Craigslist killing suspect dead, apparent jailhouse suicide

BOSTON — A former medical student accused of killing a masseuse he met through the classified advertising website Craigslist committed suicide in the Boston jail where he was awaiting trial, authorities said Sunday.

A former medical student accused of killing a masseuse he met through the classified advertising website Craigslist committed suicide in the Boston jail where he was awaiting trial, authorities said Sunday.

Philip Markoff, 24, was found unresponsive in his cell Sunday morning in the Nashua Street Jail, the Suffolk County district attorney’s office said in an emailed statement, and he was pronounced dead at about 10:15 a.m.

“Markoff was alone in his cell, and all evidence collected thus far indicates that he took his own life,” the statement said.

Authorities will investigate to determine the facts and circumstances surrounding his death, the district attorney said.

Saturday would have been Markoff’s first wedding anniversary, but his nuptials were cancelled after his arrest.