Did Craigslist Murder Suspect Also Target Men?

04/27/2009 at 12:10 PM EDT



The case of accused Craigslist Killer Philip Markoff has taken a decidedly new turn with the admission of a male Boston corporate professional who told NBC News that, based on his own experience, Markoff used Craigslist to seek out men as well as women for sexual activites.

"I posted an ad on Craigslist under 'male for t,' which stands for 'males for transsexuals,' " said the man, who requested his name not be revealed, for fear of jeopardizing his job. "That's where he found me."

The man said Markoff, reputedly through his Yahoo email account under the name "sexaddict5385," responded to the posting under Craigslist's "Casual Encounters" with revealing photos of himself (which NBC was not able to show on TV, other than a single snapshot of a muscular bare chest) and the message, "I am a 22 y/o grad student. 6'3, 205, good build, blond/blue eyes ... let me know what else you want to see or know about me."

In a segment on Monday's Today show, NBC News correspondent Jeff Rossen said, "Philip Markoff reportedly told his Massachusetts-based family this weekend, 'There's more coming out ... Forget about me and move to California.' "

Scared Beyond Belief

It was through the photos, later released by Boston police, that the man was able to identify Markoff, 23, a clean-cut medical student who has been charged with the murder of a woman and the assault of another, both in Boston hotels.

Following Markoff's arrest, the man said, "I immediately went to the computer and typed his name in. It popped right up. I was scared like you wouldn't believe."

The man also told NBC that in emails from sexaddict5385, the sender addressed him as "babe" and wrote, "What are you into and what are your stats? What are you doing tonight?"

"He seemed like a great guy!" said the man, who corresponded with sexaddict5385 last spring and then again in January, though the two never met in person. Based on the photos that were sent, "He was very cute. I was really taken by his looks."

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