Report on DC Madam's Suicide Ends Murder Speculation

Few new details released

Police in Florida are affirming that the so-called "DC Madam" committed suicide, as they close their investigation of the case.

The Tarpon Springs Police Department on Thursday released a 48-page investigative report and 400 crime scene photographs, which they hope will put an end to the speculation that Deborah Palfrey was murdered.

In May, the 52-year-old hanged herself in a shed outside her mother's mobile home. Her mother found the body. Palfrey had been convicted two weeks earlier of running a prostitution service that catered to members of Washington's political elite.

The report said the day before Palfrey died, she received pre-incarceration paperwork and watched videos of her deceased father.

The report also said there were no signs of struggle or forced entry at the home and no signs of trauma to Palfrey's body.

Handwriting from two suicide notes left on a bedside table matched handwriting from Palfrey's appointment book and other documents in her possession, according to the report.

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