Philip Markoff

Philip Markoff

Accused of robbery, kidnapping and murder
Date of Birth: 12.02.1986
Country: USA

Biography of Philip Markoff

Philip Markoff, accused of robbery, kidnapping, and murder, was already a second-year student at Boston University School of Medicine when his crimes came to light. Born in 1986 in Sherrill, New York, Philip Haynes Markoff was raised in a dentist's family by Susan Haynes and Richard Markoff. He attended Vernon-Verona-Sherill High School, where he was a member of the National Honor Society and played for the school's bowling and golf teams. Known as a "normal, without quirks" student, Philip was described as a diligent student and a pleasant person.

Philip Markoff

In 2007, Philip graduated from SUNY Albany, where he studied medicine and joined the Young Republicans. While he was a second-year student at Boston University School of Medicine, his crimes came to light. In 2009, he was arrested on suspicion of a series of attacks on women. One of the victims, Julissa Brisman, was fatally shot in luxurious apartments of a Boston hotel in April 2009. The victim had multiple signs of violence and head injuries, indicating that she had put up significant resistance. It turned out that Markoff had a gun for such a case. Another victim, Trisha Leffler, was a prostitute whom Markoff robbed, tied up, and gagged. Trisha, although terrified, survived the ordeal. Another unfortunate encounter was with a guest of the Holiday Inn Express, but Markoff's attempt was unsuccessful. All three incidents occurred in upscale hotels in April 2009.

Philip Markoff

During his escape from the last unsuccessful crime scene, Markoff was captured by hotel surveillance cameras. All three victims of Markoff were women he met through a specific services section on a classified website.

Markoff, who was accused of robbery, kidnapping, and murder, denied the charges against him. During a search of his apartment, a semi-automatic pistol and items belonging to two of the robbed women were found, according to some sources. There were also reports that Markoff collected underwear from his victims, but the police never confirmed this information. The case was considered sensational for several reasons. Those who knew Philip well, including his fiancée, could not remember any sadistic tendencies in him. It was also revealed that he frequented casinos, and according to police practice, gamblers do not engage in robberies. However, the site Craigslist, where the robber met all three of his victims, was almost considered an accomplice to Markoff. After the incidents, the posting of erotic advertisements on Craigslist was banned.

At the age of 24, Philip Markoff did not live to see the trial. In August 2010, he was found dead in his solitary cell at Nashua Street Jail in Boston. The investigation ruled it as a suicide. It was known that the criminal had made several unsuccessful attempts to take his own life before.

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