2009 Shows

What would drive a young man with a bright and promising future to allegedly commit such a brutal crime? Dr. Phil goes behind the headlines and takes a look inside the life of the accused Craigslist killer Philip Markoff. He speaks to a close college buddy of the Boston University medical student and also hears from a photographer who had worked with Julissa Brisman, the murdered woman who advertised her masseuse services on Craigslist. What does the hotel surveillance footage reveal on the night Julissa was shot? Plus, Markoff's fiancée claims that the clean-cut student couldn't have committed such a heinous act. Dr. Phil deconstructs a case that has shocked the country. You don't want to miss this riveting show! Join the discussion.

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Replied By: dirtlifter3 on May 7, 2009, 9:54PM - In reply to djspear1
I can not imagine your pain but I am certian you are still insane over this. I hope you are not alone and have some kind of support since you found out and at the present time. I will think of you and pray for you. I really mean it.
Replied By: dirtlifter3 on May 7, 2009, 9:51PM
It took me so long to respond about the Craigs List Killer. This photo is what I feel about what he and the killer of little Saundra Cantu deservers. Living 15 min away from Tracy, Ca I was there in the crowd. My insides were and still are torn up. I am already a messed up person from my own sick and devestating childhood. This is still hurting people here in Manteca, Ca where I live. It is still on everyones lips. The children in my Apt. complex are still scared and still grieving. We are supposed to be a Civilized Society but check out other countries where and when this kind of thing happens. Justice is swift and the punishment indeed fits the crime. Why are we so soft on killers of children and preditors on the internet? So what if the women were prostitutes, they were still HUMAN BEINGS!! None of us know what there situation or circumstances were at that time. Dr. Phil Was Dead on when he stated, that just because someone LOOKS clean cut and and upstanding citizen, a piller in a community, that means nothing!!
My stepfather was a preacher and so was my mother but my stepfather was the DEVIL telling people on Sunday how not to sin and every chance he got he was in my Sister Eunice's underwear and mine. We were only 8&11 years old!!! He did not LOOK like a preditor, But he was pure evil and mothers are silent even when THEY KNOW what is happening to their little girls. The preditor has no specific look or character. Watch your own family for preditors and admit. Children have to grow up one day, What will they turn out to become once these things have happened. How do they get help? Who do they trust to tell? Shame, Depression, Drugs, Suicide and feeling as an outcast. I am 52 as of the 15th and I hate myself to this day. I say lets go back a little to the dark ages and punish these bastards a little harsher than jail. Tourture I believe in strongly.
Replied By: djspear1 on May 4, 2009, 7:47PM
I was married to a serial killer that is now in prison for life.  There are so many things that you see but think nothing of at the time but in hind sight was a red flag.  He has a very high IQ and was very clean, neat, and organized.  I knew my husband since the 7th grade and starting going steady  and married him when I was 17.
Replied By: kate13477 on May 2, 2009, 8:27AM - In reply to emkemk
does the name casey anthony ring a bell ?
Replied By: whohoot on Apr 28, 2009, 1:34PM
I wish that I had been able to understand your list on grief in 2005/2006. I was so unaware that I was grieving that when I received my inheritance from my fathers estate that I plunged so deep into drugs that I used every dime of the 100,000.00 I got .During this downward spiral i Lost the home that I was living in, was busted and put in the paper as having a stash house. I was put in jail under 100,000.00 bond and remained there till my court date I hired a attorney that I had known for many years and was released from jail with 6 months intense probation and 2 years supervised (I think). The reason I dont remember is I was in a fog.  Once I was released I went straight to my drug friends and picked up right where I left off.  I never passed the first urine test, and was facing prison. I had had my home vandalised and lost all my items that I had collected over the years and did not care. I, with the help of my children paid cash for me another home, right before I put myself in treatment. During treatment I met another addict and we started dating once we both were released. Now I understand what is meant by the saying do not date other addicts. When he relapsed so did I. I went and took the money off the house and went on a drug craze and had that money spent in less than one month. Needless to say I went to prison. Your presentation at the end of the show really hit the nail on the head. I just wish that someone had stepped in and helped me to realize that I was trying to drown my grief and anger in a very destructive way. I am lucky I am still alive to write this. there are alot of people just like me that havent had their eyes opened and wondering whats going on ,if they have the ability to think. I have now dealt in the process of accepting alot in my life and now on top of the problems that I created with alot of help, I now have a added stress, PTSD from the shock of prison. I hope that this may help someone that knows someone that is battling these issues and that this may ring a bell to look into  the people you love that may be acting a little withdrawn. reach out and investigate before they really hurt themselves. Please take the time
Replied By: kathleen27 on Apr 28, 2009, 11:37AM - In reply to maryishopeful
That book, THE SOCIOPATH NEXT DOOR, is a must read to live your life with some awareness. I agree that she was in love with someone who did not really exist, yet he convinced her that he did.  She has a long, rough road ahead of her, but again, better now than in 12 years with children.
Sad part is that some of these sociopaths will convince you, and everyone else, that they are the sane ones...the victims...the good people.  Whatever role they choose to assume, they do it very well.  Often, they cause you to doubt yourself, because they are sooo good, how could I even THINK otherwise?  Then, the "normal" one begins to think that he or she is crazy, when nothing could be further from the truth.
Sociopathy is almost impossible to treat, because, as you have so well pointed out, they feel no remorse.  Therapy is a wonderful tool, but it cannot make anyone grow or develop a conscience. Also, many therapists, initially, are fooled by a sociopath.  Without  seeing daily social interactions of these individuals, the therapist is hearing lies that the sociopath has come to either believe them as truth, or has just created a false reality, like writing a script.
This case is sadly one of extreme magnitude.  Many sociopaths function on a daily basis and the damage that they do is far less dramatic.  They all, in some way, destroy a piece of anyone who comes too close. I doubt there is a person in existence who hasn't known a sociopath, and truly never became aware.
I feel deeply for all of the innocents involved in this tragic situation.
Replied By: luvrules on Apr 28, 2009, 11:25AM
I'd like to know if people are taking responsibility and flagging the prostutition-like "adverts" they read from Craigslist? We all have to report on this now as responsible citizens. In England, it is actually A CRIME NOT TO REPORT suspected wrong-doing or ciminal activities.

