Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Accused Craigslist Killer Owed Gambling Debts
I wonder if he played the ponies?
By LISA FLETCHER, MICHELE MCPHEE, JIM AVILA, RICHARD ESPOSITO and SARAH NETTER
April 21, 2009
A police source close to the investigation of the Boston man charged with robbing two women he met on Craigslist and killing one says a search of Philip Markoff's house turned up guns and plastic ties, and police believe his motive in the crimes was to pay off gambling debts.
Medical student engaged to be married charged with killing a masseuse in Boston.But Markoff's fiancee, who lived with him, said police have got the wrong guy.
At first glance, Markoff doesn't seem to fit the murder-suspect stereotype -- the blond, clean-cut 22-year-old is a medical student and is engaged to be married this summer.
But according to police, he robbed two women he solicited throughpersonal ads on Craigslist, killing one of them, Julissa Brisman, in an upscale Boston hotel.
Markoff was charged with murder in the shooting death of Brisman, 26, at the Copley Marriott Hotel April 14. He was also charged with armed robbery and kidnapping in an alleged attack on another woman April 10 at the Westin Hotel, according to a statement released by the Boston Police Department.
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."
UPDATE: April 22, 2009
Latest news story on the Craiglist Killer is that a search of his home turned up items belonging to the victims.
Wonder what girlfriend has to say about her honey now. Will she blindly stand by her man in light of this new evidence?
"There is none so blind as those who refuse to see"