A Date with Death: The Secret Life of the "Craigslist Killer"
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A Date with Death: The Secret Life of the "Craigslist Killer"

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In a luxury Boston hotel on April 14, 2009, police discovered the body of a beautiful young woman—her head battered, a bullet through her heart. Within hours, the story exploded, making headlines across the nation. The victim, a masseuse named Julissa Brisman, had advertised her erotic services on popular classified ads Web site Craigslist. A twenty-two-year-old medical s

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Jaree Francis
Not bad; I got a look into the short life of Markoff(the alleged Craigslist Killer). After the printing of the book, he apparently took his own life, likely to save himself the shame of being convicted and living a dreary, steel life. Although he had a lucrative future in the works as a BU medical student and an fully engaged fiance, he pissed it away with a thirst for mayhem. Some may say he's true obsession was gambling. He gambled literally as well as figuritively, and came up short. Most wou...more
Marsha
Philip Markoff was a twenty-two year old medical student with a very dark side. This true-crime book tells the story of how in April 2009, he responded to Craigslist ads and met with three individual women, two in Boston hotels, and one at a Rhode Island hotel, and used a gun to rob them. Trisha Leffler had been tied up and robbed at gunpoint on April 10, 2009 at the Westin Copley Place Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts. Julissa Brisman was murdered at the Copley Marriott on April 14, 2009 in Bosto...more
Tyler Thorson
The book " A Date With Death" is the true story about the Craigslist killer. His name was Philip Markoff who was a medical student and was soon to be married. The book goes through on how this bright young man, turned into a vicious killer.

I gave this book 3 star, because it kept you wanting to know more about the killer. The only bad part is that it didnt give you an ending and say if Markoff was found guilty or not.

"He had pissed a promising medical career down the drain and publicly humiliate...more
Janis Gilbert
In a luxury Boston hotel on April 14, 2009, police discovered the body of a beautiful young woman—her head battered, a bullet through her heart. Within hours, the story exploded, making headlines across the nation. The victim, a masseuse named Julissa Brisman, had advertised her erotic services on popular classified ads Web site Craigslist. A twenty-two-year-old medical student named Philip Markoff was her last-known client…





The Boston Police Homicide Unit followed a digital trail that led to Mar...more
Christy
I picked this book b/c I enjoy true life and true crime books. ♦ In a luxury Boston hotel on April 14, 2009, police discovered the body of a young woman her head battered, a bullet through her heart, SO battered that initially it was not for sure if she ...had been stabbed to death or shot. Within hours, the story exploded over media across the Nation. The victim, a masseuse named Julissa Brisman, had advertised her erotic services on the popular site Craigslist. A twenty-two-old medical student...more
Elizabeth
so I watched the movie for Jake McDorman, and I read this book hoping it would answer some questions that the movie left open. the writing in this book is very unclear at times. when you start reading it, it's written as though it's a novel (to which I think: weird, why is this in non-fiction) and then later it gets super analytical. the author goes off on several pointless tangents (this guy that Philip met once at a Burger King was this and that had to do with these things, not that Philip eve...more
Shannon
This was my first experience with one of these true crime rags, and I wasn't impressed. The author kept mentioning other cases that were distantly related or seemingly not related at all to the primary case, and because the story is so new, there was no conclusion to the book...the criminal still being in jail pending trial. Next time I'll try something by someone more noted in the true crime genre, like Anne Rule, because this book left me totally cold. It was a struggle to get through it even...more
Camille
Worst writing ever. "After Markoff's brief arraignment, he was en route to a place where he could likely give and receive as many man-on-man massages as he would like: the Nashu Street jail. If Philip Markoff was truly interested in experimenting with men, the Nashu Street jail might have been the perfect location." Okay. Wow.
David
Gives a great short look into the life of the killer. I think it could have been a little more detailed but it was still Ok. I have another book to read on this case, so i will see how it stacks up against this one.
Bob
Michele adds a great deal of depth to a story most of us remember. If you ever had any doubts as to how cold and calculating this guy was the book will erase the doubts. Great read.
Julie
Interesting. I learned new facts about the case.
Ashley Jeffers
Wow it is a scary world out there!!
John
Interesting insight on how a smart killer thinks. The book moves along quickly and keeps your interest.
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