Prostitution is illegal in CA, NY, and "almost every" state in the US, but its like smoking dope, most just look the other way and even police and authorities don't do much about it because they cannot keep up with the technology. The online crimes divisions at your local PD are overwhelmed already. We as a society all have to stand up against this otherwise its going to keep getting worse - the online crime is now already out of control Megan is just another victim, but there are tons more that go un-reported everyday now.

 Boycott Craiglist, and/or report these prostitution adverts as they are representing and illegal and illicit activity in most of the US.

BECOME AN ACTIVIST! There are many now fighting this, you can even catch ASHTON KUCHER TWITTERING AGAINST SEXUAL SLAVERY AND EXPLOITATION ON HIS WEBSITIE! Julia Ormond has a website on this also along with many others - get aware and pass it on and do not participate in the rampant sexexploitation we are seeing everywhere online now on tons of sites, not just Craigslist -but they are becoming the example!



Replied By: luvrules on Apr 28, 2009, 11:12AM
...Because no one is talking about it enough.

Boycott Craiglist till they take off the link...

to their "Erotic Services" section. IF the link was not provided by Craiglist many illicit illegal activiites would be halted. Craiglist is making it too easy for this kind of access, and they exclusively control their site homepages, and the code that allows these links. In effect, they are not only condoning this, they are providing a venue for this, and that in itself is illegal. Prostitution is a crime against humanity. And it is a worldwide problem.

The First Amendment does not protect obscenity.


General Anti-sex industry Resources:






Do not date or befriend those who use pornography or prostitutes.



Hardcore History Lessons:

. I think there is a way to stop the train wreck, but its going to take changes and discipline and higher level of conscious understanding and sensitivity from our food to our water to our sexuality.
http://www.stoppornculture.org/home.html - Pass this link & Info on!!!http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=5003155114018800220&q=gail dines


A Man Speaks Against Pornography



It's just hard to believe that in the time of HIV/AIDS people are callous about having random sex and using sex industry services.

