PostChronicle.com – A former medical school student accused of being the “Craigslist Killer” killed himself in a Boston jail cell Sunday, authorities said.
Suffolk County Sheriff’s office spokesman Steven Tompkins said Philip Markoff, 24, was pronounced dead at 10:17 a.m., The Boston Globe reported.
Markoff was awaiting trial in the April 14, 2009, shooting death of Julissa Brisman, 25, a New York masseuse who had traveled to Boston after advertising her services on Craigslist, an online classified ad service. He also was charged with armed robbery and kidnapping in two other incidents in which the victims were not injured.
Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis and county District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said in a statement all evidence collected so far indicated Markoff took his own life, though an investigation was ongoing.
“I’m shocked and saddened by the news,” said John Salsberg, Markoff’s attorney, who declined further comment.
The Globe said Markoff, whose next court appearance wasn’t until next month, had been placed on suicide watch soon after being arrested several days after Brisman was slain.