Posted by BOC Staff | Craigslist,Julissa Brisman,Kidnapping,Murdered,Phil Markoff | Thursday 23 April 2009 2:04 pm

Boston, MA– Accused Craigslist Killer Philip Markoff attempted to hang himself in his cell today with his shoelaces. Markoff was arraigned on Tuesday in the Commonwealth where he entered a plea of not guilty through his attorney, John Salsberg.


In a routine check, correction officers found “shoelace marks” around Markoff’s neck this afternoon and have moved him out of general population and placed him in a segrated Unit at Boston’s Nashua Street jail under a suicide watch where guards can keep a close eye on him.

Markoff stands accused of the armed robbery and kidnapping of Trisha Leffler, and the murder of 26 year old NYC masseuse, Julissa Brisman.

Phil Markoff is a second year Medical Student at Boston University.

Markoff was luring his victims via craiglist masseuse ads and Police fear there may be more victims who have not yet come forward. He was arrested Monday afternoon on his way to Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut with his fiancee, Megan McAllister. Jim McAllister, Megan’s Father says his daughter is standing by her man.

..She’s still confident in Phil.. We are saying alot of prayers..”

When asked if Ms. McAllister had an idea of Phil’s criminal activities, he answered ..”absolutely none..”

Late Yesterday, Boston Police announced a semi automatic weapon was retrieved from the couple’s home from a hollowed out copy of Gray’s Anatomy. Additionally there are unconfirmed reports that panties belonging to the victims, as well as other evidence belonging to the victims. 



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  1. Sister says:

    Maybe I’m becoming more jaded than I thought — if he was in general population and tried to kill himself, wouldn’t others/cellmates seen that? Course, that may be why the COs looked for the marks. I might need to leave the Ants alone for a while — effecting my sensitivity.

  2. ASF says:

    Anybody see the fiancee’s father making a statement to the media? He looked like a pig in snit… he looked a little tooo smiley and happy given the circumstances. I think he didn’t like Markoff to begin with.

  3. Greg says:

    Too bad they do not kill themselves before the crimes.

  4. Ellen says:

    What a scumbag this guy is. And his fiancee is too dumb to live if she’s still supporting him. Innocent people don’t attempt suicide in jail. They fight to prove their innocence tooth and nail.

  5. cheryl says:

    This story just gets uglier & uglier. I am curious about his childhood & upbringing-especially his relationship with his mother & his father’s attitude towards her. This young guy is really confusing. On 1 hand, he seems intelligent, ambitious & friendly, but on the other, he seems to hate women, is a compulsive gambler,& is extremely snobbish $ condescending.

  6. Red Ranger says:

    I reckon a couple of the genpop homecoming court tried him on for size. He didn’t like it and tried to end it once and for all. Now that he is on suicide watch, I can see him pleading out, if offered. With this much evidence against him he may not be offered anything. We do know from experience that he knows how to cave a head in. Maybe that will be his next suicide method.

    Megan’s dad should not storm into the media and say how Megan is supporting CLK. Megan needs to quietly fade away. Her dad needs to stop opening his mouth and removing all doubt.

  7. Prevost1580 says:

    Let him do it & put it on UTUBE.

    Who cares if he kills himself?! I don’t.

  8. CutiePie says:

    Gee Blink! When it rains it pours! Do you ever get a day off?? What drama is next?!? LOL!!

  9. mamacrazy30 says:

    jail isn’t fun, but i’m thinkin’ if you innocent you want OUT, not kill yourself. oh, the irony
    Greg, i’m with ya…strange how all of these “suicidal” killers manage to kill their victims, but just can’t seem to get it right when it comes to themselves. Markoff is a pansy how has no problem killing and stealing from strange women…but when it comes down to it, he can’t handle jail. just think IF THIS GUY WASN’T CAUGHT AND BECAME YOUR FAMILY DOCTOR. uugggg.

  10. R.L. Haley says:

    I dont get it why people are shocked “hes an all american kid” are we forgetting Ted Bundy? or how about my countrys Paul Bernardo.Evil comes in many forms and faces,u only need to visit Scaredmonkeys or blink on crime to know that.

