Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Boston and the Craigslist Killer

Have you all heard about the “supposed” Craigslist Killer??
Well, it sort of hits home for me because I am so close to Boston! Not that I offer massages, or anything like that, but I have used Craigslist in the past myself.

This kind of thing makes you do some real wondering…like, what is this world coming to ??

The suspect, Phillip Markoff, (who has not been charged yet, but I suppose it is only a matter of time with all the evidence they have) is a 23 year old Boston University Medical Student, who read the classified ads on Craigslist, searching for women he could rob. The reports say that he wanted easy targets, and him being 6 foot 3 and weighing more than 200 lbs, overpowering these women was easy for him.

The prosecutors allege that Markoff shot Julissa Brisman 3 times with one of those shots piercing her heart, and that caused her death. She was 26 years old, and evidently struggled fiercely, also having her head bashed in after a fight ensued in her hotel room at the Marriott Copley.
Craigslist killer image photo pictureThey also state that 4 days earlier, Markoff tied up Trisha Leffler at her hotel room at the Westin Copley Place at gunpoint, and stole her debit card, $800.00 and some American Express gift cards. The hotel security cameras caught a tall light haired man, and those grainy photos were released to the public.
There are also reports that he may be the the attacker in a third attack, this one in Rhode Island. The attack was on a prostitute who advertised her services on Craigslist.
And the police have reason to believe that Markoff has huge gambling debts. So maybe the motive was just supposed to be robbery, but Brissman fought back too hard, and he had no choice but to kill her?? Who knows?

But the break in the case came when a friend of the slain woman Julissa Brisman, gave e-mail messages to the police from the client/killer to Julissa right before she was killed. Now, investigators state that Markoff had opened a new e-mail account the day before Brisman’s death. The e-mails were traced to Markoff’s apartment in Quincy by police.

The Boston Police are urging any other women to come forward if they have been robbed or assaulted after advertising any erotic services like massage, on craigslist.

Now, the really sad thing in all this, is his Fiancé, Megan McAllister, defended him in an e-mail message that she sent to ABC News, and I quote: “Unfortunately, you were given wrong information, as was the public. All I have to say to you is Phillip is a beautiful person inside and out and could not hurt a fly! A police officer in Boston (or many) is trying to make big bucks by selling this false story to the TV stations. What else is new?? Philip is an intelligent man who is just trying to live his life so if you could leave us alone we would greatly appreciate it. We expect to marry in August and share a wonderful, meaningful life together.”

I kind of understand her position, and perhaps, the Phillip she saw, convinced her of all the goodness that she obviously believes in. There are many cases of people leading double lives, and it seems as though this is one of them. I myself was duped, and I consider myself a very intelligent women! But sometimes when you are in love, you believe what the person you love tells you, you trust them, you believe in them.....until something happens, and you realize how wrong you were.

My question is….just when does she stop defending, and start realizing that maybe the man she knew really could have done this??

What do you think??
Till next Time,


jenn April 22, 2009 at 11:55 AM  

Scary stuff...and i guess it's true that love is blind...

Sandee April 22, 2009 at 1:43 PM  

Sometimes we are with folks that we don't know at all. I think that is the case here. Thank God he's off the street.

Have a terrific day. :)

Kristin at My Art and the Mom in Me April 22, 2009 at 2:00 PM  

I was thinking about you as I was reading about this/seeing all of the media about it! Wondering if this was close to you!! How scary!!

The looks of this guy should shatter what we believe murderers look like, don't ya think? hmm, did that make sense?

liza April 22, 2009 at 4:40 PM  

Hi Kat! I've also read about this in another blog the other day. Technology is great but scary too.

BTW, I have an award for you, you can grab it here when you have the time. :)

Have a great day!

jenn April 24, 2009 at 7:08 PM  

I have an award for you, too!

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