The CDC has reported the every 10 persons in Washington DC is now HIV positive. The CDC is also reporting that 1 in 5 adults have an STD and 99% of us has some strains of HPV, now the main cause of cervical cancer and potentially other cancers such as testicular cancer in men.


CONDOMS DO NOT STOP HPV. Having more sex partners increases exposure to more strains, which overwhelms the immune. CONDOMS DO NOT STOP IT. You are exposed to each person a partner had, which makes having a sexual past history important. HPV has recently been related in research to cancers in both men and women.

"Doing Dirt to women and children in porn is no way to prove your manhood." - Founder of Men Against Pornography

Avoid intimacy with those who are casual, who pay for sex industry services, or who lie. Wherever women/children are for sale and men are desensitized, life is cheap. If they do it to others, they'll do it to you. Take the NO PORN PLEDGE, OneAngryGirl Net.

"Bring me a HIGHER LOVE." Steve Winwood ONE ANGRY GIRL supporter, AntiPornBlog supporter

Please visit:




http://www.southendpress.org/2007/items/87767here to to Robert Jensen's discussion of the reach and impact of pornography in US society...Paraphrasing from Robert Jensen:

"Porn is used to get men in the mood to kill - military Connection."

"Pornography and the death of empathy : men are being trained to ignore the experiences and feelings of women. Women in pornography are systematically subjected to cruelty and humiliation. This is a death of empathy. This plays out in public contexts all the time. Its a serious problem in this culture. In a predatory corporate capitalist system, we have to constantly struggle to reconnect as human beings."


Paraphrasing From Dr. Gail Dines Women's Studies at Wheelock U: 'What does democracy look like when a handful of corporations control the cultural discourse? What does it mean to talk about Free Speech in a society where 30 seconds of speech costs $330, 000 in prime time? Free Speech is now the most expensive commodity in our media driven, corporate society. In a media culture (Howard Stern driven) the only way to be heard is through access to this media …We are only as good as our culture. The pornographers have hijacked this culture, and they did it without a battle. But there comes a time when we must ask: At what point can society no longer tolerate this? We cannot hand this culture over anymore. We all deserve better than a porn-culture. It's time we really fight back. And its time that we no longer get sold on this shallow argument that we are against free speech, when we are take a stand against pornography and sexualized violence against women and children and ultimately men too.' - Women's Studies Professor, Gail Dines PhD




Men who pay desperate or drug addicted girls for sex online, are sick and predatory.

Replied By: emkemk on Apr 28, 2009, 7:11AM
There is way to much publicity on this guy.   They won't be able to pick a Jury.
ANd they will claim he won't be able to get a fair trial.     EMK
Replied By: housewife52 on Apr 28, 2009, 5:51AM - In reply to fenwayfrank
I think "young " is the key word here. When I was much younger, I was a lot more fearless than I am now. The young woman who was murdered had probably had numerous successful meetings with other men prior to meeting up with Markoff. She was offering a service for a price, and I'm sure she had a clientele who were interested in her services.  I'm so sad for her and her family that she met up with Markoff. She IS a victim and he' s a criminal. As we get older, we tend to change and be a bit more cautious in our dealings with strangers.

I did a really stupid thing when I was about 14 years old. My 2 brothers and I, (12 and 11) were walking on a country road near our house and a total stranger came along on a motorcycle and asked me if I wanted to go for a ride. I hopped on the back of that motorcycle like I'd known the guy all my life. He took me for a short ride and nothing happened to me. As the motorcycle was  getting further away from my brothers, it did occur to me, " This may not have been a good idea, this guy might kill me or something", so I didn't really enjoy the ride. I was very fortunate. In the years since, I have often thought about that day and how stupid I was. The guy tried to get my brothers to go for a ride too, but they refused.

In the interval between then and now, I have thought about how it must feel for a young girl or boy to do something spontaneous like that and have it end badly. I think about the murdered girl and how frightened she must have been to know she was going to die. Sometimes caution comes with years and unfortunately she'll never get any older.
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