dong, the DC Madam is dead
from the rafters of her mother's shed.
Hide under yer covers, Ye Dicks and Ye Johns!
Ye Senators and Prosecutors, Ye Media Cons!
There's blood on yer hands, though you pretend to be clean,
Ye'll always be haunted by the Ghost of Deborah Jeane...
Madam wasn't sentenced to death by hanging, but she might
as well have been.
May 1, 2008, Deborah Jeane Palfrey, a.k.a. "Miz Julia," a.k.a.
The D.C. Madam, appears to have hung herself in the tiny shed
next to her mother's trailer in Florida. Of course, foul play
is well within the realm of possibility. All of the Johns
and Dicks she serviced, including apparently, U.S. V.P. Cheney,
covered their guilty dickheads and looked the other way, as
police, prosecutors and judges vilified, harassed and condemned
her, turning her into a "red meat" sacrifice for the sadistic
entertainment of the Religious Right in the Coliseum of the
These Dicks, Johns and Political Buttheads, including at least
a couple of war criminals, certainly were capable of having
such an inconvenient woman killed, even if they didn't actually
pull the noose, as Geraldo Rivera and others are suggesting,
in this case.
high-profile hangings are all the rage. Saddam last January,
Madam in May.
hung, like the Witches of Salem were hung. Some of those witches
may have been hookers, or just lustful women who "tempted"
the eyes of men away from God, proof of their hypocrisy. Her
elderly mother found her corpse on the First of May, Beltane
Day, one of the four High Sabbaths of the traditional witch's
of the evidence points to suicide, including handwritten farewell
notes and the word of confidants who claim she often said
she'd rather die than go to prison, not to mention the difficulty
(though not impossibility) of pulling off a quiet murder like
that in a trailer park. So there will be no further police
investigations into the life and death of the D.C. Madam or
her famous and infamous clients. Case closed.
You can hear the sighs of relief echoing through the Beltway
Halls of Power and Sanctimony, and in the joyless bedrooms
of the Potomac, as the guilty cringe under their covers with
their families and their homilies and their attorneys.
You can also hear another sound, the haunting moans of the
Ghost of Deborah Jeane, spectral white with death black hair
and a blood red mouth, holding up her Little Black Book like
a Bible, condemning all her condemners as accomplices to her
Senator David Vitter, R-La., and wife
Wendy (who looks like she just saw the
Ghost of Deborah Jeane).
there were her Johns and rumored Johns: Harlan "Mr. Shock
and Awe" Ullman, former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Randall
"Pizza Lover" Tobias, Louisiana Senator David "The Serious
Sinner" Vitter and Dick "The Prick" Cheney, among others,
whose names we may never know, but who know who they are.
your silence in the face of her suffering for your sins shame
you for the rest of your lives.
there were her prosecutors, led by the Good Christian Witch
Hunters, Assistant U.S. Attorneys Daniel Butler and Catherine
Connelly. Following in the footsteps of Ken Starr and Tomás
de Torquemada, they fingered and bullied Palfrey's former
escorts into testifying against her, forcing them to expose
their most private moments, making them answer questions like
"what if you were menstruating?" Butler and Connelly succeeded
in ruining at least a couple of women's careers in the process,
including a U.S. Navy officer, but never touching the Senator
or Veep whose numbers were found so conspicuously on the D.C.
was one of her
Butler and Connelly had an "easy" target in Palfrey who seems
to have naively assumed that if she never spelled out "SEX"
when she arranged for her clients to meet with her "subcontractors"
(even having the ladies sign contracts saying they weren't
having sex with her clients), that she wasn't breaking any
couldn't get her on prostitution, or even tax evasion (apparently,
Madam or not, this good citizen paid her taxes!). So Butler
and Connelly got a jury to convict her of "racketeering" and
money laundering, forcing her to face up to 55 years in prison
(though presumably she would "only" have to serve about 71
months). They did this despite or maybe because of the sickening
sexism of Councilor Butler's closing arguments, "When a man
agrees to pay US$250 for 90 minutes with a woman, what do
most men expect in that time? In that context, it's pretty
clear. Most men want sex."
you clever, Mr. Butler? You too, Ms. Connelly! You
wasted the tax payers' money on a small-time broker of the
exchange of cash for pleasure between consenting adults, and
you managed to drive your victim to her death! Take pride
in your cleverness as the image of her dead body hanging from
the rafters swings through your conscience for the rest of
your life. Your only salvation is resignation.
course, these assistant witch hunters won't resign. They'll
get promoted, the D.C. Madam's innocent corpse just another
rung to step on as they climb the ladder to success.
been in prison
I blogged a few words in her defense, I feel badly that I
didn't do more for her. In the much publicized lead-up to
her trial, I wrote satirically about "Hookergate"
and the hypocrisy of her two-faced Tartuffian johns. Her trial
went unusually quickly, then suddenly she was convicted, and
then, the news of her awful death, hanging from a nylon rope
in her mother's storage shed with suicide notes in her bedroom.
I couldn't help but break down in tears when I eulogized her
that killing yourself is almost always the wrong way out,
and I do not mean to glorify her suicide (if that is indeed
what it was). But there is no doubt that Deborah Jeane Palfrey
paid the ultimate price. If she did indeed take her own life
on the public stage just shortly after her conviction, she
put a curse upon her enemies.
As she placed her head in the noose, she placed a Beltane
witch's hex, upon all the ruthless and hypocritical dicks
and johns, cops and cowards, prosecutors and persecutors who
drove her to the noose. She sacrificed herself. Perhaps she
did it to escape the horrors of prison (which she knew all
too well). But she also did it, I think, to make a point,
to turn what most of us in the media - both the mainstream
and the blogosphere - had treated as a bit of a farce into
a real-life human tragedy.
she killed herself or was murdered, she died as a martyr.
Her sacrifice is just as powerful as that of a revolutionary
who dies defending her cause. Unlike the Catholic Church which
takes 100 years to recognize a saint, we here at the Dr. Susan
Block Institute and Bonobo Way are ready to canonize her now
as Saint Deborah Jeane, patron saint of sex workers and persecuted
Saint Deborah Jeane. May your persecutors be forever haunted
by your face, hanging from the noose.
Susan Block is a sex educator, cultural commentator,
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