‘D.C. Madam’ Debra Palfrey Commits Suicide in Apparent Hanging according to Florida Police

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Thanks to Fox News for this article….flagranny2

Deborah Jeane Palfrey, the 52-year-old woman known as the “D.C. Madam,” committed suicide Thursday morning at her mother’s home in a trailer park in the Tampa area, Tarpon Springs Police told FOXNews.com.

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“It was her, and she’s deceased,” said Frank Ruggiero, a public information officer with the Tarpon Springs Police Department. “There’s no question that it was a suicide.”

Palfrey apparently hanged herself with a nylon rope that she wrapped around a metal beam in a shed on the property, according to police.

Authorities said her 76-year-old mother, Blanche Palfrey, positively identified the dead woman as her daughter.

Deborah Jeane Palfrey was found guilty on April 15 by a D.C. jury on charges of racketeering and money laundering related to her operating a prostitution ring.

• ‘D.C. Madam’ Deborah Jeane Palfrey Found Guilty on All Counts

She had threatened to reveal the names of her clients — many believed to be high-profile political and business figures — if prosecutors went forward with their case.

Ruggiero said police arrived at the scene at 10:52 a.m. Thursday and Palfrey was pronounced dead a short while later.

She was reportedly staying at the mobile home of her mother Blanche, who awoke from a nap and searched the premises before noticing that a bicycle had been moved. She went to the shed to investigate and found her daughter hanging from a ceiling beam, according to police.

A man answering the phone at Blanche Palfrey’s residence who identified himself as a family spokesman said she wasn’t able to speak to the media.

“We have no comment at this time,” he told FOXNews.com. He declined to give his name.

A statement released earlier by Tarpon Springs Police said the victim was found in a small storage shed located on the west side of the mobile home.

“Handwritten notes were found on scene that describe the victim’s intention to take her life, and foul play does not appear to be involved,” said Capt. Jeffrey P. Young.

Pinellas County Medical Examiners will determine the official cause of death, and are working with the FBI on the case.

The medical examiner’s office said Thursday that it wasn’t releasing any information on the case.

Louisiana Sen. David Vitter and former deputy secretary of state Randall L. Tobias both were tied by investigators to Palfrey’s high-end prostitution ring.

She had repeatedly denied the escort service engaged in prostitution, saying that if any of the women engaged in sex acts for money, they did so without her knowledge.

Palfrey faced a maximum of 55 years in prison and was free pending her sentencing July 24.

Click here for more on this story from MyFOXTampa.com.

FOXNews.com’s Catherine Donaldson-Evans in New York and Sharon Liss in D.C. contributed to this report.

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Breaking News -New York Governor Eliot Spitzer Resigns

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Spitzer Resigns Effective Monday Amid Links to Prostitution Ring

NEW YORK —  New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer resigned in disgrace Wednesday after getting caught in a call-girl scandal that shattered his corruption-fighting, straight-arrow image, saying: “I cannot allow my private failings to disrupt the people’s work.”

Spitzer will be replaced by Lt. Gov. David Paterson, who becomes New York’s first black governor, effective Monday. Spitzer’s minute-long statement made no mention of whether he had reached a deal with federal prosecutors to avoid charges

For Spitzer’s apology continue here

Spitzer Aides Say Wife Urging Gov. Not to Resign; Faces Impeachment Threat

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Breaking News —AP Reports N.Y. Gov. Eliot Spitzer Will Resign Effective Monday, March 17 

(And another one bites the dust…flagranny2)

NEW YORK —  The New York Times reports Silda Wall Spitzer is urging her disgraced husband not to resign, according to close aides of the governor. This comes as the chorus grows for him to quit and state Republicans threaten to begin impeachment preceedings if he doesn’t step down in 24 hours.

New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer faced a crescendo of calls for him to step down Tuesday as sources told the Associated Press that Spitzer had paid tens of thousands of dollars as a repeat customer of a high-priced prostitution service.

