Craigslist Killer: Kept Victim’s Panties as Trophies

April 22, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Boston Police, while conducting a thorough search of Philip Markoff, the Craigslist Killer’s Quincy apartment, found a slew of hidden women’s panties, police suspect are “trophies” collected by Markoff from his robberies and attacks of women advertising massage services, he contacted through Craigslist, luring them to nearby hotels. Police are now concerned, that the panties indicate, there are other victims of Markoff’s who are afraid to come forward.

Twenty-three year old B.U. medical student, Markoff is charged with the brutal murder of one of his victims, 26-year-old Julissa Brisman, who was viciously beaten and shot three times at close range on April 14 at the Boston Copley Marriott hotel.

The attacks and brutal murder captured the attention of the public in recent weeks, with its sensational and lurid details of women offering “massage services,” on Craigslist, lured by a “Craigslist Killer” to arranged meeting places at luxury Boston hotels, where they were bound, gagged with duct tape and robbed, and in Julissa Brisman’s case, brutally beaten and murdered.

Boston police arrested Markoff, the Craigslist Killer on Monday, after collecting damaging evidence against him, including video surveillance of him leaving hotels and an eyewitness identification by robbery victim, Trisha Leffler, who was bound, gagged and robbed of $800, on April 10 at the Boston Westin Hotel. Police were able to track Markoff down by linking cell phone and computer records, matching the IP address of his email to his home computer.

Police confiscated additional damaging evidence from his apartment, including a semi-automatic weapon, ammunition, plastic zip ties (the same type used to bind his victims) and duct tape used to gag the women.

Many following the sensational case, including his friends, are baffled by the quiet clean-cut Markoff’s crimes and vicious murder. The young medical student, engaged to be married this summer, with no prior criminal record, apparently fooled everyone, including his fiancé. Police believe he was addicted to gambling and used the money from the robberies to pay off gambling debts and fund his habit. When he was arrested on Monday, he was on his way to Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut where he had an ongoing line of credit.

Police also believe Markoff is responsible for another Craigslist robbery of a masseuse, recently lured to a Holiday Inn Express in Rhode Island.

His fiancé, Megan McAllister is standing by her man, saying he “could not hurt a fly.” She somehow believes the charges brought against her fiancé are all a terrible mistake, but the police say they have a very strong case.



6 Responses to “Craigslist Killer: Kept Victim’s Panties as Trophies”

  1. Nella Benton on April 22nd, 2009 5:14 pm

    How about using the word “underpants” instead of “panties”? Most women use the word underpants; and panties is a word that has a creepy, leering tone to it.

  2. George Sakalo on April 22nd, 2009 8:54 pm

    So if I have a blackberry, girl friend has her panties in my apartment, have a couple of duct tapes, a plastic tape that binds all wires, a gun to protect myself – the police can walk into apartment and pin the blame of any murder on me.


  3. leia on April 22nd, 2009 11:17 pm

    I say don’t change a thing. the story of the craigslist killer is supposed to be creepy.???!!!!

  4. Gregory F on April 23rd, 2009 1:44 pm

    My mom’s generation doesn’t even use the term “underpants”.

  5. Sue on April 23rd, 2009 9:04 pm

    Interesting Comments! Nella I agree, the word panties does seem to take on a creepy connotation when associated with a killer taking them as trophies, but that’s kind of the point here. The so called Craigslist Killer lured women to hotel rooms to rob them, tie them up, gag them, threaten them with a gun and in at least one instance, brutally murdered one of the women.

    These young women were advertising, “massage services” on Craiglist. I don’t think these particular women were wearing granny cotton “underwear.”

    I’m always mindful of devising a title drawing a reader to the crux of an article, without being overly sensational. I think in this instance, using the word underpants just wouldn’t have had the same impact.

  6. Rhonda on May 1st, 2009 8:34 pm

    “the panties indicate, there are other victims of Markoff’s who are afraid to come forward.” I have never known panties to indicate anything. Was he raping and then stealing their money? Or are the cops just counting to 16 and assuming 16 victims?

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