DC Madam as Feminist Entrepreneur

Memoir reveals small-town go-getter with a 'touch of class'
By Paul Stinson,  Newser User
Posted May 6, 2008 9:49 AM CDT
Deborah Jeane Palfrey, left, accompanied by her lawyer Montgomery Blair Sibley, right, arrives at the U.S. District Court House in Washington, Friday, September 7, 2007.    (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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(Newser) – Most know her as the feisty DC Madam who riled up the media by releasing her clients' phone records, but a half-finished memoir obtained by Newsweek reveals Deborah Jeane Palfrey's personal side. A small-town girl turned "fuddy-duddy white lady," she overcame a stifling childhood to turn feminist entrepreneur.    

Her "little literary undertaking," as she called it, portrays a law school dropout, unlucky in love and stuck in waitressing. Turned off by the “druggies and fools” who ran San Diego escort services, Palfrey opened her own to add a “touch of class” to her "little cottage industry"—and laid the groundwork for a business that eventually led to her downfall.