Monday, August 31st, 2009

How the Surveillance Society Got the Craigslist Killer

I WOULD HAVE TOTALLY DONE HIMPhilip Markoff, the Craigslist killer, definitely one of our least favorite killers of all, gets the Maureen Orth treatment in the October Vanity Fair. What's creepy is how it points out the sheer amount of tracking in our lives. For instance, they know you're reading this website right now, at least if you're at work, you future killer! This, you know, is a great thing when you're trying to find a dude who kills people.

How extensively can you get tracked? Right down to your Camel Cash and your frequent flier miles, baby.

Markoff had about $1,600 in cash on him, and this would have been his 19th visit to Foxwoods in four and a half months. His first visit had been noted on December 8, 2008, when he signed up for the "Wampum" points awarded as perks for frequent gamblers. His presence had also been documented in the early evening of April 16, the night Melton was attacked. (Police were able to trace his Foxwoods visits by the computer records kept of his "burning Wampum.")

The other best part is how everyone is like "Oh he was just a normal guy!" Yeah, except for attempted sexual assault in college, when people had to pull him off some classmate. But I guess that's normal now.

Also there is a trannie who has naked pictures of Markoff (with his business held up against a ruler, even) and we suppose that'll hit the Internet someday. Panopticon!

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GiovanniGF (#224)

This post begs the question: Which are your favorite killers?

Gotta be Ted Bundy. He's everyone's favorite.

HiredGoons (#603)

Killer Queen.

Matt (#26)

I first read it as "you future-killer!" and thought, "WTF, why are you calling me Arnold Schwarzenegger" or whatever.

Turboslut (#1,036)

Jesus fucking christ, "wampum"? I hope the filthy lucre they get from foxwoods is adequate recompense for their souls.

I have been perusing the real estate listings and saw this property:

I want to buy it just to say I live on Minnehaha street.

Abe Sauer (#148)

I rented an apt. on Minnehaha in Minneapolis. Just a couple blocks over from Hiawatha Ave. That may be funny in CA. In MN or WI it's norm.

Abe Sauer (#148)

Meh. It's terrible. But in a nation that doesn't seem to mind having a popular team called the Redskins or a ball team mascot called Chief Wahoo, why even bother trying?

HiredGoons (#603)

"Burning Wampum."

They have a cream for that, Phil.

sox (#652)

well choire, if work decides to take a gander at my viewing activities, then i'm blaming you for how long i just spent reading that VF article. and for how creeped out i will now feel everywhere that i go.

gregorg (#30)

If I ever become a future killer, someone remind me to stop logging my position at a bodega or deli every 40 minutes via my My Coke Rewards bottle caps

SeaBassTian (#281)

“acting .. I live it .. I breathe itâ€"it’s my Passion!, FasHion ShowS (and shopping after!!), Broadway Shows, CoNcErTs, I loVe ‘SeXy TimEz’â€"Hanging out and spoiling my GorGeOuS dOg, CoCo ChAnEl! He’s the Man of my life!!”

Perhaps Markoff was completely offended by the sheer stupidity of the victim's Myspace page. In particular, the headache inducing mixed upper case and lower case font would be enough to drive anyone to snuff her out.

This so interesting! Didn't they make a movie on the Craigslist Killer? I think I remember hearing something about that.

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