  11. Red Ranger says:

    Hey R.L.,
    While I am not shocked, I am a bit surprised. A kid who comes from a wealthy bakground that, by all accounts so far, was driven to succeed and become an affluent adult normally does not go on a spree of this nature. Depending on his specialty he chose he stood a good chance of being in the upper 1.5% of earners in this country. Add to this the fact that he seemed to have nothing in his background to foreshadow these events. So he was smart in his field, had newfound good looks, was preparing for a financially rewarding life, had a cute fiance and other women flattering his ego, etc. There was no outward reason for him to do this.

    If he had been living on the street and killed for a roof over his head and a meal it would be more easily understandable. If he had been arrested for dealin’ and pimpin’ and fightin’ and stealin’ and peekin’ and a whole plethora of the ‘ins it would make more sense. But for an intelligent educated kid to go this route is bound to raise an eyebrow of even those familiar with Bundy and Bernardo types, eh?

    Maybe Megan or her dad can shed some light on his gambling issues at their next presser. Apparently, this is what presssured him into his spree. And last, with the mountains of evidence he left behind, he may be the dumbest spree criminal in history. Maybe he was just a ned school savant and not functional in any other area. Who knows, eh? ;)

  12. kuaitzudog says:

    Posted on Craigs list by Boston police…

    Were You Attacked or Robbed by a Client? (Boston)

    Reply to: [Errors when replying to ads?]
    Date: 2009-04-23, 4:39PM EDT

    Were you attacked or robbed at a Boston-area hotel after placing an ad on Craigslist? If so, you may have information that could aid the investigation into the April 10 armed robbery of a woman at the Westin Copley Place Hotel and the April 14 murder of a woman at the Marriott Copley Place Hotel. Both victims were attacked by a prospective client who had contacted them through ads placed on Craigslist.

    Investigators believe both women were attacked by one man targeting female Craigslist advertisers who would be reluctant to report the crimes. If you or someone you know was attacked and robbed, please contact the BPD Homicide Unit at 617-343-4470, call the BPD CrimeStoppers tip line at 1-800-494-TIPS, or text “TIP” to CRIME (27463).
    email this posting to a friend boston craigslist > boston/camb/brook > erotic services
    please flag with care:

  13. R.L. Haley says:

    Megan the fiance is still claiming hes innocent?Poor thing ,must be in shock I see your point Red ranger um Whats with the eh… eh?Did you just buy the boxmasters new cd…sorry blink off topic .Im sure everyone loves Canada…I hope.

  14. Marsha says:

    Too bad it didn’t work.

  15. Red Ranger says:

    Boston Globe is saying the preliminary tests match the gun. Also saying the tape and zip ties have his prints. And Fox news just said so too.
    Boston Globe also has an article about Why We Should Not Blame Megan for proclaiming his innocence. They say she can only believe the side she has seen. She may run with it for awhile. The truth is about to slap the taste out of her mouth. I just want her to be quiet and private.

  16. Red Ranger says:

    Hey R.L., I’m married to a Canuck so I am familiar with some of the lingo. CLK’s a real hoser, eh? Next thing we know he’ll be hoofing on something.

  17. dixiebludog says:

    Hang yourself with a shoelace? C’mon people, your kidding me. My shoelaces break everytime I fart – and you expect me to believe that you could hang yourself with one???? (but maybe bunching them both in a ball and swallowing them would do the trick – choke you to death)
    Lame try

    Since you brought it up affectionately.. a gift from Blink to dixie :

  18. Christen Allen Iman says:

    I thought this tidbit interesting.

    The Insider.
    video and text

    John Walsh Weighs In on the Craigslist Killer:
    “Authorities do think they have the right man.
    They’re almost sure,” John tells our own Lara Spencer.
    “They believe that this is a rookie serial killer: Someone who preyed upon women using the Internet to lure them where he needed to get them.
    Many serial killers start out with victims that they don’t murder, working up to the murders.”

    It’s amazing how now Markoff is being refered to as a serial killer.

    I expect he has some dark issues inside his mind, but to suggest he’s a serial killer without supportive evidnce seems a little risky, and could open Mr. Walsh up some litigation involving libel and defamation of character.


