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Technology helped nab suspected 'Craigslist Killer'

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - Technology played a key role when it came to nabbing a former Sherrill native and suspected Craigslist killer Philip Markoff.

Earlier this year, Boston medical student and former Sherrill native Philip Markoff was arrested and charged with murder and armed robbery. The 23-year-old allegedly used the erotic services page of Craigslist to find and rob his victims.

Monday morning on The Today Show, Vanity Fair's Maureen Orth was interviewed on just how the case was solved and how Markoff was arrested...

Orth says that investigators were basically able to track Markoff's "digital footprints." That is, authorities were able to watch every mouse click that Markoff made.

She says that sort of investigative work is critical in a case like this one but adds that when it comes to actually finding their suspect, they had to go back to the basics, " the only time that they did any old fashioned police work was a stakeout at Markoff's apartment because he had been on a WiFi wireless network and there were several people who could have been that person."

Markoff is facing multiple charges in the case. His trial is set to begin next June.

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