Confessions of a D.C. Madam:
The Politics of Sex, Lies, and Blackmail
By Henry W. Vinson, with Nick Bryant
A firsthand account of how public officials and other well-connected individuals have been compromised or blackmailed by their sexual improprieties, Confessions of a D.C. Madame relates the author’s time running the largest gay escort service in Washington, DC, and his interactions with VIPs from government, business, and the media who solicited the escorts he employed. The book details the federal government’s pernicious campaign waged against the author to ensure his silence and how he withstood relentless, fabricated attacks by the government, which included incarceration rooted in trumped up charges and outright lies. This fascinating and shocking facet of government malfeasance reveals the integral role blackmail plays in American politics and the unbelievable lengths the government perpetrates to silence those in the know.
About the Author
Henry W. Vinson is the former funeral director for W. W. Chambers Funeral Home, who also owned and operated the largest gay escort service in Washington, DC. He lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Nick Bryant is a journalist whose work largely focuses on the plight of disadvantaged children in the United States. His work has been featured in Gear, Playboy, the Reader, and on Salon.com. He is the author of The Franklin Scandal: A Story of Powerbrokers, Child Abuse & Betrayal and coauthor of America’s Children: Triumph of Tragedy. He lives in New York City.
- Paperback: 216 pages
- Publisher: Trine Day (March 19, 2015)
Henry Vinson’s book is a Must Buy and a Read for anyone interested in the politics and history of the USA in the 1980’s. Because of this book:
1) I am convinced George W. Bush #43 was having homosexual sex with gay prostitute Jeff Gannon, who Vinson knew as a gay sex worker from the 1980’s. (It is “possible” that Jeff Gannon was also being pandered to Karl Rove for sexual purposes as well, unconfirmed scuttlebutt. Would not surprise me.)
2) Other big reveal: CIA chief William Casey was getting gay escorts to service him in 1986 as was Donald Gregg, a 30 year CIA veteran associated with GHW Bush.
3) A GHW Bush #41 cabinet heavy hitter [Attorney General Richard Thornburgh deduced from book description imho] was being provided adolescent boys to have sex with by Craig Spence. This Bush #41 cabinet official was brought in to rescue Donald Gregg from being exposed in a GOA probe of Gregg for using govt. credit cards to buy gay escorts. Note the book the Franklin Scandal, also by Nick Bryant, notes there was a high level pedophile in the JUSTICE DEPT who was covering up Franklin. My money is on Richard Thornburgh, a man with a heretofore flawless public reputation, being that compromised pedophile perp.
Other blockbuster revelations from Henry Vinson, who was the #1 gay pimp in Washington DC in the mid late 1980’s when he was in his late twenties.
Page 3: Feds pounded Vinson with a 43-count indictment and threatened him with 295 years in prison because they wanted to keep him silent. He was actually sentenced to 63 months in prison. They were threatening to indict his mother, too. And a $2 million fine threatened. High profile VIP perverts and sickos untouched, included those who wanted to be provided boys.
Page 11) FOX News star Greta Van Susteren was his lawyer. Either she was a s***y lawyer or she intentionally tanked Vinson’s case. She told him he would get probation, instead Vinson was slammed with a major sentence.
Page 74) Vinson started being a gay pimp, really a broker for male sex workers in 1986. By 1987 he had so many customers that he had a T-1 line installed. He bought up all the Yellow page ads for gay prostitutes and was getting 100 per day, mostly at nighttime. Page 75) Sometimes Vinson would be brokering 20 gay prostitutes per night.
Page 76) Paul Balach – Bush Administration official in Labor Dept. was a major client of Vinson’s: […]
Page 78) Democratic big shot Alan Baron (died in 1993 at age 50) was a frequent client of Vinson- often appeared on TV on MacNeil-Lehrer News hour and was political analyst for WSJ.
Page 79) Cong. Barney Frank who was extremely out of shape, very hairy and very experienced with gay prostitutes. Henry Vinson apparently personally had sex with Barney Frank.
Page 80) Then Cong. Larry Craig (later a Senator) – another frequent flyer with Vinson. He preferred escorts who were masculine with a lot of hair. The “hairy bear” types. Craig spent 30 years as a closet gay in Congress before he outed himself in 2007 in an airport bathroom.
82) Craig Spence plays a huge role in Henry Vinson’s life. Spence is portrayed as the perfect psychopath. CIA connections, money flowing in, cocaine addiction, his house videotaped for a blackmail operation. Spence was spending $20,000 per month on gay prostitutes, sometimes 3 times per day. He also loved sexual masochism in a very big way. And he would brag incessantly about his CIA contacts and the things he did for government.
