A federal jury convicted Palfrey on April 15 of running a prostitution service that catered to members of Washington's political elite, including Sen. David Vitter, a Louisiana Republican. She was convicted of money laundering, using the mail for illegal purposes and racketeering.
<Palfrey>wrote in August 1991 following an attempt to bring her to trial,"If taken into custody, my physical safety and most probably my very life would be jeopardized, rape, beating, maiming, disfigurement and more than likely murder disguised in the form of just another jailhouse accident or suicide would await me," said Palfrey in a handwritten letter to the judge accusing the San Diego police vice squad of having a vendetta against her.
"No I'm not planning to commit suicide," Palfrey told The Alex Jones Show on her last appearance. She also said "that she was at risk of being killed and that authorities would make it look like suicide" and that "if she was found dead it would be murder." "I'm planning on going into court and defending myself vigorously and exposing the government," she said.
On May 1, 2008 Palfrey died in Tarpon Springs, Florida, from what authorities have called as suicide. She was staying with her mother at the time. Palfrey's body was found in a small storage shed attached to her mother's mobile home. Tarpon Springs police reported finding handwritten suicide notes near the body.
During several recent appearances on The Alex Jones Show, Palfrey also said that she was at risk of being killed and that authorities would make it look like suicide. She made it clear that she was not suicidal and if she was found dead it would be murder.
Palfrey had threatened to release the names of well-known clients of her upscale call girl ring in the nation's capitol, and had indicated that Dick Cheney may be one of them.
Sexual transgressions are pretty serious in a country as moral as ours. Abuse of power, financial fraud, betrayal of the public trust, all that is bad too. If I had the power to whack people who could document all the things I do wrong, and if I could operate in secret, using skilled operatives loyal to me, I might leave a trail of suicides up and down Main Street. Let it be a lesson to all who might out me. Of course that is just me. And, I have no such power. I am just daydreaming about the world I might want, if I could be King for a Day. Philanthropy is ok, in creating realms of power and influence, but I would rather be a Tyrant. Why build the world we want bit by bit when we could seize it by fraud and force? However she died, may Deborah Jeane Palfrey rest in peace. We cannot cure what we don't understand and a lot of stuff we probably would not want to understand. Better, really, to keep it positive.