Creepy Lifetime Movie About Masseuse's Murder

Last night Lifetime aired "The Craigslist Killer," based on the story of med student Phillip Markoff's murder of Julissa Brissman, a masseuse he met online. The station waited a whole year and a half after Brissman's death and 5 months after Markoff's suicide before giving the case the melodramatic "Lifetime Original Movie" treatment.

Kristin Davis, a former "madam" who says she knew Brissman, knocked the movie for ignoring Markoff's victims (he also robbed several women he met through Craigslist).

Lifetime did not even name the real victim. Her name is Julissa Brissman, and she was my friend and former employee. She was a sweet girl, albeit troubled but working through those troubles and trying to make a better life for herself. She did not deserve to die."

At the time, the case sparked a media panic about the alleged dangers of Craigslist, helping build pressure that eventually led the online classifieds to shutter their adult services section -- a move that many sex worker advocates say puts women in more danger by forcing them to move to shadier venues.

AlterNet / By Tana Ganeva

Posted at January 4, 2011, 12:32pm

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