Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Philip Markoff suspected Craigslist Killer Arrested!

Philip Haynes Markoff, a Boston University School of Medicine medical student was arrested in Boston tonight and charged with the murder of 26-year-old masseuse Julissa Brisman and suspected of being the ‘Craigslist killer’.

Markoff allegedly failed, meeting the 25 year old suspect at 11:15 pm that night, but being confronted when her husband showed up and fleeing.

Markoff was is from northern New York state, now resides in Quincy near Boston, a 2007 graduate of State University of New York-Albany, and 2011 BU student. Boston University has confirmed his suspension today.

The Craigslist Killer has been targeting women who sell their services through the popular website Craigslist. The attacks have gained national attention as the perpetrator seemed to be picking his victims from the website who were offering services like ‘private dances’ and ‘private massages’.

Most of the victims were tied up and robbed at gunpoint. However, one of the women, 26-year-old Julissa Brisman, was shot and killed as she tried to escape the attack in her room at the Marriott Copley Place in Boston. The aspiring actress was found on the 20th floor of the hotel in cardiac arrest and was not able to be revived. She had been shot multiple times in the torso.

Hotel surveillance photos from the attack sites showed a blond man who was strikingly similar in appearance, clothing and his concentration on texting on his Blackberry as he walked past the cameras. The similarities in the surveillance photos helped connect the crimes.

Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis and Suffolk District Attorney Daniel Conley announced earlier tonight that they ahve arrested 23-year-old Philip Markoff of Quincy, Massachusetts. He is arrested for the murder of Julissa Brisman and in connection with the Craigslist assaults.

Philip Haynes Markoff was in his second year of medical school at Boston University School of Medicine. He was suspended from the medical program when the school learned of the charges against him. He is 23-years-old. There are news reports that he is the son of a Syracuse, New York dentist and educator, although that hasn’t been confirmed. He’s engaged to be married on August 14, 2009.

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