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A Date with Death The Secret Life of the Accused "Craigslist Killer"



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McPhee tells the true story of Philip Markoff, who, in 2009, had answered an ad on Craigslist for a masseuse and is accused of murdering a 22-year-old woman in Boston. photos. Original.

Author Biography

Michele R. McPhee is the bestselling author of A Mob Story, Heartless, and When Evil Rules—all available from St. Martin’s Paperbacks. The former award-winning Police Bureau Chief for the New York Daily News, she was the courts and crime reporter for the Boston Herald. Currently she is a New England correspondent for ABC News, a columnist for Boston Metro, and is the host of the Michele McPhee Show on 96.9 FM WTKK Boston Talks. 

McPhee’s true crime stories have appeared in more than a dozen national magazines, including Maxim, Stuff, Cosmopolitan, New York, ESPN the Magazine, Gotham, Manhattan File, and other international publications. 

She was the host of two Court TV Mugshot specials and her reporting is also featured in the A&E TV special, Crime Ink, and in an upcoming Discovery series called Rats. Her journalism has taken her to crime scenes across the country and has made her a commentator on breaking news for CNN, MSNBC, and the Fox News Network.

She lives in Boston, Massachusetts, with her dog, Wilbur.

Table of Contents

He was an online predator—hiding in plain sight…

In a luxury Boston hotel on April 14, 2009, police discovered the body of a beautiful young woman—her head battered, a bullet through her heart. Within hours, the story exploded, making headlines across the nation. The victim, a masseuse named Julissa Brisman, had advertised her erotic services on popular classified ads Web site Craigslist. A twenty-two-year-old medical student named Philip Markoff was her last-known client…

Why was a soon-to-be-married man prowling the Internet for sex?

What events led up to Markoff’s meeting with Brisman?

What happened on the night of their fateful—and fatal—date?

The Boston Police Homicide Unit followed a digital trail that led to Markoff's home, where investigators found a gun, prepaid cell phones, plastic handcuffs, and other evidence linking Markoff to Brisman. They also uncovered a stash of  women’s undergarments, raising even more questions about their suspect: How many other women did Markoff meet before Brisman? And what happened to them? This is the true story of one woman’s DATE WITH DEATH.

* With 8 pages of startling photographs *

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