May 02, 2008

Today's Lessons:

1) If you decide to take your own life, do so in a place where you will not be found by your mother, your father, your spouse, or your child. Unless you are sending a message, of course.

2) Prostitution should be legal.

I wonder what pushed this woman over the edge; I'm not necessarily buying the narrative that's being peddled by the media. But my points still stand.

Via Memeorandum.

Posted by Attila Girl at May 2, 2008 01:35 AM | TrackBack

As a very conservative Christian, I still have to agree that prostitution should be legal; however, for a married person to make use of prostitutes (as such) constituted breach of contract and that should entitle the other spouse to legal remedy.

One of the madam's employees offed herself in 2006 (if I read the story correctly), so there is now enough fodder for a good old-fashioned conspiracy theory.

Posted by: John at May 2, 2008 03:42 AM

Ach! "constituted" should be "constitutes". Edit at will.

Posted by: John at May 2, 2008 03:45 AM

I agree on both points. My first reaction to the news, Mama's shed? no no no. I wonder about her lawyers, that she couldn't use her client list for a nice plea bargain. My main beef with the sex trade is the presence of pimps, cop harrassment, and abuse. Otherwise, it's a matter of freedom to choose one's livelihood. It's no more tawdry than some other professions. Men are supposedly the predators here, but from my observations driving cab, the women take charge right off the bat. (And well they should.) A curious aside: when they have a john in the cab, the women talk to the driver like you're one of the gang. Not so when they're alone, then you get demands for a fare discount and no tip. Someone ought to study the psychology of this trade. Wait. Isn't there a library's worth of such books? Maybe one professor per university? Someone should study that.

Posted by: Gary Ogletree at May 2, 2008 05:01 AM

I love when the lead investigator comes to a final determination in seconds. Anyone who says "no question" before any forensic determination needs to be standing on the corner directing traffic until some questions come to mind. I saw Deborah Jeane Palfrey being interviewed several times and she seemed to thrive in the spotlight. And in this game of legal hold 'em, why would she fold before the flop when her client list dealt her a pair of aces?

Posted by: Darrell at May 2, 2008 10:50 AM

Much like Jimmy Hoffas murder and the fish found on Chuckie O'Brians car seat, ("sleeping with the fish"). Palfreys being found in a shed next to her mothers trailor would suggest ("White trailor trash") and a signature of organized crime.

Posted by: tonynoboloney at May 2, 2008 11:22 AM

Don't know how much truth is behind this info or phone records but its sure worth being checked out before someone decides to delete it:

Any comments, questions or concerns can be addressed to :
Montgomery Sibley, Palfrey's lawyer

Posted by: Liberty4all at May 2, 2008 05:06 PM

You're not suggesting that this was an assisted suicide, are you?

Posted by: I R A Darth Aggie at May 3, 2008 12:09 PM

I'm saying murder has to be ruled out. Forensics has to rule out that no one "assisted". The body has to be fingerprinted. It has to be examined under different frequencies of light, and different filters, that would show trace evidence of hands and fingers on the body or clothing, traces such as skin cells and natural oils, etc

Days later, the body should be examined again to see if bruises have developed postmortem. Nothing should be taken for granted.

We have the tools. We have the science. Why rush to judgment?

In those London terrorist bombings, the London police chief exonerated the Brazilian man shot by police within hours of the shooting. The man was an electrician, and was living and dealing with those known to be responsible. Couldn't we wait until we compared the bomb fragments with the electrician's tools and other evidence collected at his home and work site before we made a determination? What if the tool marks matched cuts on recovered wires from the bomb blasts? What if wires and electrical tape fragments matched? There is nothing wrong with saying that at first glance it appears to be unrelated. But our investigations will continue.

Posted by: Darrell at May 3, 2008 02:58 PM

I suppose it could be suicide. In which case, doing it where her mother would find her is about as appalling as one could imagine. (Well, I could imagine one worse thing, from personal experience, but never mind!)

But yeah, probably murder.

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