Craiglist Killer

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Both of these two were in the wrong fields of work. Phil Markoff here, the medical student, killed off the masseuse pictured, Julissa Brisman:

The Boston man charged with killing a Manhattan woman he met on Craigslist said Phil Markoff’s motive was to rob his victims in order to pay off gambling debts, authorities said. Investigators told ABC News today that a search Markoff’s home also turned up guns and plastic ties – the same ones used to bind all three women. “Detectives are aggressively pursuing a number of promising leads,” said Boston Police Department spokeswoman Elaine Driscoll, refusing to comment on the plastic cuffs.

Law enforcement sources did not detail how much money Markoff owed, but told ABC News that he wanted to rob the women in order to pay off bookies. Markoff’s fiancee, who lived with him, claims police busted the wrong man, saying he “could not hurt a fly.” The 22-year-old medical student doesn’t appear to fit the murder-suspect stereotype police have dubbed the “Craigslist killer” – the preppy, clean-cut medical student who’s engaged to be married in August. But police said he robbed two women he met through personal Internet ads on Craigslist – killing Julissa Brisman, a masseuse, in an a Boston hotel.

Markoff has been charged with murder in the April 14 shooting death of Brisman, 29, at the Copley Marriott Hotel. He was also charged with armed robbery and kidnapping in an alleged attack on another woman on April 10 at another hotel, according to the Boston Police Department. Markoff was arrested after cops pulled him over on Interstate-95 just south of Boston. His fiancee, Megan McAllister, told ABC News the police are wrong.

“Unfortunately, you were given wrong information as was the public,” McAllister wrote to ABC News in an e-mail. “All I have to say to you is Philip 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 and wonderful, meaningful life together.” But cops said they tracked Markoff down using hotel surveillance videos. In photos taken from the cameras, the man police have been seeking in connection with the crimes appears to be fixated on a BlackBerry. Investigators said that Blackberry is what led them to Markoff. Mike Dye, a friend, told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that he had Markoff over to his apartment for many parties, including the Super Bowl. “I like to think I’m a good judge of character, hang out with people who are similar to myself,” he said. “Didn’t suspect anything like that.” Markoff’s Facebook profile, for instance, lists hundreds of friends who attend schools in Boston and upstate New York. Even the Web site set up by Markoff and his girlfriend – once littered with greetings and well wishes from family and friends – is filled with cruel postings directed at the alleged killer. The site had detailed how the couple met when McAllister was a senior at SUNY Albany and Markoff a sophomore. Their wedding date was set for Aug. 14.

Markoff’s arrest came just hours after Rhode Island police released new pictures of the man they believe is responsible for the attempted robbery of a woman at a Holiday Inn in Warwick last week.Police in both Boston and Rhode Island have said they believe the attacks may have been carried out by the same person. Boston cops are working with police in Rhode Island to determine if the cases are connected.

Brisman’s death is the second in a series of crimes against women who police say advertised on Craigslist. The first happened April 10 at the Copley Square Westin hotel in Boston. Police say a woman who had advertised exotic services on Craigslist, was held at gunpoint, bound and robbed of $800. Four days later, Brisman was killed at the Marriott, just next door. Last Thursday night – an hour south in Rhode Island – there was a similar attempted robbery. Police said all the women were tied up and threatened at gunpoint. It is believed that Brisman may have tried to resist her attacker as he tried to tie her up and was shot.

Well we all know the kind of massages she was doing and he was into getting, free of charge. SMH

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