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Missing Colo. woman's secret life revealed

Paige Birgfeld ran adult escort service to keep up weathly lifestyle

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Missing Colo. mom led double life
July 16: Police searching for Paige Birgfeld have learned that the mother of three was living another life under the name “Carrie” and running an escort service.  MSNBC’s Clint Van Zandt takes a closer look at what may have made Birgfeld live this second life.
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Clint Van Zandt

Thirty-four-year-old Paige Meredith Birgfeld is much more than a twice-divorced mother of three who works as a children’s dance instructor and a salesperson for upscale home kitchen items and baby supplies.  The 5’4”, 110 lb. woman is also known as “Carrie” by the clients of Models Inc., Paige’s adult escort service, although some might refer to her clients as “Johns.”  Her parents and her older brother, the latter a plastic surgeon, have now learned that their daughter/sister has literally worked night and day to keep up the almost $1 million home that she retained at the time of her divorce from her second husband, a man who allegedly went broke while trying to maintain his rich lifestyle for his wife and their children.  It is her work at night, though, that has caused her family and friends to wonder how she was able to keep her two lives and her two identities separate, with her work as a female “escort” and masseuse who gave topless massages and may have practiced acupuncture on the side hidden from all who knew her from her “daytime” job and persona. 

Paige met her first husband when she was 16 and he was 19.  They were to marry some six years later.  Paige wanted to be someone other than a 20-something wife; she also wanted to be a stripper.  Her husband indicated that he ultimately relented to her constant requests to strip for pay, and she found work in a Denver-area adult men’s club under the stage name of “Madison,” perhaps even taking the name from the character played by Daryl Hannah in the 1984 Tom Hanks movie, “Splash.”  One media report suggests that she not only stripped for the money, but for what the money would buy her, “a breast augmentation” as stated by her husband at that time.  “I think,” he is quoted as saying, “that she stripped to feel better about herself; it made her feel more powerful.” 

The trappings of money
A year after her first divorce she met her soon-to-be second husband, a man with money and all the trappings of the good life, this while she was still dancing at the adult club.  She allegedly told a friend she married this time around for money, stating “love had nothing to do with it.”  A large, expensive house, a number of high-priced cars and three children would follow in a marriage that ended in 2006 with her husband filing for bankruptcy. 

Paige needed to make money to keep up her lifestyle -- a lot of money -- much more money than teaching dance to kids and selling kitchenware in home parties could provide.  She would survive no matter what it took.  What it appears to have taken is Paige expanding her entrepreneurial activities into the night, into the world of quick relationships with men in need.  She was, as one client allegedly described her on the Web site believed to belong to Paige, “pricey but worth every dime.”  She is believed to have described herself as having a “beautiful body and nice teeth,” indicating her services included “erotic massages, private dancing and escort duties.”  Paige evidently made much more than dimes, noting on the escort service Web site that was believed to have once carried her ad, most “escorts” ranged from $300 to $500 per hour.  Such sites also carry the notation that any services discussed and advertised are in no way related to the crime of prostitution, and if money happens to be exchanged, it is for companionship only.  So much for the Internet highway and its legal disclaimers…

Paige carried on with her non-secret life, that of raising three children while selling baby gear, giving dance lessons and selling kitchen items, while “Carrie” earned the real money needed to keep her life style afloat, that is, until she disappeared on June 28.  This was the day that she followed through on her plans to meet with her first husband, perhaps looking for the safety and security of an old relationship as opposed to that offered by her clients, her “secret friends.”  After spending time together, Paige left for the drive back to her home and three children.  She never arrived. 

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