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Primetime Show Reviews
Craigs List Killer"
review by Suzanne
Airs Monday, January 3, 2011, at 9PM ET/PT on Lifetime
The Craigslist Killer is a good suspense story, the kind that
Lifetime does very well. It's based on a true story of a guy who met women for
sex on that famous web site and then killed them. They do a good job of showing
the killer and his girlfriend, and letting us peek a little bit into his psyche
(as to why he is a killer). It is a good story, which is fortunate for them,
with a beginning, middle and end. My only complaint would be that it would be
nice to have a little more character development for all of the people in the
story. I guess they only had so much time, and they concentrated most of their
time on the killer.
The acting is very good. It stars Jake McDorman, whom I've never seen before, as
the killer Markoff. He is outstanding in the role as a medical student with lots
of secrets. Agnes Bruckner (whom you may know from 24 or Grey's Anatomy) plays
his clueless-yet-devoted girlfriend Megan. Daniel Baldwin is completely
under-cast as the police detective who investigates the murders. They should
have given him more to do.
See, I think the media played this internet angle up because that's what shocks
people. However, he was not meeting "regular" women on there. He was meeting
prostitutes. So in that sense he is no different than any other serial killer
who murders prostitutes. The whole Craig's List angle was pretty meaningless.
I'm sure he went on plenty of porn and dating web sites, not just that one. What
makes the story interesting is not the internet angle, but the fact that this
seemingly clean-cut, brilliant guy, who seemed to have the ideal life, really
had this dark life full of secrets, lies, and death. Aside from hinting that he
wasn't close to his family, and that he felt he didn't deserve his girlfriend,
they don't really answer the question as to why he acted this way...maybe they
felt the answer is beside the point, since he's clearly a nutjob.
It is an interesting and compelling story. If you like shows like "Criminal
Minds" then you should enjoy this movie. It has a good ending that will not
disappoint. It's very seldom that you will find a real life story with such a
neat and tidy ending, like they usually have on fictional TV shows.
Jake McDorman (Greek,
Live Free or Die Hard), Agnes Bruckner (Private Practice, 24)
and William Baldwin (Parenthood, Gossip Girl) star in the gripping
Lifetime Original Movie The Craigslist Killer,
premiering Monday, January 3, 2011, at 9PM ET/PT. Based
on a true story, the movie tells the story of the shocking double life led by
Philip Markoff, the handsome Boston University medical student and National
Honor Society member accused of killing a New York masseuse he found through
classified ads on the popular website.
following the movie at 11PM ET/PT, Lifetime will premiere an all-new hour-long
documentary, Beyond the Headlines: Catching the Craigslist
Killer. The program includes
interviews with people who knew Markoff and his victims, as well as
investigators and prosecutors who speak on camera about the case for the very
first time. They tell the story of Markoff’s past and his murderous seven-day
crime spree and delve into what caused him to commit suicide a year later.
follows the dark, mysterious life Markoff (McDorman) carried online while
preparing for a promising future as a doctor and a life of happiness with his
fiancée Megan McAllister (Bruckner). Seemingly destined for greatness as one of
Boston University’s brightest med students, Markoff could do no wrong in the
eyes of Megan, his friends, fellow students and professors. But hidden from
those close to him was the violent wrath only he and his victims knew –
beginning with his alleged April 14, 2009, first-degree murder of a masseuse who
advertised her services on Craigslist. When police
discover the brutal killing and a number of other attacks on women were all
connected to advertisements placed on Craigslist, their
investigation ultimately leads them to Markoff. Baldwin portrays the lead
detective investigating the case.
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