Do you recognize the woman on the left in this recent news photograph? That's Deborah Jeane Palfrey, recently convicted of running a Washington call-girl ring. You may have heard her referred to by her media nickname, the D.C. Madam.
The woman on the right in the picture is Deborah's mom. She was in the news last week too when she found her daughter's body swinging from a nylon rope in her Florida home. It is unusual that suicide notes are released to the public, but she left three.
The second (on the other side of the above Do Not Revive note) was to her mother:
And the third was to her sister Bobbie (Click on each to enlarge):
If you've got both the time and the interest, do yourself a Google search on "Palfrey murder" and see how the blogosphere has exploded with theories as to why, despite the medical examiner's certainly, this was not a suicide but a murder. Some even suggest the notes are forged, citing "evidence" like this:
Why would her note say, "I cannot live the next 6-8 years behind bars for what both you and I have come to regard as this 'modern day lynching,' only to come out of prison in my late 50s a broken, penniless and very much alone woman." They point out that most legal analysts expected her prison sentence, scheduled to be handed down July 24, to be more in the two-to-three year range and that she also stood to make millions to write a book in which she named the names of her famous D.C. clients.
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