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Exclusive: Craigslist Still Posting Ads That Led To Murder

Apr. 25 2009, Updated 12:07 p.m. ET

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The type of ad that led to at least two attacks, including one murder, are still plentiful and being posted regularly on Craigslist, has discovered.

Philip Markoff, dubbed the “Craigslist Killer,” faces multiple charges, including murder, for attacks against two women. A report Saturday says police have linked him to a third attack.

Markoff met his victims, cops say, through “Craigslist” postings for massage services, under the heading “erotic services.”

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A look through the site Saturday morning shows that it’s still packed with these ads – even in the city of Boston, Markoff’s base. More than 40 similar-type ads had been posted Saturday morning before 10 o’clock. A huge number of similar ads from previous days also were on the site. discovered that despite the fact Markoff is alleged to have killed one woman at a hotel meeting, new ads are popping up regularly on Craigslist, advertising “erotic massages,” “services” and other “intimate” encounters. Many of the ads have phone numbers, costs and indicate that the women will travel to a specified location, the same way that Julissa Brisman met Markoff in a hotel before he shot and killed her.

The founder of Craigslist, Craig Newmark, told Nightline that his site does not facilitate prostitution. And the site’s CEO Jim Buckmaster wrote: “I would not describe any section of our site as 'sex related,'" in an email response to the Boston Globe.

Yet found lots of evidence to the contrary. Excerpts from newly posted ads Saturday morning include:

“Rates 1/2 hour incall 100 1 hour incall 150 outcalls are 250…I am a hot blonde looking to please all your needs.”

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*SPECIAL MASSAGE..... Please ask for Tiffany at (number redacted)


* I am available any time (with rates and phone number).

Perhaps most opportunistic was one ad that featured a woman dressed as a cop and directed people not to risk getting arrested by responding to a Craigslist ad – and instead advertised a dating service.

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