The Client List (Big Spring, Odessa, Texas Scandal)

The Story
The Client List (Big Spring, Odessa, Texas Scandal)
Jul 16th 2012, 16:52

The movie and the show The Client List is loosely based on the scandal that occurred in Odessa, Texas. Jennifer Love Hewitt bought the rights to the story. There were not a lot of articles about the case outside of Big Spring. One woman did some in depth research of the case. She changed some of the name of the girls in her article. The articles that appeared in the newspaper told it all. They gave all the names. It was one of the biggest scandals to hit Big Spring.

The Place
The scandal took place in a little parlor called The Healing Touch in Big Spring. Everything was on the down low so no one really knew what was going on inside. They would only hire a few girls at a time. The girls always wore saintly clothes so no one knew what was going on.

The People
There were two ladies named Kathy and Sharon Joyner. They were the owners. They were also a couple.They were responsible for bringing in the workers. They did so very discreetly, and they only brought workers in one at a time.

Melinda: she was a woman in her mid thirties who had long brownish hair and she had a reputation for being sort of on the wild side.

Paige: was the opposite. She was very lady like and sophisticated. Her hair was blonde. She was also in her mid thirties. 

Lexus: was a young 22 year old girl who had a bubbly personality. She was a small petite girl who was a previous homecoming queen and cheerleader in Big Spring. She took the job seriously, and though she did not have a lot of experience she charmed her way to the top. The men loved her. She also brought in more business. She was the parlor's main attraction. 

 The Scandal Hits the fan

Rumors started swirling in the town, and soon an investigation was launched. The first raid was on May 27, 2004. It was as if everyone started going a little crazy. Wives started turning in their husbands because they wanted to know if their names were on the list. Business people were turning in co workers who frequented the place. It was a mess. Almost 70 people were arrested in the raid. Lexus and some of her coworkers told it all. They received light sentences in exchange for their cooperation. The people they rounded up included

teachers, a man who owned an insurance company, and a local rancher, and even a pastor.(oh my!)

One of the men on the list was found not guilty in 2005. He was the first to go to trial. People were puzzled as to how he could be acquitted when people identified him as a patron. In any case....his name if officially off the list.

Here is a statement I received from the guy:

"The Odessa Police provided the surveillance video, showing me only being in the building for a total of 15 minutes...(Only 5 of which was out of camera site)... Not all who go to Burger King, are there to eat a hambuger..Not all who enter a parlor, are there for a massage/s{}act, etc."


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