Monday, April 27, 2009

Dr. Phil covers the Boston Craigslist case -- a real tragedy; see late ABC story

Today (April 27) the Dr. Phil show examined the evidence around the Craigslist Killer. The suspect is Philip Markoff, a medical student at Boston University. (Names that end in “off” have become bad news – Madoff). I usually don’t name suspects before conviction – until the media converage is overwhelming, as it is here.

The link for the show is here but now Dr. Phil offers less material from the show online after the fact, selling DVD’s and downloadable transcripts.

A former college friend of Markoff, James Kehoe, described him as brilliant and well-adjusted.

Former prosecutor Rikki Klieman and Candace DeLong spoke to the strength of the prosecution’s case, and the unlikelihood of an insanity defense and the likelihood of jury indignation. Here was someone who “had it all.” Chris Pixley, a defense attorney from Atlanta, on the other hand, found the prosecution’s case incredible as to detail. There were questions about his “carelessness” in leaving clues on the Internet and physically.

Dr. Phil, speaking about the "double life", said that brilliance or stardom is no guarantee of character and made a comparison to O.J. Simpson. But cases like this are very rare.

The incident highlights the risk of meeting people on the Internet -- even a normal search on Markoff's "online reputation" wouldn't have turned up anything for a long time.

A story on ABC News by Yunji De Nies, Lee Ferran, and Michele McPhee have a story “Accused 'Craigslist Killer' Markoff 'Extremely Withdrawn,' But Off Suicide Watch: Murder Suspect Philip Markoff Breaks Down When Family Visits Jail, Wedding Band Canceled”, link here. So this does sound like a horrifying tragedy.

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