EXCLUSIVE: Woman Who Escaped the Craigslist Killer

Apr. 22 2009, Published 8:30 a.m. ET

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As Philip Markoff awaits the continuation for his trial as the lead “Craigslist Killer” suspect, new details about one of his alleged victims have surfaced. On April 10, four days before the killer murdered a masseuse in Boston, he targeted twenty-nine year old Las Vegas prostitute Trisha Leffler, robbing her at gunpoint for her debit card, $800 in cash, and $250 in American Express gift cards.

Leffler was a familiar face on the nightlife sex trade scene and was open about her profession, writing on her Twitter page on April 7 that she was, “In Raleigh North Carolina...waiting on men, again!” Traveling for work another time, she was allegedly attacked by Markoff at a Westin Copley Place hotel in Boston where he bound her to the bed. Leffler immediately pointed to Markoff as her attacker after seeing the surveillance photos released by police.

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“I hope he will be behind bars for the rest of his life,” she said. “I just complied with everything he wanted me to do. I didn’t resist him in any way, and that’s why she survived.”

A source told ABC News on Wednesday that investigators searching Markoff’s apartment found panties belonging to two alleged victims.

Since the incident, Leffler has been keeping a low profile despite the onslaught of attention. “My nightmare is OVER!” she recently wrote on her MySpace page.



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