Friday, April 1, 2011

Killer Shoes

On this week, you'll find several stories about newly released investigative files on the Craigslist Killer, Philip Markoff, along with links to the extensive archives on the matter. I was fascinated by this case when it was unfolding in the spring of 2009, and I'm back at it.

I thought we'd heard the end of it when Markoff committed suicide in his jail cell last summer. His crimes occurred in my neighborhood and he seemed like such an unlikely killer — a seemingly nice, normal BU medical student living with his fiancée, Megan McAllister. So I was curious read the transcript of Markoff's initial interview with the police, and I even more interested to read his fiancée's interview transcript. She had no idea of what was going on, although this didn't stop her from emailing ABC News to claim that the Boston Police were trying to frame Philip, who "could not hurt a fly!" Ah, love.

For me, the most striking thing about her interview was her insistence that her fiancé would never wear the shoes he was, in fact, wearing in surveillance images. The police showed her a few photos, taken before or after Markoff's attacks on women, including the murder of Julissa Brisman at the Marriott Hotel in Copley Place.

"He wears New Balance sneakers 99 percent of the time," McAllister said. However, his victim's blood was on these shoes, which he was wearing when he was arrested:
markoff both feet.jpg

Here's some of the discussion in her transcript:

Lieutenant Detective Merner: Have you noticed if he has any new shoes?

Ms. McAllister: He does not have new shoes. I monitor all his shoes.

Lt. Det. Merner:  You what?

Ms. McAllister:  I pick out all his shoes.

Lt. Det. Merner:  You monitor them.

Ms. McAllister:  Yeah. I've seen them. I looked — you know, like I see in the apartment. The ones that I don't like, I hide from him, so I mean, like I know where all of his shoes are, basically.

I know just what she means, although the detective seems a little unclear: I feel pretty much the same way about my husband's shoes. While I don't exactly "monitor" him or his shoes, I do exhort him not to buy ugly ones. He sometimes does anyway.  In fact, he has this pair of Eccos with a similar design in that same icky color. No bloodstains, as far as I know — but from now on, they will always remind me of the killer's shoes.

It's time to move on. I will try again to persuade him to give them to Goodwill.

1 comment:

  1. OK, just lost an hour of my life I'll never get back, but I had to read her was the shoes that pulled me in and the clueless fiancee.

    But I understand about monitoring a guys shoes, and hiding the ones you don't like and buying them gifts of ones you do, but am not surprised the detectives were clueless, I mean, we girls are nothing if not surreptitious in the shoe area...


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