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Does Craigslist Killer Philip Markoff Look Like a Murderer?

Does This Man Look Like a Murderer?

Clean cut blond man. Medical student with a fiancée.

In almost every news story that you read about alleged Craigslist killer, Philip Markoff, who is accused of murdering a masseuse whose ad he answered, there is always some comment about the incongruity between his looks and/or educational background and the murder of 26-year-old Julissa Brisman that he's accused of.

Do these reporters have amnesia about America's most notorious serial killers, like Jeffrey Dahmer or Ted Bundy? Last time I checked, each of them looks like the boy next door (albeit with a lot of crazy in the eyes). If Markoff doesn't look like a killer — who does? What is our expectation, rational or not? To read about Markoff and to hear more baffling comments from experts,


New York forensic psychologist Michael Welner told Good Morning America that, although Markoff targeted masseuses (usually a code word on Craigslist for prostitute), the alleged crimes were about money, not sex or power. Um, really? It's stupefying to me that an "expert" could say this. I'm no expert — but I would venture to guess that his alleged crimes were about a combination of all those motivations.

As more details emerge about Markoff — that he has a gambling addiction, and today, that he collected his victims' panties (before Brisman, he roughed up and robbed another masseuse, Trisha Leffler, who was lucky he didn't kill her) — the mystery deepens as to who this man is. But the mystery should not settle around how a clean-cut blond man could commit murder.


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