Craigslist Killer’s suicide, can it be called justice?

August 18, 2010
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North Enders throughout this neighborhood in discussions over coffee and to themselves watching the television news all had thoughts about the Craigslist Killer who apparently killed himself in his jail cell over the weekend.

How he did it doesn’t matter.

The deed has been done.

He ended his miserable life rather than face life in prison – which is where his life was heading.

Some believe he did the right thing, that ending his life was the right thing to do.

Can you imagine – here was a young man, a medical student at Boston University – with his life stretching before him like an endless dream.

But instead of taking advantage of everything positive he had going for himself, he devolved to become one of those sick and sorry souls living out sexual fantasies on the Internet – and then turning those connections into real life, real time murder and mayhem.

There are others who believe someone, anyone, should be held accountable for his suicide – and even my friend Councillor Steven Murphy has asked for an investigation into the goings on inside the lockup at the Nashua Street Jail.

I think an investigation would be a bit harsh.

Then again, pinning medals onto the shirts of those jail house officers who didn’t check Phil Markoff’s cell isn’t the right way to go, either.

Jail officers who failed to fulfill the mandate of their jobs should be suspended or fired and their managers, those above them, must also take the blame.

After all, a life was lost.

Julissa Brisman’s parents were extremely upset that their daughter’s killer took his own life and won’t stand trial for it or say he was sorry or at least let them know why he did what he did.

Markoff apparently shot Brisman, 25, three times and pistol-whipped her as well inside a Boston hotel room.

Brisman was working as an Internet masseuse.

Markoff answered her online massage ad.

I would tell Briman’s parents to believe that justice was done.

Markoff took their beloved daughter’s life.

The state never would have taken his.

The state would have fed and housed him and given him medical care for the rest of his life.

In my mind, the score was evened just a bit when Markoff did the right thing.

That’s just my feeling, and the feelings of many, many others who believe in this instance that an eye for an eye evened up the score more than any trial would have been able to do.