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The Craigslist Killer

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In America there are numerous killers that have shocked the nation, but one killer in particular had the world completely dumbfounded. It was the ‘Craigslist Killer’ who would have many people asking questions and wondering why a soon to be graduate from medical school would commit such evil acts. With graduation right around the corner and wedding plans to make with his fiancé, he seemed to have the world at his feet. So who is the ‘Craigslist Killer’? Philip Markoff, also known as the ‘Craigslist Killer’, was born February 12, 1986. He grew up in Sherrill, New York, outside of Syracuse. He was the son of a dentist and of an educator-turned casino worker. Markoff attended Vernon-Sherrill Central School, where he was on the bowling team, history club and youth court and also a part of the National Honor Society. After high school, Markoff enrolled at the University of Albany, also acknowledged as SUNY, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology. At SUNY he met pre-med student Megan McAllister while volunteering at a nearby medical center emergency room (Source 1). McAllister was a senior and Markoff was a sophomore when the two started dating in 2005 (Source 1). Three years later Markoff proposed to McAllister during a romantic carriage ride in Connecticut in May 2008 (Source 5). Their wedding service was to be at Long Island, New Jersey, on a beach with a wedding party of 19 containing two ring-bearers and three flower girls on August 14, 2009 (Source 4). Little did McAllister know that a few months before her dream wedding, her then fiancé would be nicknamed the ‘Craigslist Killer’ and be convicted of multiple assaults and murder.

Craigslist is a centralized network of online communities, featuring free online classified advertisements with sections devoted to jobs, housing, and personals, for sale, services, community, gigs, résumés, and discussion forums. Markoff’s obvious favorite advertisements where those in the erotic category. The erotic...