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Accused Craigslist killer's fiancee: He's innocent

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    Accused Craigslist killer's fiancee: He's innocent
    AP - Tuesday, 21 April 2009 3:19:06 PM

    AP The fiancee of a Boston medical school student accused of fatally shooting a woman who placed an ad on Craigslist said police have the wrong man and there is no way he could have done it.

    In an e-mail to ABC's "Good Morning America, Megan McAllister said Philip Markoff "could not hurt a fly." She called him "a beautiful person inside and out," according to the message read on the air Tuesday.

    McAllister said she and Markoff expect to be married in August "and share a wonderful, meaningful life together."

    Markoff, 22, was arrested in connection with the death of a woman last week who advertised massage services on Craigslist.

    Police have said he also may have been involved in other crimes against women who posted ads on Craigslist.

    Two of Markoff's neighbors told "Good Morning America" on Tuesday they were stunned by the accusations.

    "I can't even put it into words, the disbelief I'm feeling right now," neighbor Jonathan Uva said. "This is a great guy, I met him a few times, saw him in the hall everyday, (he) always said, 'hey how you doing Jon, what's going on.' Just a total disconnect from what we're hearing in the news."

    Another neighbor, Mike Dye, told the show he had Markoff over to his apartment complex for parties including a Super Bowl party.

    "He seemed like he was really outgoing ... just hang out with everybody. Didn't suspect anything like that."

    He very rarely talked about himself, Dye said.

    "Just a nice, normal couple. I lived right next door to him, and I would never have expected this," Uva said. "We thought they were just regular guys ... just our neighbors, like anyone else."

    Police on Monday arrested Markoff, of Quincy, in the woman's death last week at a luxury hotel. Markoff is to be arraigned Tuesday morning in Boston Municipal Court on charges of murder and unlawful possession of a firearm.

    "There may be other victims out there, and if you are, we want you to come forward," Suffolk District Attorney Daniel Conley said. "Our top priority is holding Philip Markoff accountable. He's a predator."

    Markoff is charged with killing Julissa Brisman, 26, who was found dead April 14 at the Boston Marriott Copley Place. The New York City woman advertised massage services on Craigslist and had a massage table set up in the room where she was shot Tuesday, police said.

    In addition, Markoff is charged with kidnapping and armed robbery in a separate case involving another woman he met on Craigslist.

    Police said they had long suspected that Brisman's killer was connected to a robbery at the Westin Copley Hotel in Boston.

    Authorities believe Markoff also may be connected to the attempted robbery Thursday in Warwick, R.I., of an exotic dancer who had posted an ad on Craigslist. She was held at gunpoint before her husband entered the room and her attacker fled.

    Markoff, a Boston University graduate student, was arrested by Boston police after he was stopped south of Boston on Interstate 95 in Walpole, Police Commissioner Ed Davis said at a news conference.

    Authorities said Markoff is originally from upstate New York. A Facebook profile matching Markoff's identity, including his photograph, lists him as a 2007 graduate of State University of New York-Albany and in the 2011 class at BU.

    A Boston University spokeswoman told Boston radio station WBZ-AM that Markoff had been suspended from the medical school after his arrest.