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Book sheds light on suspect in Craigslist killing

“Seven Days of Rage,” a new book about a man accused of killing a masseuse he met through Craigslist, includes an account by a Las Vegas woman allegedly robbed at gunpoint by him.
/ Source: TODAY staff and wire

A new book about a man accused of killing a masseuse he met through Craigslist includes an account by a Las Vegas woman allegedly robbed at gunpoint by him.

“Seven Days of Rage: The Deadly Crime Spree of the Craigslist Killer,” was written about Philip Markoff by Boston Globe reporter Maria Cramer and Paul LaRosa, a producer for the CBS newsmagazine "48 Hours."

Trisha Leffler spoke in the book and a Sept. 19 "48 Hours Mystery" broadcast about her encounter at a Boston hotel with a man who responded to an ad she posted in the erotic-services section of Craigslist.

Leffler says the man tied her up in her room, robbed her and took two pairs of her underwear.

Markoff, a second year-medical student at Boston University is accused of targeting women who advertised exotic services on Craigslist. On June 23, 2009 he pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and six other charges.

He is accused of killing masseuse Julissa Brisman of New York at another Boston hotel. Proscecutors said they traced an e-mail address used to set up an appointment wih Brisman to Markoff. Authorites also said he was the man seen on surveillance video near where Brisman was found and where a woman was robbed in Rhode Island.

Markoff is also suspected in the attempted robbery in Warwick, R.I., of a stripper who had posted an ad on Craigslist. She was held at gunpoint before her husband entered the room.

Prosceutors believe Markoff set out on his prowl in Feburary, when he bought some prepaid cell phones and used the driver's license of an upstate New York man named Andrew Miller to buy a semiautomatic handgun in a New Hampsire gun store.

When Markoff's apartment was searched investigators found the gun, magazines, cell phones, plastic ties, a laptop, as well as four pairs of women's panties, which were stuffed in a sock and hidden between the matress and a box spring. It is believed that they are apparent trophies from his victims.