Saturday, August 16, 2008
Official: Pinellas County Judge rules DC Madam "death photos" cannot be published
"Please, this is the last thing I can do for my daughter. Please don't let these pictures get out in public. Please." --Blanche Palfrey, mother of the deceased Deborah Jeane Palfrey, yesterday.
Pinellas County, Florida--Judge Linda Allen has found that the 288 photographs of the deceased Deborah Jeane Palfrey (dubbed the "DC Madam" by a voracious media) are part of the public record that can be viewed by the press and other interested parties.
In other words, members of the public can look at the photographs, but they cannot make copies of them for publication by order of the court.
Some parties--the worst ones--are likely to file an appeal, but it's unlikely to go anywhere. That's good. Blanche Palfrey can have some much needed peace in this story, and the dead can rest in peace. And those with the big book deals in the works won't get their photographs for a depraved centerpiece. My heart bleeds to the acolytes of the money god.
This should also help finally quash the rumor-mongering of the likes of a Larry Flynt (there are no words) or an Alex Jones, that Palfrey was murdered and that it was made to look like a suicide. Perhaps we should mourn the fact that there won't be any t-shirts, posters, mugs, and of course, or books adorned with the images of death.
After all, we don't really care how someone turns-a-buck in this country, and all this death-merchandise could have been manufactured with cheap forced labor in China. That would have meant a real windfall for some, and as we all know, that's inhibiting the rights of the individual. Yes, life is just "unfair," I know.
This hypothesis of murder has no evidence whatsoever to support it at this time, and this writer predicts that there won't be any once the investigation by the Tarpon Springs Police Department is completed and made public. The article at 620 WDAE is rife with typos. Welcome to America, but we have a victory for dignity, and a blow to the runaway scandal entrepreneur.
"D.C. Madam Suicide Photos Are Public Record, but they can't be published," 620 WDAE.com, 08.15.2008: http://www.620wdae.com/cc-common/news/sections/newsarticle.html?feed=124415&article=4105670