Senate ethics panel dismisses Vitter's complaints against Reid, Boxer

WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- The Senate ethics panel dismissed a case alleging improper conduct by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Ethics Chairwoman Barbara Boxer, D-Calif.

Mother of 'D.C. Madam' opposing photos

TARPON SPRINGS, Fla., Aug. 7 (UPI) -- The mother of Deborah Jeane Palfrey, the so-called "D.C. Madam," says photographs of her daughter's suicide in Tarpon Springs, Fla., should not be released.

Ethics complaint against Vitter dropped

WASHINGTON, May 8 (UPI) -- The Senate Ethics Committee Thursday dismissed a watchdog group's complaint against U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-La., on his alleged involvement with a prostitute.

D.C. madam's death confirmed as suicide

TARPON SPRINGS, Fla., May 5 (UPI) -- The death of the so-called D.C. Madam was officially ruled a suicide Monday by a medical examiner in Florida.

Body found in Florida that of D.C. Madam

TARPON SPRINGS, Fla., May 1 (UPI) -- The body found in a shed in Florida was identified as the D.C. Madam, convicted of running a high-priced prostitution ring, police said Thursday.

D.C. Madam guilty, jury finds

WASHINGTON, April 15 (UPI) -- A federal jury in Washington deliberated for less than a day before returning a guilty verdict Tuesday against the so-called D.C. Madam.

Jury receives D.C. Madam prostitution case

WASHINGTON, April 14 (UPI) -- Jurors in a federal courtroom in Washington began deliberating Monday in the so-called D.C. Madam case in which an escort service was accused of prostitution.

Ph.D. call girl testifies in Palfrey trial

WASHINGTON, April 10 (UPI) -- Washington prosecutors in the trial of the alleged "D.C. Madam" have called seven ex-prostitutes to the stand, including one who holds a Ph.D.

'D.C Madam' jury selection starts

WASHINGTON, April 7 (UPI) -- Jury selection began Monday in Washington in the trial of Deborah Jeane Palfrey, better known as the "D.C. Madam," accused of running a prostitution ring.

Lie detector backs up hooker on Vitter

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Publisher Larry Flynt said Tuesday the New Orleans prostitute who claims U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-La., as a customer passed a lie detector test.

D.C. Madam: Navy officer was an escort

WASHINGTON, July 21 (UPI) -- The woman who has become notorious as the "D.C. Madam" says a female Navy officer stationed in Annapolis worked for her escort service.

La. senator denies prostitution allegation

WASHINGTON, July 17 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-La., said this week that an allegation linking him to several New Orleans prostitutes is completely unfounded. The junior Louisiana senator, who previously admitted to having ties with the "D.C. Madam," said he did not have a rel

Hustler says it leaked senate sex scandal

WASHINGTON, July 11 (UPI) -- Hustler magazine is taking credit for leaking the news that U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-La., was a client of "D.C. Madam" Deborah Jeane Palfrey.

D.C. Madam releases phone records

WASHINGTON, July 11 (UPI) -- The public release of phone records belonging to alleged Washington D.C. Madam Deborah Jeane Palfrey has some working overtime in the dig for dirt.

La. senator on D.C. Madam's list

WASHINGTON, July 10 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-La., offered up an apology Monday for his phone number turning up in the records of the so-called D.C. Madam.
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D.C. Madam
Louisiana Sen. David Vitter speaks to reporters at a hotel in Metairie, Louisiana, July 16, 2007. Vitter apologized again for "a serious sin in my past," a week after phone records showed he had contacted the D.C. madam. He and his wife, Wendy, refused to answer questions after their brief statements. (UPI Photo/A.J. Sisco)

Deborah Jeane Palfrey (March 18, 1956 – May 1, 2008) (dubbed the D.C. Madam by the news media) operated Pamela Martin and Associates, an escort agency in Washington, D.C. Although she argued that the company's services were legal, she was convicted on April 15, 2008 of racketeering, using the mail for illegal purposes, and money laundering. Slightly over two weeks later, facing a prison sentence of five or six years, she was found hanged. Autopsy results and the final police investigative report concluded that her death was a suicide.

Palfrey was born in Charleroi, Pennsylvania, but grew up partially in Orlando, Florida. Her father was a grocer. She graduated from Rollins College with a degree in criminal justice, and attended Thomas Jefferson School of Law, but did not graduate. Working as a paralegal in San Diego, California, and later as a cocktail waitress, she became involved in the escort business. Dismayed at how most services were run, including widespread drug abuse, she started her own company recruiting mostly women over 25. In 1990 she was arrested on charges of pimping, pandering and extortion; after fleeing to Montana she was captured while trying to cross the Canadian border and brought back for trial. Following her conviction in 1992 she spent 18 months in jail. After her release, she founded Pamela Martin and Associates.

In October 2006, United States Postal Inspection Service agents posed as a couple who were interested in buying Palfrey's home as a means of accessing her property without a warrant. Agents froze bank accounts worth over US$500,000, seizing papers relating to money laundering and prostitution charges.

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