Sunday, May 4, 2008


WESH, FL The building manager, who did not want to show his face, talked with [Jeanne] Palfrey Monday before she left for her mother's in Tarpon Springs. He strongly believes Palfrey's death was not a suicide.

"Jean Palfrey was a class act. She wore very good clothes. She was well educated. Her way out of this world certainly would not have been in an aluminum shed attached to a mobile home in Tarpon Springs, Florida," he said.

Palfrey was convicted of running a high-profile escort service for Washington's elite and faced a sentencing this summer that would likely lead to many years in prison. But she was found hanged Thursday at her mother's home and investigators said they have no doubt it was a suicide.

"A couple handwritten notes. At least one note was found inside residence indicating her intent to take her life," Capt. Jeffrey Young of the Tarpon Springs Police Department said of Palfrey's death.

Palfrey's building manager said she often told him she believed she was being followed and he thinks there may have been some former clients of her escort service who wanted her dead.

"She insinuated that there is a contract out for her and I fully believe they succeeded," her building manager said.

Palfrey's Lexus is still parked in the Park Lake garage and the staff said on Monday, she asked about making sure her condo fees would continue to be paid during what Palfrey anticipated would be six years in prison.

They said she left that day with some suitcases and a box.

"She had one white paper file box that she told me had some important paper with her and then she just kind of raised her eyebrows like you're supposed to think oh yeah, that's all the information that she had on her business in Washington," her building manager said.


At May 4, 2008 12:10 PM, Anonymous m said...

Suicide by hanging, which is almost always slow strangulation lasting to 20 minutes or more, is painful and disfiguring. Ms Palfrey is likely to have known this from the hanging death of one of her girls.

Toxic substances are a favorite method of suicide by women because they are nonviolent, and do not disfigure the face.

Pick the right ones and they are not only painless, but anxietolytic as well. Ms Palfrey undoubtedly had the contacts to access sufficient quantities of barbiturates and opiates, as well as sufficient intelligence to learn how to use them.

At May 5, 2008 12:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hanging can be a nearly instantaneous death if done correctly---short rope, long fall= broken neck and immediate unconsciousness.
However, I'm reluctant to believe this hanging death had anything to do with suicide. And, maybe the way it was implemented possibly did lead to a slow, tortuous death. If that was indeed the case, I'm willing to wager that it had more to do with sadism than ineptitude, which is to say the correct description for this crime ought to be murder.

At May 5, 2008 8:20 AM, Anonymous m said...

Hollywood style suicide hangings are celluloid fiction. Even those done by practiced executioners using the military height/weight tables for computing the drop all too often have gone awry. It is not only the drop, but also the correct placement and fall of the knot which lead to the jerking of the neck sideways, a clean break and near instantaneous death.

From a description of the execution of the so called "Young Turks" in Angora:
"Dr. Nazim Pasha's executioner, a man of skill, drew the noose tight under one ear. Ensued "a perfect hanging." The head, jerked to one side by the knot, snapped the neck vertebra, bringing instant death. Less fortunate was Deputy Hilmi Bey. His hangman, a clumsy lout, was forced to hang him twice. "


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