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The armed robbery, kidnapping, and murder of Julissa Brisman (April 24, 1983 - April 14, 2009) in Boston, Massachusetts occurred on April 14, 2009. The attacker met Brisman through an ad on Craigslist, although the term "Craigslist Killer" has also been used in reports about other apparently unrelated attacks elsewhere in the United States.



The incident was committed on Tuesday, April 14, 2009, at the Copley Marriott Hotel, also in Boston, and resulted in the death of Julissa Brisman, then working as an erotic masseuse.[1][2][3]

Brisman was not sexually assaulted.[4]


On April 20, 2009, citing security camera footage and Internet-based evidence, police arrested Philip Markoff, a 23-year-old, living in the High Point apartments in Quincy, Massachusetts, and charged him with the murder of Brisman on April 14 among other crimes. The arrest took place on Interstate 95 in Walpole, Massachusetts, while Markoff and his fiancée were en route to Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut. He had over $1,000 cash on him at the time of his arrest. Markoff has been referred to as a "Craigslist Killer" in the media.[5] Boston investigators suspect that Markoff may have preyed on erotic services providers because of a gambling problem.[6][7]

On Tuesday, April 21, 2009, Markoff was arraigned on murder and gun charges[8] brought by the Suffolk County District Attorney in Brisman's slaying. At his arraignment, Markoff maintained his innocence and pled not guilty to all charges. He will be held without bail on a murder charge, although separate bonds were set on charges of armed robbery and kidnapping stemming from an incident involving a second woman. Markoff is being defended in the case by Harvard Law Professor, Attorney John Salsberg. [9][10]

See also


  1. ^ "Fingerprints, Gun Tie to Craigslist Suspect - ABC News". Retrieved 2009-04-24.  
  2. ^ Miranda, Jim. "Cops traced e-mail to Philip Markoff". Retrieved 2009-04-24.  
  3. ^ "Craig's List 'Massage' Ad Tied To Marriott Murder". WBZ-TV. Wednesday, April 15, 2009. Retrieved Saturday, April 18, 2009.  
  4. ^ "Craigslist killer strikes again in R.I. (page 2)". Boston Herald. Friday, April 17, 2009. Retrieved Saturday, April 18, 2009.  
  5. ^ "Massachusetts Police Arrest Suspect In Craigslist Killer Case". New York Daily News. April 20, 2009. Retrieved Tuesday, April 21, 2009. "New York Daily News refers to Philip Markoff as "Craigslist Killer.""  
  6. ^ AP Photo. "Foxwoods casino cooperating with investigation of Craigslist Killer, as police probe Philip Markoff's gambling debts". Retrieved 2009-04-24.  
  7. ^ "Investigators believe 'Craigslist Killer' may have had gambling problem". Boston Globe. Tuesday, April 21, 2009. Retrieved Tuesday, April 21, 2009.  
  8. ^ "Criminal Complaint (Commonwealth v. Philip Markoff)". FindLaw. 2009-04-21. Retrieved 2009-04-21.  
  9. ^ "Med student held without bail in possible Craigslist killing". 2009-04-20. Retrieved 2009-04-24.  
  10. ^ "Medical student charged with Craigslist murder in Boston". WBZ. Monday, April 20, 2009. Retrieved Monday, April 20, 2009.  

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