  19. Gypsy DD says:

    In response to #19…I agree with Mr Walsh. This man was a serial robber of women of a certain type..then came we learn of trophies…that does not make for just robbery. Abnormal Psych 101 students know that is not only a form of a psycho-sexual compulsive disorder but traits that are the beginning markers of sociopath serial killers. He was cutting his teeth so to speak..My bet..we will find more of the same type vic, robbery and bondage and trophy’s in this man’s past. He didn’t want sex..too dirty and too much DNA left behind..he just wanted to rob, bound them and belittle them ..the belittlement is the most distressing part..because that is the part that says you are not a human to are a piece of dirt to be dealt with as I please. Do I believe this was his first robbery I believe this was his first killing ..yes..but not because she fought back..but because he had escalated to that point.

    Can we say guilty as charged..why else try to hang yourself with shoelaces..for pity..possibly ..but people who are not guilty don’t do this within a matter of days. Especially when they have a high powered attorney. This dude knows his goose is cooled..and is looking for sympathy..look at me..I just couldn’t live with myself if you are charging me with this..yeah right..your’e a medical knew shoelaces in a jail cell surrounded by others would not kill you..just hoping for sympathetic press.

  20. Zorro says:

    I think he should be castRATED chemically and surgically. And while they are at it, bring back natural selection, and kill all the fat, sick, crazy and retarded. haha…

  21. Zorro says:

    I’m just going to say this before anyone else does, I sound a bit like Hitler don’t I?

  22. PamTX says:

    You have got to be kidding me!! Shoelaces? What did he do…wrap them around his neck, do a few rubbing motions to leave a mark, so he could be put in a private cell?! This was not an attempted suicide IMO! Nice try, but your fiancee is going to see the real you in a very short period of time.

  23. PamTX says:

    Interesting quote by the New York Times:

    “Before he was put in the segregated unit, Markoff already had been moved out of the jail’s general population to a protective unit because he had a fight with another inmate after he arrived this week.
    A man released from the jail revealed yesterday that when Markoff arrived there, he said, “I’m the Craigslist guy,” after prisoners recognized him.”

  24. Red Ranger says:‘Forget_about_me_/srvc=home&position=0

    “During a dramatic jailhouse meeting, Markoff told his brother and sister-in-law, “There is more coming out,” and they should forget about him and “move to California,” the jail source said.”

    Computer forensics from his computer and his phone records will tell how many other Craigslist women he met with. Or men. Remember he had the ad where he advertised himself as a 24 year old ebony girl. These girls do not necessarily have to come forward to be found.

    PamTx, I am glad he got beat up.

  25. Christen Allen Iman says:

    RE: POst No. 20

    Hi Gypsy.

    You had written: “Abnormal Psych 101 students know that is not only a form of a psycho-sexual compulsive disorder but traits that are the beginning markers of sociopath serial killers.”

    This is quite correct.
    And I do believe we will soon be seeing the real Phil Markoff exposed for what he truly is.

    I actually agree with most you had written in your post by the way. :)

    Chris, I have known DD for some time. She is extremely insightful in her insight, as are most on here, but thanks for aknowledgement to her.

  26. mamacrazy30 says:

    re: #24 PamTx–I’m the Craigslist guy….oohhh…he IS PROUD of himself. so now i’m punished ’cause i can’t post about him anymore….i can’t stand to FEED THE EGO. and really, i think this is what its all about. ya’ll can use all the big words ya want and label him whatever but it comes down to WHY?
    ’cause he could and thought he could get away with it.
    this guy has asshole written all over him.

  27. Red says:

    [b]The Dana Pretzer Show On Scared Monkeys Radio – Listen Live Tonight At 9PM Eastern – Guests Discuss How To Keep Kids Safe, And The Craigslist Killer[/b]

    Join Dana tonight as he welcomes:

    Mark Klaas of The Klaas Kids Foundation
    Robin Sax, LA County Assistant District Attorney
    Criminal Profiler Pat Brown discusses the Craigslist Killer
    Drew Kesse, father of Jennifer Kesse now missing for three years.

  28. Melonie says:

    Many people have hung themselves with shoelaces its actually common. They ususally take the shoe lace out when you are hospitalized for mental health problems.

  29. amychika says: – died via suicide

    My prayers go out to his family and friends, and to the victims and their families.

    There was never any doubt in my mind this would ultimately happen to him.

  30. [...] it was reported at Blink on Crime that Philip Markoff had tried to hang himself with his shoe laces back in April [...]

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