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Police Find Alleged 'Craigslist Killer' Dead in Prison Cell

Police Find Alleged 'Craigslist Killer' Dead in Prison Cell

Philip Markoff [AP]

New York Daily News via YellowBrix

August 16, 2010

NEW YORK – The accused craigslist killer awaiting trial for the murder of a Manhattan model committed suicide on what would have been his first wedding anniversary.

Philip Markoff, 24, was found early yesterday with self-inflicted cuts and a bag over his head inside his Nashua Street Jail cell in Boston, cops said.

“We are saddened by it,” said Jim McAllister, father of Markoff’s former fianceé, Megan, who is in medical school in the Caribbean. “We’re trying to get our heads on straight.”

Jail guards went looking for Markoff when he didn’t show up for breakfast, said Jake Wark, a spokesman for the district attorney’s office.

Law enforcement sources said that Markoff, who preyed on craigslist escorts, had put a plastic bag over his head and stabbed himself in the neck and legs. He used a pen, the Boston Herald reported. There was so much blood that witnesses speculated he must have hit arteries.

A guard at the jail told the Daily News that Markoff’s training in anatomy may have come into play: “He can do things other inmates can’t, because he knows about the human body. He’s a medical student, so if he gets a sharp instrument, he might be able to bleed himself out.”

Markoff was arrested in April 2009 for the murder of Julissa Brisman, 26, a model and aspiring actress from the upper West Side. Brisman, who moonlighted as an erotic masseuse, was shot dead when she fought Markoff’s attempts to tie her up and rob her in the plush Marriott Copley Place hotel in downtown Boston, authorities said.

Police said Markoff hired her from an ad on, which he trolled for robbery victims who would be unlikely to call the cops. His trial was to have begun in March.

Markoff’s suicide left Brisman’s family in shock.

“Their grief for Julissa is as fresh today as the day over a year ago when Markoff took Julissa away from them,” their lawyer Djuna Perkins said. “The long-awaited criminal prosecution was their only opportunity to confront him, and now he has taken that away as well.”

When Markoff, a native of upstate New York, was arrested, he was about to marry Megan McAllister, his college sweetheart at the University of Albany.

They had a ritzy Jersey Shore wedding planned for Aug. 14, 2009.

McAllister initially defended her fiancé, telling the media he “couldn’t hurt a fly” and was “a beautiful person inside and out.”

She changed her mind and canceled the waterfront wedding after evidence emerged that Markoff had panties and restraints hidden in his box spring and a gun stashed in a hollowed-out copy of his “Gray’s Anatomy” textbook.

Markoff had been on a brief suicide watch just after his arrest last spring, when he tried to hang himself with his shoelaces and slice his wrists with a sharpened spoon.

  • Car6_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    R.I.P. to the victim and her family. Glad to see he is gone!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago


    I'm quite sure he was guilty as hell, and would have been convicted if he had gone to trial. But that said...

    You know the movies where the town mob is witnessing the torture and execution of some man or woman accused of some crime such as…witchcraft? Ever wonder what that mob filled with creatures that looked like humans were thinking as they cheered the dismemberment and torture of the accused?

    If you are spiritually and psychologically healthy enough to have pondered that question, then read the comments posted here, and you will have your answers.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago


    I will never understand our JUD system. Guilt is guilt. I hope he suffered - just sadden by the family of the women, and his family-how much pain they are going through. Loss is the most difficult thing in life one can face. The devil does his work on everyone this animal has touched. I pray to god that all the families involved can find some peace. At the very least this poor womens family wont have to sit and hear every detail of how their child, sister, grand-daughter or friend was murdered. To bad he didnt take care of business the first time he tried to off himself.

  • Flowers_20_234__max50


    about 4 years ago


    No pity from me, that's for sure

  • Photo_user_banned_big


    about 4 years ago


    saved the taxpayers some money... I only hope it hurt as bad as your victim hurt when you killed her.

  • 47841103e_max50


    about 4 years ago



  • Justice-400_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Must have been a murderer, confirmed he was a coward.

  • Me__mr


    about 4 years ago


    One less to worry about. Saved the state big bucks.

  • Lady_justice_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Well I don't want to seem insensitive or anything like that but thats one LESS HEADACHE TO DEAL WITH , he knew what he did , thats why he KILLED HIMSELF ...

  • Shenanigans7sy_max50


    about 4 years ago


    All I can say is Justice Served!!!!

  • Img_0103_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Well I don't know if Justice was served...But I am glad that we no longer have to pay for his room, borad and meals..

  • Vpsomourningband_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Bump all comments on saving the taxpayers money!

  • Pug_max600_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Philip Markoff, may you RIP (Rot in Pieces).........

  • Funny_pictures_56616_max50


    about 4 years ago


    sounds like he set a good example for other inmates.

  • Img_0338_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Justice was served.

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