Craigslist is a popular website typically used to buy items or services; however, for Philip Markoff it was a tool that allowed him to commit crimes while living a double life. Philip Markoff grew up in a small town in New York, where he excelled academically and participated in a variety of student groups and activities, including the National Honor Society.
Markoff spent a lot of time focusing on his studies and volunteering in the emergency room of the Albany Medical Center Hospital.
In his free time, he enjoyed staying up all night playing poker with friends, and had a reputation for being a serious player who did not take losing lightly. InMarkoff met Megan McAllister while they were volunteering at the hospital.
Both were students at SUNY and soon became college sweethearts. McAllister had also planned on attending medical school, but because she was not accepted by the schools she wanted to attend, the couple moved to Boston and Megan put her plans on hold.
InMarkoff and McAllister were engaged, and set their wedding date for August 14, On April 10,year-old Trisha Leffler, an escort, was gagged, bound, and robbed at gunpoint at a Westin hotel by a man who had responded to an ad she placed on Craigslist. Four days later, Julissa Brisman was found murdered in the doorway of her Marriott hotel room.
It appeared that she had been trying to fight off her attacker, when she was shot multiple times. Police believed the same attacker was linked to the attempted robbery of Cynthia Melton, an exotic dancer offering lap dance services.
Markoff had scheduled an appointment to meet her at a Holiday Inn hotel in Rhode Island through the usage of a disposable TracFone cell phone. The three incidents were similar in that the motive appeared to be robbery, the attacks were on women offering sexual services, the dates were close together, and two of the women had been bound with plastic cords.
Through security camera footage and electronic evidence, police determined that the person of interest in the three incidents was a young, blonde, clean-cut man, about 6 feet tall.
He was accused of murder, armed robbery, and kidnapping. Upon discovery of the evidence, Markoff was arraigned on murder and gun charges for the slaying of Brisman; Markoff pled not guilty.
Initially, Megan McAlister stood by Markoff and believed he was innocent; but, in Juneshe visited him in jail to end their relationship. While in jail, Markoff made several, unsuccessful suicide attempts; however, on August 15,Markoff was found dead in his jail cell — one year and one day after the date his wedding was to have taken place.
It was determined that he had committed suicide through self-inflicted wounds and suffocation. For more information, please visit: The Philip Markoff Biography. Twitter Facebook Instagram Youtube.