Create a book fanpage, win a copy of Let the Dead Bury the Dead!

Yes, we live in a crass, capitalist Dystopia. In that spirit of social malaise, and limited to two signed copies I’ve set aside, if you can illustrate that you’ve put up a real, functional fan page on a social media site that gets hits, I will kick you a copy, gratis. The most viable pages win, void where prohibited, viva la muerte, and ashtray’s your uncle.

This is a real offer, not a satire. Get the word out and I’ll send you a collection of nearly 400,000 words on the DC Madam case, carefully marshaled into meaningful action. I can be contacted here and at my blog, listed in the links at the bottom of the home page here.

An open letter to former Pamela Martin & Associates escorts

Ladies, if I may be so forward, or so foolish, to address you as such:

You turned your back on Jeane. Maybe she wasn’t the nicest human being to work for, but she was a human being, and you either knew or should have known what you were getting yourselves into. The fact that somewhere in the range of fifteen of you turned snitch to save your skins was despicable in light of how well you were paid. Admittedly, I only know so much about how you were treated, yet none of you were willing to come forward to educate me and others on any of the details but one, the woman who courageously attempted to establish contact with Ken Silverstein when he was an editor at Harper’s. That woman was a hero and she has my deepest regards and respect.

As for the rest of you, the others that went into hiding, believe it or not, I get it. That being said, it doesn’t excuse your kicking the late Ms. Palfrey to the curb. Many of you had moved on after more than a few years, and that’s a good out, it’s fair. Nonetheless, a number of you, the ones who testified against her, are scoundrels. You own a piece of her death, you are rats, scum, filth, indirect killers. I despise you.

You see, what a number of you did helped bring PMA to its knees and Jeane to hang at the end of a rope. You are Judases. Not a lot of you were in any specific need to become escorts–there was little desperation involved in it, more a desire for a soft, materialistic life that you felt entitled to. That doesn’t make you much different from the rest of the entitled whores that overpopulate this country, but it makes you lower than a streetwalker who’s run out of options and finds themselves in the profession. Yes, I don’t want to see the government and some of the elements you serviced victimizing you further, there’s no point to that, and there’s been enough suffering in all of this. But the fact remains that some of you, some of the over one hundred and thirty escorts that worked for PMA over the years, are going to have to live with what you did.

I was fair to you in my book, maybe too fair. But don’t expect that I was letting you all off-the-hook completely, because I didn’t. For the dozen-plus of you who turned informant, you have no sense of honor. It pleases me that this will cause you a certain degree of pain for the rest of your natural lives. A woman died, as you know, as we all know, and there’s no going back from what happened. My hope is that some of you learned something from this and changed, but I’m not an optimist about people and their ways. My assumption is that this will haunt some of you psychologically in some way, yet it won’t result in any real shift or transformation in who and what you are, selfish pigs, and that you’re going to continue on your merry, indifferent ways just as before. How lovely for you.

Some idiot claiming to be one of you, Andrea Detty, made a limp attempt at undermining the book by suggesting that I hadn’t contacted you, therefore, how solid could my attempt to chronicle what happened. That wasn’t my job. My job was to tell what I experienced and learned, my part of the puzzle and to try to make as much sense of that as I could. That included obtaining more information. A lot of this was so that I was able to move on from my role in the last year of Jeane’s very short life. That kind of an attempt is the act of a scoundrel, a liar, and a psychopath, exactly what I’d expect out of a genuine informant. There’s nothing lower than that. Who is this magical person or persons that was able to speak extensively with the former escorts? If they exist outside of a government job, they’re sitting on it, and at this point, now that a lot of the smoke has cleared, their behavior is incredibly unethical. I put out requests long ago on this blog for information from you women with no results whatsoever. The onus is on you. It wasn’t even a nice try, “Andrea.”

You women are the past, and what’s past is prologue. I you want to clarify things, great, then do it, otherwise, shut the fuck up, forever, you have no legs to stand on, no credibility.

I could go on endlessly about you, but let me sum it all up: life is short, and the truth will one day come to light. One day we’ll know precisely who the worst were, who were the heroes, who at least tried under terrible circumstances to do what was right at the time, and really, who the fucking animals were. Jeane is dead, and I am one of the caretakers of her legacy, one of the few who can bring her voice back from the grave, one of the only people in the world who can at least begin the process of allowing her to point her dead hand at the guilty. There never be a place to run. There is no place to hide from a sun that never sets. Dwell on that for the holidays.

Matt Janovic

DC Madam trial transcripts posted today

I posted what are nearly all the transcript files of the DC Madam’s trial in the spring of 2008. If you quote them, reference me as well. Insofar as I’ve been able to ascertain, no one has posted them online in full form.

