Monday night on Lifetime, a new movie debuted chronicling the real-life saga of Philip Markoff, also known as The Craigslist Killer. The 2 hour made-for-TV special movie tells the tale of a bright, good-looking young man whose promising aptitude in medicine as a student at Boston University, and loving relationship with his similarly talented fiancée, belied his dark turn secreting soliciting prostitutes in hotels in the Boston and Rhode Island area, before tying them up, beating some, and killing others, then robbing them of cash, clothing, and other personal effects and valuables. Following the movie, an hour-long documentary, with interviews from the actual investigators and in some cases, the surviving victims of Markoff’s crimes delve further into the tale of this twisted man.
The Craigslist Killer is the latest in a number of movies featuring real life crime or criminals from the New England area. Earlier this year, Lifetime also featured a miniseries about Clark Rockefeller, a con man who kidnapped his daughter from her mother in the Boston area in 2008. Reaching back into the Bay State’s history, in 1975, a made for TV movie starring none-other than “Bewitched” actress Elizabeth Montgomery. That movie, entitled The Legend of Lizzie Borden, told the story of the trial of accused murderer Lizzie Borden in 1893. In 1968, a movie starring Tony Curtis and Henry Fonda featured one of Massachusett’s most infamous modern-day criminals, The Boston Strangler.
The movie will continue to air on the Lifetime network, with showings on January 8th at 9PM, January 9th at 7PM, and then again at 11PM. The movie costars Jake McDorman, Agnes Bruckner, and Billy Baldwin.