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

3.1  ·  Rating Details ·  108 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published May 25th 2010 by St. Martin's True Crime (first published May 19th 2010)
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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 ...more
Marsha
Dec 03, 2011 Marsha rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Tyler Thorson
Oct 08, 2012 Tyler Thorson rated it liked it
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
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Janis Gilbert
Aug 28, 2013 Janis Gilbert rated it it was ok
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
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Christy
Apr 28, 2011 Christy rated it really liked it
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
Shannon
Mar 31, 2011 Shannon rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Elizabeth
Dec 16, 2012 Elizabeth rated it it was ok
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 ...more
Camille
Mar 10, 2013 Camille rated it it was ok
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.
Summer C
Jan 24, 2016 Summer C rated it it was amazing
I couldn't help but read this when my fiance finished it (both are Bostonians). Quick read, lots of sensationalism, not the most intellectual piece out there. The ending is very interesting though considering Markoff's very recent suicide.
David
Dec 26, 2011 David rated it really liked it
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.
Rita
Jan 25, 2016 Rita rated it really liked it
Shelves: brutal, bully, craigslist
I enjoyed this book and it was a very good read. Unfortunately for the author there wasn't much about the girlfriend's family and her life growing up as I love reading all the details. I recommend it.
Rini Cobbey
Aug 17, 2015 Rini Cobbey rated it it was ok
no apparent editor. book covers all the details of the case, and then repeats them about four times, amidst self-indulgent petty political sidetracks. helpful re details. weak as book.
John
Aug 27, 2010 John added it
Interesting insight on how a smart killer thinks. The book moves along quickly and keeps your interest.
Holly
Aug 31, 2014 Holly rated it it was ok
Although it's interesting, the author puts in so much misc. info that is just not needed, such as the history of the politics in Boston. Don't care.
Bob
Aug 31, 2013 Bob rated it it was amazing
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.
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Shelves: boston
He committed suicide in his cell, on August 15, 2010, after this book was published
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