Handsome 22 year old medical student Philip Markoff was arrested late Monday and will be arraigned today on charges of murder, kidnapping and robbery in three recent crimes against sex trade workers who advertised on Craigslist.
Markoff, a Quincy resident, was arraigned in Boston Municipal Court on Tuesday (see photo below) for the murder of New York masseuse Julissa Brisman. The slain 26 year old was discovered shot at the upscale Boston Copley Marriot on April 14. The suspect was charged with murder and will continue to be held without bail.
The med student was also charged with kidnapping and robbery of an exotic dancer at one of Boston’s posh Westin hotel properties on April 10. Markoff restrained the woman with zip ties and left the scene with her debit card and $800 cash. He is suspected in a third assault of a Las Vegas hooker at a Rhode Island hotel on Thursday. In that case, he restrained and robbed the woman at gunpoint.
Police got a break after releasing captured building surveillance images of Markoff leaving all three crime scenes. According to NY Daily News, investigators worked with Craigslist to backtrack the suspect through his computer IP address.
The suspect was stopped by police at 4 p.m. on Monday as he drove south of Boston on Interstate 95. He was taken to police headquarters for questioning and was later arrested. Police believe that other sex workers are also victims of Markoff’s crimes and they are being asked to come forward.
The clean cut Boston University student and son of a dentist is engaged to marry fellow med student Megan McAllister. The bride-to-be put together a wedding web page at megan-philip.com but has taken it down. Check out a screen shot below.
Photos and video below.
This is actually the second Craigslist murder. See coverage on the first here.