Philip Markoff, now known as the “Craigslist killer” by a lot of media companies has decided to fight the charges filed against him. The charges are related to the targeting of several women that were offering erotic services through the classifieds website Craigslist.org. Markoff is a 23 year old, second year medical student at Boston University.
Markoff has also been accused of the murder of Julissa Brisman (pictured above). Brisman was found dead on April 14 in a Boston hotel. She was bashed in the head three times and shot three times.
“This was a brutal, vicious crime – savage – and it shows Philip Markoff is a man who is willing to take advantage of women, to hurt them, to beat them, to rob them,” stated Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley. “He probably thought he was going to get away with it. He thought he was too smart for us.”
Authorities were able to find Markoff by fingerprints found on the scene. Another form of evidence worth nothing is the electronic fingerprint. The e-mail account Markoff opened one day before the murder led straight to his apartment.
?There?s an absolute certainty with electronic evidence that is quite powerful and not subject to the kind of interpretation you often get with other kinds of forensic evidence,? added Conley.
Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster wrote on the company’s blog that they plan to continue collaborating with the Attorneys General and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).
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[via The Australian/Boston Herald/Mahalo]