Craigslist Killer Had Gambling Problem

Gambling Two Days After Brisman's Death

Police said they believe Markoff's alleged crime spree was an effort to pay off his gambling debts.

Conley said Brisman was beaten very badly and shot three times at close range.

"This was a crime of great violence," he said. "We felt it was a very dangerous man we were looking for." A source close to the investigation told ABC News that Markoff opened a line of credit at Connecticut's Foxwoods Casino last week. Two days after Brisman was murdered, sources close to the investigation said Markoff hit the casino, leaving with $5,300 in his pocket. Markoff liked to play blackjack and gambled with black $100 chips, the source said.

Markoff and his fiancee Megan McAllister had a room reserved at the Connecticut casino for this Friday and Saturday nights, a source close to the investigation said. "He always played blackjack and used black chips. He was not a high roller. But he liked to buy in for $100 or $500,'' the source said.

Markoff opened an account at the Foxwoods casino in 2008, but his visits to the casino increased "in March and April," leading the Cheryl, N.Y., native to apply for a credit line in early April, a source with knowledge of the investigation said.

"He went to Foxwoods frequently, including visits on April 2, 12 and 16,'' the source told ABC News. "On the 16th he left with $5,300 in winnings.''

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A police source close to the investigation of the Boston man charged with robbing two women he met on Craigslist and killing one says a search of Philip Markoff's house turned up guns and plastic ties, and police believe his motive in the crimes was to pay off gambling debts.

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A Boston University medical student who allegedly trolled Craigslist for robbery victims he lured to hotels may have been motivated by a gambling problem and a desire to dominate women, authorities said Tuesday as Philip Markoff was arraigned on charges of murder, kidnapping, and armed robbery.

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Authorities refused to comment on reports that Markoff might have been seeking money to pay gambling debts, but a Connecticut casino confirmed it was cooperating in the investigation.

Markoff is accused in the death of Julissa Brisman of New York City, who was found dead April 14 in a Boston hotel after being bashed in the head and shot three times.

Boston police refused to comment on reports citing unidentified law enforcement sources that Markoff was a problem gambler. But the casino said it was helping investigators.

"We do not release information publicly concerning individual patrons; however, we are aware of this situation and are cooperating with the appropriate law enforcement authorities," the casino and the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation said in a statement.

He then stole more than $800 and personal items, Hickman said.

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Craig The Herald says Markoff was known to be a big gambler and investigators are probing whether money concerns tied to his gambling may have triggered the alleged violence spree, the sources said.

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A Boston man accused of slaying a Manhattan woman he met won Craigslist, the popular online classifieds website, may have owed significant gambling debts.

Phil Markoff's motive was to rob his victims in order to pay off gambling debts, authorities said.

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"This was a brutal, vicious crime - savage, and it shows Philip Markoff is a man who is willing to take advantage of women, to hurt them, to beat them, to rob them," District Attorney Daniel Conley said Tuesday. "He probably thought he was going to get away with it. He thought he was too smart for us."

Police also say they found a semiautomatic weapon, duct tape and restraints - what prosecutors called "critical, powerful" evidence - in the couple's Quincy apartment.

Authorities refused to comment on reports that Markoff might have been seeking money to pay gambling debts, but a Connecticut casino confirmed it was cooperating in the investigation.

He was arrested Monday in Walpole, less than 20 miles southwest of Boston, as he drove with his fiancee to Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut.

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Friends described the tall, blond Mr. Markoff as an industrious student who had always excelled, but who also had a weakness for gambling and hanging out in bars.

Mr. Markoff was on his way to the Foxwoods casino with his fiancée, also a medical student, from New Jersey, and $1,000 in cash when he was arrested on Tuesday.

Kehoe, said his classmate had played a lot of poker at school with other students.

“He got into debt with the games and kept trying to win it back.”

Mr. Kehoe said that while Mr. Markoff liked parties, played a lot of video games and occasionally smoked marijuana, he was “pretty driven” to succeed.

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