The Google docs links can be found here, at my blog: http://chickasawpicklesmell.blogspot.com/2012/12/dc-madam-trial-transcripts.html

DC Madam trial transcript excerpt

Author’s note: Below is a brief exchange from the trial transcript for April 10th, 2008. It was striking how poor and lacking-in-detail coverage from Palfrey’s trial was. Reading the transcripts themselves, it’s not difficult to understand why–it was little more than a formality to hold it, and Palfrey’s criminal defense attorney–Preston Burton–didn’t fight very hard for his client.

There’s the real possibility that it’s because he’s rumored to covet a Federal Judgeship, but then there’s the fact that he’s also a partner in a law firm that does extensive contract work for the government internationally. You never know.

But that’s my opinion, decide for yourselves. I wasn’t aware of how informal and shoddy these affairs were conducted until recently, being unable to attend the trial itself. A real eye-opener, that. It must have been excruciating for any defendant to have had to sit there and watch the kangaroo court unfold before them as it surely did this April in Washington D.C.

Reading the transcript, you get the very obvious impression that the Court and the prosecution were working hard to rush the proceedings and that Burton barely mounted a defense at all. At some point, this site will be publishing the entire transcripts in-full.

From Pg. 20-21 of the April 10th, 2008 trial transcript of Deborah Jeane Palfrey

…”MS. CONNELLY: Your Honor, we have nothing further for
this witness.

THE COURT: All right, Ms. Couvillon. You may step
down. (The witness steps down.)
May I see counsel at the bench?
(Bench conference on the record.)

THE COURT: Okay. Where do we stand? Is that it?

MS. CONNELLY: For today, yes.

THE COURT: And what about these other two people?

MS. CONNELLY: Well, one of them is flying back into
town tomorrow, so she’ll be here Monday. The other one we spoke
to — well, the agent spoke yesterday to her in the hospital,
and they’ve diagnosed diverticulitis and they were just debating
when they’re going to release her. They think possibly this
weekend.

THE COURT: Do we need either one of these people? [Page Break]

MR. BUTLER: The one that’s in the hospital is
racketeering, so the answer is yes.

MS. CONNELLY: I think they both are.

THE COURT: You need all 14 acts, but you’ve got 15
now.

MR. BUTLER: We do have the burden of proof, and we
need sufficient evidence to meet that burden.

THE COURT: Yeah, but so what? There’s only 13 in
baseball. Thirteen out of 14 isn’t bad.

MS. CONNELLY: We’re at 10 out of 14 now.

MR. BUTLER: Well, I would request, Your Honor,
that (inaudible) the last day for court proceedings.

THE COURT: What can you tell us about what you’re
going to do?

MR. BURTON: My inclination is to not put on any
defense.

THE COURT: Okay. So we’re looking at one, maybe two
witnesses first thing Monday morning, and then we’re going to
argue and charge.

MR. BURTON: But we do have a rule 29.

THE COURT: Yeah, we have a rule 29. That’ll be a
lengthy argument.

MS. CONNELLY: Your Honor, do you charge first or do
we argue first?

THE COURT: I charge first.” … [Page Break]

[Original Postscript, 11.13.2008]: Talking about baseball gives one the impression that the “wall of professionalism” was basically nonexistent between the prosecution and Judge Robertson, a real convivial and friendly atmosphere between them all. You think they went out and had a drink at trial’s conclusion? I mean, really, if I was one of the AUSAs or USAs, I would’ve went out and gotten the judge laid, frankly. They had a good list of escort services in-hand, so…what scum. Yes, worse than a female pimp. The public was denied coverage of the trial because it was not only handled poorly, the proceedings were rigged from their inception.

What to expect in Let the Dead Bury the Dead

Too often mislabeled as a “routine” sex scandal by the press, and a prostitution/racketeering/money laundering case by government prosecutors, the charges leveled against the “DC Madam” were a mockery of justice without precedent. This is a tale of institutionalized crony capitalism and the return of aristocracy into a corporate mold. Let the Dead Bury the Dead sheds new light on the investigation, legal proceedings and the phenomenon of the DC Madam, from a witness to history. Drawing from his direct involvement in the case—as well as from a significant array of primary historical materials never before seen by the public–the author will illustrate that there was nothing normal about how the charges against the late Deborah Jeane Palfrey were applied, quite the contrary. From the mainstream media’s attempts at defining and dismissing many explosive facts and patterns in the case to the legal proceedings and show trial, the DC Madam story illuminates textbook examples of prosecutorial misconduct, information warfare, judicial abuse, and political damage control. Possibly a harbinger of things to come, the subsequent death of the DC Madam stands as a shadow testament to the political crisis that ran riot in America under President George W. Bush, and that continues into the present. Media, government and the business sector colluded to bury the story, and for the most part, they have, until now.

Many readers will learn for the first time that:

-The DC Madam’s phone records are littered with phone calls from defense-intelligence contractors.

-Palfrey claimed to have received multiple calls from Brent Wilkes, the government contractor who bribed convicted California congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham.

-Palfrey’s legal problems began innocuously thanks to a diligent Postal Inspector…and it spiraled out of control from there.

