but she said after I’ve seen what they did to you – I’m not going on tv or lettting anyone know I have these records.

    It’s been made very clearly to me that there are some very powerful men who don’t want any evidence of her death not being a suicide brought to the media.

    I laid low for a while and have my life back on track. Now I’m going to start barking at these guys’ heels because I’m tired of our deaths not being properly investigated and that hookers and madams are considered easily disposible witnesses and victims.

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