U.S. police unveils suicide notes of convicted “D.C. Madam”

By Xinhua,

Washington : U.S. police unveiled on Monday the suicide notes of “D.C. Madam” Deborah Jeane Palfrey who was convicted for running an illegal prostitution business serving VIPs in Washington area.

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Police in Tarpon Springs, Florida, released the notes and autopsy results confirming the cause of Palfrey’s death last Thursday at her mother’s home as a suicide.

Her mother and sister confirmed the notes’ authenticity, police said.

“I cannot live the next 6 to 8 years behind bars for what you and I have both 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,” she wrote.

Palfrey, 52, was convicted of money laundering, racketeering and mail fraud in April.

She had been staying at her mother’s Tarpon Springs home while awaiting sentencing in July and told ABC News last year she would never return to prison after serving time in the 1990s for other prostitution-related charges.

“You must comprehend there was no way out for me,” Palfrey wrote in the note to her sister.

Last year, Palfrey released the telephone records of her business to reporters as she awaited trial.

Those records caught two high-profile officials — State Department official Randall Tobias, who resigned later after confirming he patronized Palfrey’s business, and Senator of Louisiana David Vitter who later apologized for “a very serious sin in my past.”

Palfrey had said in interviews that she would kill herself before going to prison.

She also said the government “went after me. They found out that I’m not who they thought I was, and instead of dropping the whole matter, they decided to press forward and — what the heck –she’s a woman, she’s weak. We’ll intimidate her, we’ll humiliate her, we’ll pounce on this poor lady and she’ll give in.”