The Associated Press, quoting unnamed law enforcement officials, said Spitzer’s running tab for the trysts could have been as high as $80,000.

Earlier Tuesday, the New York Post reported that Spitzer has been soliciting prostitutes at least since 2002, according to unnamed sources.

Spitzer is considering resigning, but there are no plans for such an announcement Tuesday, a spokesman in the governor’s office told FOX News. The spokesman also said Spitzer had not yet come to a decision on whether or not to resign.

The latest speculation over the governor’s political future came a day after reports first surfaced that Spitzer allegedly is the person known only as “Client 9” in a federal affidavit about a high-priced prostitution ring that became public last week.

According to the affidavit, Client 9 arranged to meet a prostitute from the Emperors Club VIP sex organization in Washington, D.C., last month. Spitzer’s public schedule shows he visited Washington at the same time.

Amid increasing demands for Spitzer to step down, The Wall Street Journal cited a person close to the governor saying he could resign as soon as Tuesday evening.

New York Republicans will seek to impeach Spitzer if he does not resign within 48 hours, New York Assembly Republican leader James Tedisco told FOX News exclusively. Tedisco, speaking on FOX News’ “Hannity & Colmes,” said: “We believe it is an illegal activity he has been involved with.

“We’re going to give him 24 to 48 hours to do the right thing, and the right thing is to resign because he has been compromised. If that’s not the case … we’re going to ask the speaker to start impeachment proceedings,” Tedisco said Monday night.

A law enforcement official told The Associated Press Tuesday that the governor first came under suspicion because of cash payments from several bank accounts to an account operated by a call-girl ring.

Spitzer was the initial target of the investigation and was tracked using court-ordered wiretaps that appear to have recorded him arranging for a prostitute to meet him at a Washington hotel in mid-February, the official said.

The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the investigation.

The scandal surrounding the man who built his political reputation on rooting out corruption stunned the state. Calls for Spitzer’s resignation began immediately and intensified Tuesday, with the New York Daily News, New York Post and Newsday all demanding that he step down.

“Hit the road, John … and make it quick!” read the headline of the Daily News editorial; The Post called him “NY’s naked emperor.”

Spitzer retreated from public view Monday afternoon, after he appeared glassy-eyed with his shellshocked wife, Silda, at his side and apologized to his family and the public, but did not directly acknowledge any involvement with the prostitute.

“I have acted in a way that violates my obligations to my family and violates my — or any — sense of right and wrong,” he said. “I apologize to the public, whom I promised better.”

Spitzer allegedly paid for the call girl to take a train from New York to Washington — a move that opened the transaction up to federal prosecution because she crossed state lines. The governor has not been charged, and prosecutors would not comment on the case. A Spitzer spokesman said the governor has retained a large Manhattan law firm.

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Video:Click here to watch the clip of Tedisco speaking on ‘Hannity & Colmes.’

Click here to read the transcript of Tedisco’s appearance on ‘Hannity & Colmes.’

Video: Click here to watch Spitzer’s statement.

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Paige Birgfeld: Divers, Sonar Boat Search River For Missing Woman

 

Aug 9, 2007 9:30 am US/Mountain
Source: CBS4denver.com

In searching to find the lastest update on Paige Birgfeld since my last post of July 20th this one of August 9th is the most recent one I could find.  Obviously they are having a hard time as to not having much luck with their investigation as to any info they find leading any where. 

(AP) GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Dive teams and a sonar-equipped boat have searched the Gunnison River for a 34-year-old woman who has not been seen in more than a month.

Crews searched about 15 miles of the river on Wednesday in hopes of finding clues in the disappearance of Paige Birgfeld, who was last seen June 28.

Investigators and volunteers have found Birgfeld’s burned-out car and an unloaded handgun not far from the vehicle. They also recovered some of her personal items but declined to identify them.

Friends and family have described the twice-divorced Birgfeld as a devoted mother who sold kitchen products and held other jobs to support her three children. Authorities said Birgfeld also had an escort service, a discovery that surprised many who knew her.

