Jewish Journal


January 4, 2011

‘Craigslist Killer’ gets Lifetime after death


I missed Lifetime’s showing last night of “The Craigslist Killer.” But, based on the return of “Is Philip Markoff Jewish” to my most popular links, it looks like many Americans caught the made-for-TV movie.

The Patriot Ledger had this review:

Not missed are the disturbing tidbits, like the pistol Markoff allegedly kept inside a hollowed-out copy of “Gray’s Anatomy,” and the 16 pairs of panties (presumably belonging to his victims) he kept hidden under the mattress of the same bed he shared with McAllister.


All three of the attacks Markoff was accused of – the murder and robbery of 26-year-old masseuse Julissa Brisman at the Boston Marriott Copley Place; the robbery of 29-year-old masseuse Trisha Leffler at the Westin Copley Place; and the attempted robbery and assault on an exotic dancer in Warwick, R.I. – are graphically re-enacted for maximum salaciousness.

I don’t mean to sound like a prude, but without meaning or context those moments border on exploitation, as does the entire movie, which is clearly motivated by ratings more than any attempts to explain Markoff’s alleged crimes.

Markoff committed suicide in August, which means we’ll never know, legally speaking, whether he was the Craigslist Killer, which is how Lifetime was able to turn this movie around so quickly.

Coincidentally, I just listed this 27” Panasonic TV with built-in DVD and VCR players on Craigslist. Worth $25 to ya?

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