The Get with Morgan Fogarty: Sallie Saxon Part 3
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – “When you drive around Charlotte, when you go to restaurants, are there restaurants you won’t go,” asks WCCB News @ Ten anchor Morgan Fogarty. Sallie Saxon, the former SouthPark Madame, replies, “Carrabas,” and, “It’s just a place Don and I would go and I just felt like, I’d seen a lot of clients there and it just wasn’t a place for me to go back to.” She continues, “If I’m invited to go to an event and I feel like there’s gonna be clients there, I don’t go. At one point, I was going to speak at the Charlotte Speedway Club.” Saxon pauses before saying firmly, “No.”
Sallie Saxon will tell you about the ways men have failed her. How her mother was raped at age 15, and Sallie never knew her father. How a life spent looking for male attention played a large role in why she became a prostitute. She will tell you the ways she still distrusts men. How the punishment doled out to two of her clients – a $200, 20 hour rehab class – was, in her estimation, a joke. “Hilarious. I’m right next door in the halfway house, getting ready to go to prison, and they’re going to john school,” she says.
But it is how Sallie speaks about the women in her life: the prostitute who got mad at Sallie and tipped off the feds – “I had this agreement that they would work for a year and after a year, I would help them find a job. And she didn’t want to leave. So she got upset with me and went to the FBI. Glad she did” – the other prostitutes she gave up her own freedom to protect, and the wives of her clients, that perhaps reveals even more about Sallie Saxon, and her bath tub salvation.
Fogarty asked, “What made you say, ‘I’m not going to reveal the names of these men?” Saxon replied, “Because of their wives. It would hurt the whole family unit. Why would I want to do that?” Fogarty said, “I think a lot of people in your position would have not thought about that at that point. Would have been willing to wheel and deal with the government to give up other names to lessen your punishment.”
Saxon replied, “I could have done that. But no. I had that experience with God. How could I do that? I couldn’t do that.”
Saxon and her husband Don are still married. She wants to work in the ministry. She has had a hard time finding work, not only because of her record, but because she suffered a seizure in jail and lost the use of her left hand, her writing hand.