The accused Craigslist killer, NBC News has learned, may have been soliciting men as well as women for sexual encounters through the online classified service.
NBC News’ Jeff Rossen reported Monday on TODAY that a Boston professional, who asked to remain anonymous out of fear that he could lose his job, reported contacting Philip Markoff via Craigslist.
“I posted an ad on Craigslist under ‘male for t,’ which stands for ‘males for transsexuals,’ ” the man said. “That’s where he found me.”
‘I was scared’
The man said Markoff replied to the ad by writing: “I am a 22 y/o grad student. 6'3, 205, good build, blond/blue eyes ... let me know what else you want to see or know about me.” The man said Markoff addressed him as “babe.” In one e-mail, the person the man identified as Markoff wrote: “What are you into and what are your stats? What are you doing tonight?”
Sources report that Markoff sent the e-mail from a Yahoo! address registered to “sexaddict5385.” He said that Markoff sent him pictures, many of them explicit, which is how he recognized Markoff when Boston police arrested the medical student on charges of murdering one woman and assaulting and robbing another in swank Boston hotels. Markoff also has reportedly been connected to an attempted robbery in a Warwick, R.I., hotel.
“I immediately went to the computer and typed his name in,” the man told Rossen. “It popped right up. I was scared like you wouldn't believe.”
Markoff was engaged to be married to a New Jersey woman, Megan McAllister, but The Boston Herald is reporting that their planned August nuptials have been canceled. McAllister, who said on a Web site that had been set up for the wedding that she met Markoff while both were volunteering at a hospital as undergraduates at the University at Albany-SUNY, has not commented since sending ABC’s “Good Morning America” an e-mail after Markoff’s arrest that said he “would not hurt a fly.” Markoff’s family has also supported him.