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On August 15, 2010, the accused “Craigslist killer” committed suicide in a Boston jail while awaiting his trial.
Philip Markoff, 24, a former medical student, was accused of killing a masseuse he met through Craigslist. The masseuse, Julissa Brisman of New York City, who is pictured above, was found shot to death in a Boston hotel. She had been bludgeoned with a gun before being shot three times at a close range. Markoff was also accused of robbing a woman from Las Vegas, also in a Boston hotel. Both crimes took place just four days from each other in April 2009. He was also accused of attacking a stripper the same week. Markoff allegedly met all three women through advertisements for erotic services posted on Craigslist. Inside Markoff’s apartment, police found four pairs of women's underwear wrapped inside socks, hidden in a box spring.
He killed himself on what would have been his first wedding anniversary. The wedding was canceled after his arrest. He wrote his ex-fiancee's name, "Megan," in blood on his cell wall as he committed suicide. Markoff reportedly used an object that he shaved into a razor to slash major arteries in his ankles, legs and neck. He then wrapped his wounds and his head with plastic bags and stuffed toilet paper down his throat, so that he could not be resuscitated.
A lawyer for the Brisman's family said they were “dismayed" to hear of Markoff's death.
"Their grief for Julissa is as fresh today as the day over a year ago when Markoff took Julissa away from them. The long-awaited criminal prosecution was their only opportunity to confront him, and now he has taken that away as well."
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