Lifetime’s made-for-TV movie, “The Craigslist Killer” is based on the chilling and disturbing case that gripped the country in 2009.
Phillip Markoff, a Boston University Medical School student, had a bright future ahead including an upcoming wedding to a wealthy, beautiful pre-med student, Megan McAllister. It was the perfect life – until he started murdering masseuses.
Markoff was charged with the armed robbery and murder of Julissa Brisman in a Boston, Massachusetts, hotel on April 14, 2009, a masseuse he met via Craigslist! That’s enough to spook me out considering I have purchased items on Craiglist and arranged for pick-up/drop off of the items. Creepy!
Markoff pleaded not guilty to the charge but he was also charged with robbing another masseuse at gunpoint four days prior to the murder.
His fiancee Megan Mcallister, who stood by Markoff when he was arrested for the murders, broke off their engagement in June 2009.
The movie, from a book by Michele McPhee, details Phillip and Megan’s life together from the moment they met, until his suicide in jail just before his trial was set to begin, in August 2010.
William Baldwin plays the Boston detective who broke the case from a text message left on the cell phone of one of the dead prostitutes.
“The Craigslist Killer” is chilling and upsetting for many reasons… and serves as a reminder to be careful when dealing with people online. You never know who the person you’re dealing with really is. It’s just a good reminder for parents and their kids to always be wary and cautious.
If you missed it, Lifetime is showing “The Craigslist Killer” Saturday night at 9pm and again on Sunday night at 7pm and 11pm.