-Deborah Jeane Palfrey knew less than she let on and can be counted as another victim of arbitrary power.

-Palfrey was granted wide, unprecedented subpoena powers over the American intelligence community and Beltway law enforcement.

-There are more “big names” in her legendary phone records yet to be published.

-Porn publisher Larry Flynt assisted Palfrey more than previously thought, promising her a form of asylum in the aftermath of her trial.

-Palfrey was under periodic observation longer than previously reported, by federal law enforcement, and persons unknown.

-Palfrey was much fairer than the typical American employer by miles, which isn’t difficult in an oligarchy…

Let the Dead Bury the Dead is now available in the EU!

And here they are, apparently put up in the last few days:

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Let-Dead-Bury-Madam-account/dp/1480297437/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1355242478&sr=1-1

Amazon Germany: http://www.amazon.de/Let-Dead-Bury-Madam-account/dp/1480297437/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1355244728&sr=8-1

Amazon France: http://www.amazon.fr/Let-Dead-Bury-Madam-account/dp/1480297437/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1355243316&sr=8-1

Amazon Italy: http://www.amazon.it/Let-Dead-Bury-Madam-account/dp/1480297437/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1355243385&sr=8-1

Upcoming Book Contest & Other Issues from the Flesh

I haven’t worked out all of the particulars yet, but I’ve set aside a few copies of the book for later. As you might have expected, I’m not making the parameters effortless, or easy once I announce the contest. There will be a few hoops, but the winners will receive a free signed (as opposed to singed, what some of Palfrey’s former clients probably want) copy of the book, and my blessing, the latter of which means absolutely nothing whatsoever. Anyone capable of proving the DC Madam doesn’t need anything from me, not that I think that’s ever going to happen, like Jesus returning, nutty, crazy primitive-minded shit like that.

We’re only in the first week of the release of the book and I’ve already brushed up against more high weirdness. This brings me to other matters…

As a result of these little elves, pixies, and gremlins flitting about me yob, I’m going to make things crystal clear: I will not continue to live this nuttiness surrounding the Palfrey case and narrative. I am turning my back on it with the completion of this text. I will be more than happy to answer any serious questions. However, I don’t want to hear your gossiping about people who were part of or related to the case itself. Any logical corrections that can be proven/corroborated (your job, not mine) will be appreciated and noted. I don’t give a shit anymore about the story and owe nobody nothing regarding the DC Madam. That responsibility was discharged writing the book.

My role in this is over, done, unless there’s some burning reason otherwise. If you have questions, ask the book first, consult it. This isn’t to slam anyone with good intentions. I will discuss the case and am open to interviews. However, I’m not tolerating any bullshit, and it’s literally no effort for me to ignore you, the easiest thing in the world in fact. This isn’t my usual jokiness, it’s dead serious. If you don’t get it, I don’t care, but you’re going to be humiliated twice, first by yourself, then by me, and I will air it publicly naming names.

Anyone I’ve communicated with recently has nothing to worry about.

The book is the best bargain the American public is likely to have for some time. You’re most welcome, and by the way: You’ve been found guilty of commerce with the Devil.

E-books

I’d like repeat here that there will in fact be an e-book for Let the Dead Bury the Dead. The wait shouldn’t be too long, but there are some complications on several levels regarding formatting that have to be ironed-out, but I don’t expect anyone will have to wait for more than two months. It should take less than that now that all the copyright work is finished. (Anyone else publishing for the first time would be best served by doing registration online, far cheaper, and a lot faster.)

Also related to the case: I’m considering doing an e-book of other primary materials from the case. That means more emails, blog articles, and more, much more, a lot more. Any questions of transparency should already be moot. This would be like a supplement to the book itself. The release–primarily timing–will be dependent on interest in Let the Dead Bury the Dead. I won’t be drawing, for example, from defense materials, but there will be some descriptions of what’s in them, as well as more naming of names for the record.

Yes, that means some more observations on Dan Moldea’s findings, Larry Flynt’s political PI. By the way: I have enjoyed and admired his work, and still do, for some time, and see him as one of the antidotes to conspiracy theory mania, a voice of reason.

To return to the e-book, it will be quality and reasonably priced, on sale upon release like its hard copy counterpart. It will not be encrypted. I don’t get why anyone bothers with that. And again, sorry to the comic and picture book crowd, but there are no photos, this is about the truth, not entertainment. If the latter’s what you’re looking for, I suggest reading Vince Bugliosi’s sketchy output if that’s what yanks your crank. I’ll probably keep both versions on sale for several months. Most importantly, I want this information out there for the public record. Because of that, I’ll be working more on getting it into university libraries at a lower rate to facilitate the process. I don’t like the idea of overcharging libraries. It’s unethical, unless a physical book’s been fortified for that use, and with e-books, there’s no excuse for it beyond banal, hollow-eyed greed. We’ll leave that to Bill Bastone and the military-industrial-infotainment complex. This book may be true crime, but it’s not of that publishing world. I’m not an exploiter.