ABC News has obtained an e-mail that was sent to "regular clients" of massage therapist Julissa Brisman that has been entered into evidence in the case against Philip Markoff, who is accused of killing her after he responded to her ad on Craigslist.
Brisman, 26, of New York City, had booked a hotel room in Boston for Sunday through Wednesday night, April 12-15, according to one of those regular clients who booked frequently with Mary Beth Simons, the New York owner of a tanning salon who once shared an apartment with Brisman.
Markoff, the accused so-called "Craigslist killer" was one of Brisman's last clients during her Boston visit.
Meanwhile, as prosecutors collect evidence in the case against Markoff, ABC News received a statement in the 23-year-old's defense from a close friend, who said Markoff has been unfairly labeled "a murderer and a menace to society" by the media. The friend declined to be identified at the request of Markoff's family.
In the statement, the friend said Markoff has endured what amounts to "a public lynching of an individual who in reality has few character flaws," but Markoff's family and friends are "keeping hope of an unbiased trial..."
Victim's Roommate Assisting Investigation
Simons is cooperating with police and helped provide the link that led Boston Police Department homicide investigators to Markoff's Quincy home after he used his real name and address to set up an email account a day before Brisman was shot three times at point-blank range and had her head bashed in, several law enforcement sources said.
The e-mail obtained by ABC News reads:
"Hi! My girlfriend Morgan, the massage therapist will be visiting Boston Monday 4/13 (available from 1pm until 11pm); Tues 4/14 from 7am-11pm; and Wed 4/15 from 7am- 12noon checkout!) She Visits only once every 1-2 months so dont miss her! Her pics are real, recent, and attached to this message. She is visiting just these couple of days and I highly recommend her! If you would like to schedule, PLEASE E-MAIL back SEVERAL TIME PREFERENCES that work for you during Morgan's window of availability and I will do my best to accommodate you. Be sure to INCLUDE YOUR PHONE NUMBER; I do not give out a contact number until you have provided yours! Kisses XOXO Morgan & Mary,"
It went on to say:
"PS- The rate is $200/hr for sensual massage inclusive of hand stress relief. Other sensual extras available and discussed in person at the time of the massage (for reasons of discretion). Incall only, not full service. PPS- we are not currently advertising or accepting new clients.. so please email and notify me personally before reffering [sic] a friend to email!"
Alleged 'Craigslist Killer' Markoff Says 'More Coming Out'
"Morgan" was the name Brisman used with her clients in Boston, the source who provided the email told ABC News.
Meanwhile, during a jailhouse visit Markoff, who is in an isolation unit under suicide watch after Suffolk County deputy sheriffs found what they said were "shoelace marks" on his neck, told his family to "forget about him."
"He told them that there 'was more coming out.' It is unclear if he meant more victims or more evidence," said a law enforcement source familiar with the visit, which was monitored by Nashua Street jail personnel.
Markoff is charged with Brisman's murder and the robbery of a second woman in Boston. He is also expected to be charged with the robbery of a third woman at a Rhode Island hotel. That woman had also advertised erotic services on Craigslist.
A law enforcement source close to the investigation told ABC News that officers recovered a semi-automatic handgun and panties belonging to Brisman in the Quincy, Mass., apartment Markoff shared with his fiancee. The gun and panties were hidden in a copy of the popular medical school textbook "Gray's Anatomy."
Bullet Casings, Restraining Ties Said to Link Markoff to Craigslist Attacks
The gun found inside Markoff's apartment is a forensic match to casings on bullets used to shoot and kill Brisman, ABC News has learned.
In addition, investigators said the plastic restraining ties used in an attack at a Holiday Inn Express in Warwick, R.I., -- on a woman who had advertised "erotic services" -- exactly match plastic ties found in Markoff's apartment.
Warwick Police Chief Col. Steve McCartney told ABC News last week that the woman who was robbed in the Holiday Inn Express was reluctant to cooperate with the investigation.