Palfrey was arrested for pimping in 1990, but she fled before trial rather than face prison. She sent the judge a note saying she feared "murder disguised in the form of just another jailhouse accident or suicide would await me." Caught, she spent 18 months behind bars.
When the feds busted her hooker ring in 2006, she rejected a deal that would have required her to spend a few months behind bars. Instead, she pleaded not guilty and vowed to leverage powerful names in her little black book to secure her freedom.
Her little black book was actually pretty hefty: She had 46 pounds of phone records, including the names of 10,000 clients.
On July 9, Palfrey posted the much-feared and awaited list of names on her Web site for free.
The only well-known name was that of married Senator David Vitter. He apologized for "a very serious sin," refused to answer any questions and managed to keep his seat.Randall Tobias, 65, the married head of the Bush administration's foreign aid programs at the State Department and a big proponent of combating AIDS with abstinence, abruptly resigned after his name appeared on the list.
The list didn't live up to Palfrey's billing - and it didn't save her from being convicted on April15.