Thursday, April 23, 2009
Internet was Killer's Undoing!
The "Craigslist Killer" was a high-tech BlackBerry addict who stalked his victims in cyberspace - and in the end, that's where cops took him down.
"We received forensic evidence, not only from the crime scenes, but also from electronic and Internet communications," said Suffolk County, Mass., Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Hickman.
After Julissa Brisman's murder, detectives in Boston and New York searched her computer and found her Craigslist massage ads.
They also found the e-mails suspect Philip Markoff sent her to set up the ill-fated April 14 rendezvous at the Boston Marriott Copley Place hotel in Boston's tony Back Bay.
Markoff sent the e-mails from an account he created just the day before.
From those e-mails, police were able to locate his Internet service provider and get an address for Markoff's apartment in Quincy, Mass.
Then they started watching him, noting how much he looked like the blond man caught on various security cameras leaving the crime scenes while nonchalantly texting on his BlackBerry.
Police also found cell phone records linking Markoff's BlackBerry to Brisman, as well as an earlier victim, Trisha Leffler.
"They followed high-tech leads and they used old-fashioned shoe leather. They connected computer IP addresses to physical locations," Conley said.
Thanks to: Laura Knight-Jadczyk -- Editor, Signs of the Times