I was watching the television show ’48 Hours’ tonight and they talked about this case. What I didn’t know is that a book has been written about the case. Author and TV producer Paul LaRosa and Boston Globe crime reporter Maria Cramer have written the book “Seven Days of Rage” chronicling the chain of events surrounding the April 2009 case.
Former Boston University medical student Philip Markoff will go on trial March 14, the Suffolk District Attorney’s office announced on Tuesday.
24-year-old Philip Markoff is accused of murdering 26-year-old aspiring New York model & actress Julissa Brisman on April 14th of last year. They met at the at the Boston Marriott Copley Place after she advertised herself on Craigslist as a masseuse. He crushed her skull after beating her with a 9mm pistol and also shot her three times. He has pleaded not guilty to murder, kidnapping, armed assault with intent to rob, and unlawful possession of a firearm. He is being held without bail.
I’ve wondered if Markoff could qualify for the death penalty in federal court because Julissa crossed state line specifically to meet him. The FBI and Secret Service were involved in this investigation. Possibly because she crossed state line. Or so to stop Markoff before it got even worse.
His friends have said he had a gambling problem and usually lost. When he was captured, he was on his way to the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut. So he’s robbing women that he believes won’t go to the police and won’t fight back. He robbed one of his victims at gunpoint and made off with hundreds of dollars. Days later he murdered Julissa. Days after that attacked another woman but was stopped after her husband ran into the hotel room. All three women advertised their services on Craigslist and all were bound with plastic restraints/cuffs. Because he calmly walked out of the hotel after murdering Julissa and days later attacked another woman makes many believe he’s killed before and this has become second-nature to him. Why attack another woman days later if Julissa’s death was a robbery gone bad?
Markoff didn’t try to hide or conceal his identity. He was also found mainly because he used his own home computer, his blackberry, and set up a Craigslist email account while at home. They tracked his IP number and he is the person on those surveillance videos.
His fiance had later broken off their engagement. One of the stories that surfaced after his arrest was he told his parents to forget about him and to move on with their lives because there was much more to come out about him.
Former madam Kristin Davis had released a statement saying Julissa had worked for her but not as an escort. She only offered massages. She had worked as a model, actress, and in music videos and gave part of her earnings to her mother and little sister.