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The Craigslist Killer- Philip Markoff

Updated on April 2, 2011

Who was the Craigslist Killer?

Philip Haynes Markoff, (born February 12, 1986) was a handsome, polite, engaged medical student showing no signs that he was capable of murder. However, perhaps even a surprise to himself when it was discovered, that indeed he was.


    Philip, engaged to Megan McAllister, maintained his innocence. Megan (his fiance) was quoted as saying that Philip was "a beautiful person in and out" and that he "couldn't hurt a fly."

After being under investigation for some time Markoff was arrested in suspicion with 3 robberies, one of which caused the death of Julissa Brisman.

After being under invesitigation for some time Markoff was arrested in suspicion with 3 robberies, one of which caused the death of Julissa Brisman.
  • Robbery #1 took place on Friday, April 10, 2009 at the Westin Copley Place Hotel in Boston, MA. Trisha Leffler (a paid escort who advertised on craigslist) was bound, and robbed at gunpoint.

  • Robbery #2 took place on Tuesday, April 14th, 2009 at the Copley Marriot Hotel (also in Boston, MA) a woman by the name of Julissa Brisman met Philip by way of her craigslist posting offering erotic services and was found dead, a victim of homicide.

  • Robbery #3- On that following Thursday, April 16th, 2009 at the Holiday Inn Express in Warwick, Rhode Island Philip again met with an exotic dancer and attempted robbery.

The evidence gathered on these cases includes: security camera footage, cell phone activity, and even email. Philip Markoff was then arrested at his High Point apartment in Quincy, MA. Markoff was on the way to the Foxwoods Casino during the time the arrest took place.
Markoffs family and friends were so shocked that some of them participated in creating a Facebook group titled "Philip Markoff is Innocent Until Proven Guilty."
Eventually, Markoffs fiance broke off the engagement and plan to marry. Although no one is sure of the exact cause, it is said that she decided to go to medical school and may have made the statements that it would "be a long period of time, if ever, before she could talk to him again"
A grand jury indicted Markoff for first degree murder, as well as armed robbery, however he maintained his innocence to the public throughout the media attention.
Philip attempted suicide 3 times and failed while at Nashua Street Jail. First he attemped to strangle himself with shoelaces, then, the night that Megan McAllister broke up with me, Markoff attempted to slice his wrists open with a spoon sharpened on the concrete wall of his cell. The day Markoffs wedding was supposed to take place, a horde of medication was found in his room.
Finally, on August 15th, 2010 Markoff successfully committed suicide via self-harming and suffocating. Before Philip Markoff died, he decidedly wrote his ex-fiancees first name (Megan) over and over along with their pet name (Pocket) in his own blood on the walls of his cell. Philip was found surrounded by this, and photographs of Megan.

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