August 15, 2010

Phillip Markoff, Known As “The Craigslist Killer,” Commits Suicide While Awaiting Trial

Boston, Massachusetts (The Weekly Vice) - Phillip Markoff, a 24-year-old former Boston University medical student also known as the infamous "Craigslist killer", has committed suicide in jail.

According to the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office, Markoff was found dead and alone in his cell at 10:15am Sunday of an apparent suicide.

Markoff was awaiting a March trial for the alleged bludgeoning and killing of Julissa Brisman, an erotic masseuse he met through a Craigslist advertisement.

Boston Police say Markoff bludgeoned Brisman with a handgun before ultimately shooting her her death at close range.

Authorities say the Brisman's family attorney relayed that her family was shocked and dismayed at Markoff's death.

A handgun with two blood stains was found in Markoff's home and the blood matched Brisman's, according to prosecutors. Detectives reportedly found 4 pairs of women's underwear wrapped in socks and hidden inside the box spring of a bed.

Markoff was also suspected of the armed robbery of a Las Vegas woman and of attacking a stripper in Rhode Island.

He was arrested on suspicion of the crimes in April of 2009 and placed on suicide watch because authorities say they found ligature marks on his neck.

The Brisman family is allegedly pursuing other "avenues to seek justice" and has requested a New Hampshire prosecutor to begin a new investigation, authorities say.

Lacy Black
The Weekly Vice

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