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Philip Markoff, Suspected Craigslist Killer, Found Dead In Cell

Philip Markoff, the man suspected of killing 25-year-old Julissa Brisman in a Boston hotel room after contacting her via Craigslist, was found dead in his jail cell Sunday, the victim of an apparent suicide.  The man the media dubbed the “Craigslist Killer” was found with a plastic bag tied around his head and a cut artery, according to the Boston Globe.

Just a day after he would have been married for a year had his fiancee, Megan McAllister, not called off the wedding, Philip Markoff, according to authorities, took his own life.  The former medical student was accused of not only murdering New York masseuse Julissa Brisman in April 2009 but of two other attacks on women he met through Craigslist ads as well.

Markoff was arrested on his way to Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut.  He was placed on suicide watch shortly after the arrest following a correction officer noticing red marks on his neck that looked like ligature marks from shoelaces.

Although authorities believe all evidence points toward a suicide, the investigation into the alleged Craigslist Killer is ongoing.

According to his lawyer, Markoff was due again in court in mid-September.  He was to go on trial for Julissa Brisman’s murder in March 2011.

Philip Markoff was 24.

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