83) Harry Vinson’s meeting with Craig Spence and the beyond notorious Lawrence E. King: “King then made a number of disclosures that I found to be absolutely bizarre. He revealed that he and Spence operated an interstate pedophile network that flew children from coast-to-coast. King also discussed that he and Spence had a clientele of powerful pedophiles who actually took pleasure in murdering children. In fact, King seemed to be obsessed with the subject of murdering children. I sincerely thought that I was talking to a pair of psychotics on the run from a psychiatric hospital.”
This is the same Lawrence E. King who was a good friend of George Herbert Walker Bush and who literally sang the national anthem at the 1984 Republican national convention. As seen here: […]
Lawrence E. King of the www.franklinscandal.com was extremely well connected to the 1980’s Republican elite and he was providing underage boys to high level GOP players.
Page 86) Craig Spence’s plush Kalorama area townhome wired top to bottom with top of the line cameras and listening devices – all for sexual blackmail as many sex parties were held there.
Page 87) Military personnel and 30 people engaging in orgy at Craig Spence’s home. 3 star military general present at home.
1982 NYT profile of super connected Craig Spence: “Have Names, Will Open Right Doors:” […] Spence was age 41 at the time. Spence’s connections are described as a “Who’s Who” of Congress, government and journalism. In 1980 the WashPost gave Spence a glowing profile, too.
NYT 1-18-82: “A Washington Post columnist wrote of Mr. Spence two years ago: ”Not since Ethel Kennedy used to give her famous Hickory Hill seminars for great minds of our times during the days of Camelot has anyone staged seminars successfully on a continuing social basis in Washington. That’s what Craig Spence has been doing.”
Indeed, his parties do glitter with notables, from ambassadors to television stars, from Senators to senior State Department officials. According to Mr. Spence, Richard Nixon is a friend. So is John Mitchell. Eric Sevareid is termed ”an old, dear friend.” Senator John Glenn is ”a good friend” and Peter Ustinov is ”an old, old friend.”
It is not a one-way street. Knowing Mr. Spence can be good business for Government officials, members of Congress and their staffs, and even some journalists who cash in on it by accepting speaking and writing fees. “
Page 93 – 101) Craig Spence’s head goon is Tony. Henry Vinson is terrified of Tony and what he is capable of.
Page 99) Craig Spence and Lawrence E. King make very aggressive demands that Henry Vinson start providing them with underage boys to be sexually abused by their pedophile ring. “Spence and King finally demanded that I pluck destitute children off the streets of D.C. and deliver the children to them.” Vinson refuses and this causes a major falling out with Craig Spence.
Page 104) Vinson fears he is about to be murdered by Spence’s head goon Tony.
Page 105) Donald Gregg, CIA agent for 31 years, heavily involved in Iran-Contra, very close aide to George Herbert Walker Bush, later ambassador to South Korea (1989-1993) – GAO discovers Donald Gregg was using his government credit card on “funeral accessories” which was the cover for billing for services of gay prostitutes under Vinson. Gregg was a very heavy user of gay prostitutes from Vinson.
Donald Gregg, born 1927, still alive today:[…]
Page 106) In 1989 a Bush cabinet member (in his late 50’s, with balding black hair, round framed glasses. He wore a pinstripe suit, white shirt and red tie) – attempted to get Henry Vinson to cover up for Donald Gregg. This sounds a lot like then Attorney General Richard Thornburgh: […]
Richard Thornburgh was born in 1932 and in 1989 he would have been exactly 57 years old – late 50’s in age.
Vinson describes this Bush cabinet member (who seems to me to be Atty. General Richard Thornburgh) with Craig Spence as putting extreme pressure on Vinson to cover for Donald Gregg. This cabinet official ominously said “I can withstand a background investigation… can you?” Vinson describes this cabinet member as a “big gun” in the Bush Administration.
Page 107) “Spence had dropped the name [Bush Atty. General Richard Thornburgh 1988-1991, in my estimation] of the cabinet member months earlier, when he revealed that he routinely provided him with adolescent boys. At the time Spence dropped his name and his perverse predications, I thought his disclosure incomprehensible, and I was fairly skeptical of if. But on the other hand, the vast majority of Spence’s illicit activities seemed incomprehensible to me until I actually witnessed them.”
Page 112) Charles Dutcher, former associate director of personnel under Ronald Reagan, a major customer of Henry Vinson’s gay escorts – […]
Page 116) June 29, 1989 Washington Times article “Homosexual Prostitution Inquiry Ensnares VIPs with Reagan, Bush” followed by June 30th “Power Broker Served Drugs, Sex At Parties Bugged for Blackmail.”