On Saturday, search dogs released near where the car was found led investigators to a nearby RV dealership where a “person of interest” Lester Ralph Jones (foxnews) in the case is employed.

Investigators have not said what the dogs found, if anything.

‘Person of Interest’ named in Paige Birgfeld’s Case- she has been missing since June 30th

Created: Friday, 20 Jul 2007, 2:26 PM MDT
by JOHN ROMERO

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.  — 

Investigators in Mesa County have, for the first time, named a person of interest in the disappearance of 34-year-old Paige Birgfeld.

Investigators have twice searched the home of Lester Ralph Jones in connection with the disappearance, and Friday named him a person of interest in the case.

Mesa County Sheriff Stan Hikley has said their investigation was focusing on the escort service Birgfeld was running at the time of her disappearance. Sources tell Fox 31 that Jones was a client of the escort service, Models, Inc.

Fox 31 has also obtained the criminal history of Lester Ralph Jones, including a 1999 guilty plea in a kidnapping and assault case involving a former wife.

The police report obtained by Fox 31 says Jones tailed his then wife in a car at speeds over 100 miles per hour, allegedly side swiped her car off the road, rammed her, and put her in his car at gun point, according to witness statements in the Police Report.

The report also says Jones fired two shots at the male passenger in his then-wife’s car.

Police have not named Lesper Ralph Jones’ wife, Elaine Jones, as a person of interest. A person who has spoken to her since the case broke says she is innocent and was attending a family funeral at the time of Birgfeld’s disappearances.

Paige Birgfeld hasn’t been seen or heard from for three weeks, and was officially reported missing June 30th.

Paige Birgfeld:Police Suspect Foul Play in Disappearance of Colorado Mom

Sunday, July 08, 2007

[Authorities have used bloodhounds to search Birgfeld’s home and torched car.]

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Clorado authorities suspect foul play in the case of a missing mother who worked with an escort service and who hasn’t been seen in more than a week.Paige Birgfeld, 34, of Grand Junction, Colo., has not been seen or heard from since June 28. Police found her burning car in a parking lot a couple of miles from her home a day after the mother of three was reported missing.

“Nothing during the course of our investigation has lead us to believe that Paige walked away from her family or that she left of her own free will,” said Mesa County Sheriff Stan Hilkey in a statement released Saturday.

“Unfortunately, we do suspect foul play in her disappearance and the subsequent arson of her vehicle.”

Mesa County authorities have focused their search on persons of interest with whom Birgfeld may have come into contact while working for an escort service, Models Inc. She was known to her customers as “Carrie,” police said.

Birgfeld’s red Ford Focus was found ablaze in a business parking lot about 2 miles from her home on July 1.

Authorities have used bloodhounds to search Birgfeld’s home and torched car.

Her family believes she may have run into foul play in her work with the modeling agency and escort service.

“She was here in Grand Junction, and there was nothing out of the ordinary,” her father, Frank Birgfeld, told the Denver Post last week. “And then she simply vanished.”

Click here to read the Denver Post report.

Paige Birgfeld posted messages in March on http://www.chefsuccess.com indicating she feared the return of one of her ex-husbands, Rob Dixon, the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reported last week. She wrote that her children asked if their dad was going to kill her.

Dixon was arrested on charges of domestic violence after allegedly shoving Birgfeld during an argument and later pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of harassment, the Denver Post reported.

Investigators have questioned Dixon and said he is cooperating fully. Dixon’s attorney told the Post he was in Philadelphia working as a paramedic the week that Birgfeld disappeared.

On Monday night, about three dozen family members and friends held a candlelight vigil for Birgfeld to pray for her safe return.

Birgfeld is described as 5 feet 4 inches tall, weighing 110 pounds. She has sandy hair and hazel eyes and last was seen wearing a blue strapless top with flowers and blue denim shorts. She also goes by Paige Dixon and Paige Beigler, authorities said.

