Vallejo’s ‘DC Madam’ dead, an apparent suicide

Various news outlets are reporting Deborah Jeane Palfrey — the “DC Madam” from the North Bay who ran a high-priced escort service for Beltway bigwigs — has taken her own life while at her mother’s home in Florida. She had been convicted a few weeks ago of money laundering, using the mail for illegal purposes and racketeering, but she had not yet been sentenced.

Keep up with reports from our very own Vallejo Times-Herald or from the Washington Post. Palfrey’s own Web site says it’s “off line until further notice.”

Let the conspiracy theories begin.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.