Page 118) People who used to go to Craig Spence’s parties: Eric Sevareid, Ted Koppel, William Safire, Sen. John Glenn, Sen. Frank Murkowski, former ambassadors Robert Neumann, Elliot Richardson, James Lilly. Also, CIA director William Casey and John Mitchell, former Atty. General under Nixon. Being at Craig Spence’s parties is not exactly a badge of honor, it puts you on the “sexual weirdo” suspect list pronto.
Page 119) CIA director William Casey was a client of Henry Vinson. Casey started calling in 1986 and he requested underage boys but Vinson only provided late teens for him. Escorts would be sent to Ritz-Carleton Hotel. Unable to get an erection. “… he had the escorts rub oil over his body as he kissed and fondled them” (p. 119). Casey died on May 6, 1987.
Very good article on William Casey here at Deep Politics Forum: […]y
Page 122) Washington Post writes articles to undermine Washington Times reporting on Craig Spence and the call boy ring. A “Skeptical Guest” source is used to debunk the Washington Times claims of sexual blackmail. This “Skeptical Guest” used to go to Craig Spence’s parties. Wonder if he stayed around for the sex orgies? ….
Page 125) Los Angeles Times, New York Times join Washington Post in trying to debunk Washington Times reporting on Spence scandal. This reminds me a lot of what happened to the reporting of San Jose Mercury News Gary Webb and his reporting on the CIA Nicaraguan contras drug connection to black LA street gangs.
Page 129) Craig Spence dies on 11-10-89.[…]_J._Spence Henry Vinson thinks it was a suicide and not a murder. Dies in Boston’s Ritz-Carleton. Addicted to cocaine, dying of AIDS, he kills himself.
Page 131) Vinson: “I also have a tendency to think that William Casey’s involvement with both Spence and gay escorts is perhaps additional corroboration that Spence’s blackmail activities were affiliated with the CIA.”
Pages 131-135) The Washington Post’s deep ties to CIA and US intelligence community. Including both Phil Graham and Ben Bradlee. Superstar reporter Bob Woodward has a naval intelligence background as well.
Page 138) Jay Stephens, then US Attorney for Wash DC and Alan Strasser, Asst US Attorney for Wash DC, two of the governmental officials prosecuting Henry Vinson. They threw the book at him.
Pages 140-156) Greta Van Susteran was Henry Vinson’s not so capable lawyer.
Page 142) Paul Ware – one of the Secret Service guys – 5’10”, then in his late thirties – who was quite hostile to Henry Vinson.
Page 149) Secret Service agent Paul – no interest in Spence/King pedophile ring. No interest in the thug tactics of Craig Spence’s head goon Tony. No interest in the cabinet member of the Bush Administration who tried to get Vinson to cover for Donald Gregg’s use of a govt credit card for gay prostitutes (this official in my opinion was Atty General Richard Thornburgh).
Page 150-151) Jeff Gannon covered. Vinson knew him as gay escort back in the late 1980’s who told him he would sometimes spend nights in the White House. This was 15 years before Jeff Gannon was outed as a fake reporter in the Bush #43 Administration. There is a famous picture of George W. Bush kissing the head of Jeff Gannon, rubbing his head and looking at him in a very suggestive way. In 2005 Gannon was outed by the White House press corps as a fake reporter. Gannon went to Bush White House over 200 times within a 2 year period. He attended 155 of 196 White House press briefings during that time. On 14 separate occasions he checked in with Secret Service but did not check out during the day (presumably gay sex at night). One of those days had no press conference. From 2003-2005 Jeff Gannon was running around the George W. Bush White House like a stray cat.
In my opinion George W. Bush and Jeff Gannon were (are?) homosexual lovers. Gannon in the 1980’s had told Henry Vinson that he was sexually servicing officials in the upper levels of the Bush #41 Administration. Under Bush #43 the Secret Service made the very unusual move of giving Jeff Gannon one day security clearances every time he went to White House, with no background check on this longtime gay prostitute.
Page 195) CIA fingerprints all over Spence’s network. Spence was a CIA asset. CIA director and Donald Gregg (national security advisor to VP GHW Bush) were both buying the services of gay prostitutes. The book the Franklin Cover Up had VP GHW Bush buying the services of an 18 year old gay prostitute named Brandt Thomas who was provided by Lawrence E. King, a very close friend to GHW Bush and the perfect psychopath Craig Spence.
Page 197) Henry Vinson believes that if his case had gone to trial without him accepting a plea bargain, that he would have been murdered in the 1980’s.
Page 198) Henry Vinson says that “a number of media superstars” who used his gay escort service are still around today and thriving in their professions.
Page 199) Dr. Vernon Houk, formerly of the Center for Disease Control, was a big customer of Vinson. Houk died in Sept., 1994 – […