Anyone with information was asked to call the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department at 970-244-3500.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Accused Madam Reveals No New Clients – “These were not cheap women”

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: May 4, 2007
Filed at 11:58 p.m. ET

WASHINGTON (AP) — A woman accused of running a Washington-area prostitution ring detailed her business in a highly anticipated TV interview Friday night but identified no new well-known clients.

Deborah Jeane Palfrey supplied the ABC newsmagazine ”20/20” with 46 pounds of phone records from her escort service, Pamela Martin and Associates, in hopes that its investigation would ferret out clients who would testify that they did not have sex with the women Palfrey employed.

Some of the phone records could be tracked to prominent business executives, NASA officials, at least five military officers and exclusive neighborhood mansions, according to the ABC report. But there were no members of Congress or White House officials traced through Palfrey’s records, the network reported.

Palfrey, 51, of Vallejo, Calif., is charged in federal court with racketeering and money laundering associated with prostitution. She said she ran the business, Pamela Martin and Associates, from her laundry room, and that the women who worked for her signed contracts in which they promised not to have sex with clients. (*interesting running her business from her laundry room.  How appropriate, laundry room=dirty laundry*)  ”These were not cheap women.  These were very nice women who just needed to make a few extra dollars,” Palfrey said.

Palfrey did identify one of her escorts, a former university professor who committed suicide after being charged with prostitution.

Palfrey maintained the business was legitimate.

”I was selling fantasy sex,” Palfrey said.

The Washington escort service carried out its business undetected at some of the city’s most exclusive hotels, she said. The service charged a flat rate of $275 for 90 minutes, she said.

The most prominent client of Palfrey’s business was senior State Department official Randall Tobias, (*please see the initial post regarding Tobias*)

Tobias has said he obtained massages (*yeah right, I suppose he tried marijuana but didn’t inhale either*) but denied having sex with the escorts.

In court papers last month and again in Friday’s interview, Palfrey named Harlan Ullman, known as an author of the ”shock and awe” combat strategy, as a regular customer. Ullman’s attorney, Marc Mukasey, said Friday before the interview aired that Palfrey should not assume that Ullman will give helpful testimony on her behalf. He declined to elaborate.

On Thursday, a lawyer for Palfrey said an instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy was one of the service’s escorts and ABC reported that a secretary at a prominent law firm was another escort.

Montgomery Blair Sibley, Palfrey’s civil attorney, confirmed a report in the Navy Times that an academy instructor worked as an independent contractor for Palfrey’s service. Sibley said he didn’t know whether the person is still at the academy.

An academy spokeswoman said she had no information about Sibley’s claim.

ABC said a legal secretary at the Akin Gump law firm was suspended after telling her bosses that she had been secretly working as one of Palfrey’s escorts. ABC did not name the woman, who told Akin Gump she expects to be a government witness in the case.

Palfrey told ABC that most of her escorts worked for her because they needed the money (*well damn, you could have knocked me over with that statement*). Palfrey said she urged the women who answered her newspaper and phone book ads to think seriously before signing up.

”Many of these girls had never done this kind of work before,” Palfrey said.

Palfrey said some of the most popular women were in their 50s. She said that there was never an age limit, and that most of the women worked about three shifts a week, ending each night at 11 p.m.

”I made sure they either worked or went to school in the daytime,” she said. (*Well now isn’t that sweet, what a wonderful “mother hen” she was.  So protective of her “nighttime” girls*)

Palfrey, who was sentenced to 18 months in a California prison in 1991 after pleading guilty to attempted pimping, said she rejected an offer in the current case to plead guilty to reduced charges in return for a four-month prison term.

Palfrey and the Internet radio station wsRadio.com will auction tapes of five one-hour interviews with her next week, The Washington Post reported Friday. Bids will start at $5,000. (*and the proceeds will go to????*)

The station’s president, Chris Murch, declined to disclose details of the contract to the newspaper but said Palfrey will donate 10 percent of the proceeds to charity.  (*Ah, there we go, charity…..mmm, wonder if that could be “sweet charity”?*)

* my inserted comments*

Information: The New York Times