CNN, Inside Edition and a multitude of other news agencies surrounded Suffolk County Courthouse in Boston, Massachusetts on April 21, 2009. Boston Police announced they had Boston University medical student Philip Markoff in custody for the murder of a woman who he “met” on Craigslist. Markoff is being held without bail.
The 23-year-old medical student was in his second year at BU when he saw an advertisement for massage services by Julissa Brisman on the popular “Craigslist.” Brisman hoped to pursue a career in modeling before being brutally murdered at the Marriott Copley Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts. According to Boston Police, Brisman was shot three times at close range. Brisman tried to fight off the killer as he attempted to rob her. Another hotel guest heard the commotion and called security when she saw Brisman in the doorway of her room. Julissa Brisman passed away at Boston Medical Center. The Boston Herald reported that Brisman “died instantly from a gunshot through her heart.”
Daniel Conley, the Suffolk County District Attorney, said the police are looking for other women with a similar MO. On April 10, 2009, a woman was robbed at the Westin Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts by a man bearing the same description as Markoff. “Inside Edition” reported that Markoff was on his way to Foxwood casino when police pulled him over. According to the Boston Herald, police “had Markoff under surveillance for days.” Gambling debts could be one of the motives for his strange and pervasive behavior. They also reported that Markoff had a gun in his Quincy, Massachusetts apartment along with plastic handcuffs and duct tape.
Philip Markoff, originally from New York, was engaged to be married on August 14th to Megan McAllister. The couple met when both were working at an Albany, New York hospital; they had planned a honeymoon in Tahiti. McAllister says Markoff is innocent and “could not hurt a fly.” She has also stated, ” We expect to marry in August and share a wonderful, meaningful life together.” A neighbor said he is “stunned” at the news, yet is “bracing for reality” that Markoff will not be found innocent. Police traced Markoff using cell phone and computer records. Markoff pleaded “not guilty” at Boston Municipal Court. He is charged with murder, unlawful possession of a firearm, kidnapping and armed robbery. Philip Markoff is due back in court on May 21st.
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