September 16th, 2010
11:38 AM ET

'Craigslist killer' case formally dropped after suspect's suicide

Prosecutors in Boston, Massachusetts, on Thursday filed paperwork in court that officially ended the murder case against "Craigslist killer" Philip Markoff, who committed suicide in jail last month.

The Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley said prosecutors had a "very, very strong case" against Markoff, but it was short-circuited when Markoff took his own life August 15.

"What he did was abhorrent, it was disgraceful, it was brutal and he would have been held accountable," said Conley, who told reporters that the case file would be available to review in a few weeks.

Markoff, 24, was a second-year student at Boston University's School of Medicine when arrested in April 2009 in the killing of Julissa Brisman, 25, at Boston's Copley Marriott Hotel. Police said that Brisman, a model, advertised as a masseuse on the online classifieds service Craigslist, and Markoff might have met her through the site.

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Brett Favre's fan (a.k.a. ybs)

    A dead nutcase is always good: minimal tax burdens – legal and penitentiary costs!

    September 16, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Val

    umm...the "Full Story" link goes to a completely different news story...

    September 16, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justin

      Somebody earned their paycheck!

      September 16, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Anna

    However disgraceful and tragic what this guy did, I can see a movie made about this story actually being pretty interesting. Who would have thought a bright, young handsome, engaged man who is in Med school would have turned out to be a serial killer. Not to mention the panty-stealing. A psychiatrist point of view would be interesting to speculate on his motives and actions.

    September 16, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ANGIE

    He could not take it anymore ah oh! well

    September 16, 2010 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. iPhone Sync Error

    I have fun with, lead to I found just what I was taking a look for. You've ended my four day long hunt! God Bless you man. Have a great day. Bye

    March 31, 2012 at 7:13 am | Report abuse |