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DC Madam Suicide… or not?

In the previous post I took a skeptical view of the so-called Smiley Face Gang, a hypothetical cabal of serial killers supposedly taking out fine young men all over the country by dunking them in local bodies of water.

This time I’m not going to give an opinion. I’m just going to present what’s out there, and see what you think.

Deborah Jeane Palfrey, the so-called DC Madam, was found guilty of racketeering and money laundering on April 15 of this year. She faced serious prison time. [Be sure to follow the links for back-story.]

Palfrey apparently committed suicide on or about May 1, 2008. Her body was found in a shed next to her mother’s residence in Tarpon Springs, Florida. Using nylon rope, Palfrey hanged herself from the ceiling of the shed. The Associated Press reported that Palfrey left at least two suicide notes for family members. The wire service also quoted a Tarpon Springs PD spokesperson who indicated that Palfrey’s mother saw “no sign that her daughter was suicidal, and there was no immediate indication that alcohol or drugs were involved.”

I am not the first to notice the following, or think it was worth noting.

Deborah Jeane Palfrey said in the early 1990s that she feared for her physical safety if incarcerated.

In 1991 Palfrey was facing trial in San Diego, charged with pimping, pandering and extortion. She didn’t show for her trial and sent the judge a letter that read in part, “If taken into custody, my physical safety and most probably my very life would be jeopardized […] rape, beating, maiming, disfigurement and more than likely murder disguised in the form of just another jailhouse accident or suicide would await me.”

Jeane Palfrey felt that the San Diego vice squad responsible for her arrest had “a vendetta” against her.

In that case, she was eventually sentenced to 18 months in jail anyway, and she survived.

And anyway — her “prediction” of being suicided was in relation to the pending charges in San Diego. It was based on her apparent fear of the San Diego PD vice squad. It wasn’t some mystical forecast of her death today, made some 17 years in advance. That much seems obvious.

Since Palfrey’s suicide was reported earlier today, PrisonPlanet.com has claimed that Palfrey pointedly said she would not commit suicide after the racketeering trial in April. The site posted mp3s to that effect. PrisonPlanet says the mp3s are of Palfrey “clearly” stating “she would not commit suicide.”

As PrisonPlanet notes in the article linked above, no less than Time magazine has published an article online in which author Dan Moldea stated that Palfrey told him “wasn’t going to jail, she told [Moldea] that very clearly.” Moldea said that Palfrey said “she would commit suicide.”

I can’t vouch for the veracity or the accuracy of what is published on PrisonPlanet.com. It’s quite popular, but it is also run by Alex Jones, who is a noted conspiracy theorist. One of Jones’s pet obsessions is the idea that 9/11 was part of a globalist effort to establish a new world order. Jones has also worked to repeal the Patriot Act, a worthy cause to anyone who believes in the freedom of speech. Still, I do think that you should take everything published by Jones with a grain of salt.

Was Deborah Jeane Palfrey a paranoiac and narcissist with an antisocial streak? Her efforts to avoid jail in the early 90s might support such an assessment. While cops can certainly have a vendetta against an accused criminal, Palfrey seemed to believe a large portion of the SDPD was against her. That would be a pretty paranoid yet vain view of things, since there were surely plenty of other, more serious lawbreakers to be found in San Diego at the time.

Or could Palfrey perhaps have something in common with Russian journalists and whistleblowers like Anna Politkovskaya and Alexander Litvinenko? Many felt that Palfrey had more dirt on high rollers in DC than anyone truly knew — even though a lot of sleuthing has been done in her phone records for quite some time now with no truly stunning results. It is widely believed that the Putin regime has been behind the murders of several journalists, especially investigative reporters seeking the truth behind Putin’s policies and goals.

Even though Deborah Jeane Palfrey was certainly not a journalist, she still was in a position to know the secrets of some truly powerful people. Did one of those powerful people seek to shut her down once and for all?

Or is that exactly what she might want us to think?

Post your thoughts below. Please keep it civil, sane, and on-topic. Personal attacks and verbal abuse will not be tolerated.

Additional links:

‘D.C. Madam’ Is Found Dead, Apparently in a Suicide.” [NYT]
DC Madam Deborah Jeane Palfrey Dead in Suicide.” [HuffPo]
Added on 5/02/08 — Many thanks to Willoughby Mariano at the Orlando Sentinel for linking this post from her Orlando Homicide Report.