Did Craigslist Killer Store Victims' Panties Under His Bed?
New details in mounting case against Philip Markoff paint disturbing picture.
BOSTON, April 28, 2009 — -- As the case against accused Craigslist killer Philip Markoff mounts, police sources have released new details about the investigation, including how Markoff allegedly kept the underwear of his victims under the bed where he and his fiancee slept.
Police sources told ABC News that they also found the gun used to kill 26-year-old Julissa Brisman under Markoff's bed during a search of his Quincy, Mass., apartment.
ABC News has previously reported that weapon and the purloined panties had been hidden in a hollowed-out medical textbook, "Gray's Anatomy." Sources confirmed to ABC News that the book was simply slipped under couple's bed.
But one thing they have not been able to find, they said, is Markoff's laptop.
Markoff is next due in court May 21. He's accused of killing Brisman in an upscale Boston hotel and of binding and robbing another woman in a nearby hotel days earlier. Police sources also told ABC News that it appears Brisman may have slipped free of the plastic ties used to restrain her before she was shot three times at close range.
On Monday, Markoff's fiancee, Megan McAllister, broke her silence to say she would continue to stand by her man.
Through her new attorney, Robert Honecker Jr., McAllister released a statement in which she thanked friends and family for their support andexpressed sympathy for "all of those afflicted by these events."
"I also love my fiance, and I will continue to support him throughout this legal process," she said.
McAllister added that she did not recognize the man she had seen in the media reports about Brisman's murder and the alleged attacks and robberies of two others, one in Boston and one in Warwick, R.I.
"What has been portrayed and leaked to the media is not the Philip Markoff that I know," she said in the statement. "To me and my family, he is a loving and caring person, and in the eyes of the law and the Constitution, he is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
"I just can only hope that the criminal justice system will not be overwhelmed and persuaded by what is being put forth in the media. My fiance's fate should not rest in the court of public opinion, but rather in a court of law."
McAllister said she would cooperate with Markoff's attorney "as well as the Suffolk County district attorney's office as they both continue their investigation."
"I can only tell them what I know and what is the truth," she said in the statement. "I will expect that these discussions will occur within the next several days."
The statement Monday was McAllister's first comment on the case since she sent an e-mail to "Good Morning America" last week saying Markoff "could not hurt a fly" and that he is "a beautiful person, inside and out."