Study Pal Recounts Close Call With Markoff

Saved by friend after Markoff slammed her against a wall
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 23, 2009 7:26 AM CDT
Study Pal Recounts Close Call With Markoff
This frame grab from a surveillance camera at the Marriott Copley on Wednesday April 15, 2009 shows a "person of interest" in attacks on two masseuses-for-hire at luxury hotels.   (AP Photo/Marriott Copley surveillance via the Boston Police Department)

A college friend of the accused Craigslist Killer says she saw hints he was dangerous—including a frightening moment of aggression—but shrugged them off, she tells the New York Daily News. The two studied together and shared the same friends; one night, walking home from a bar, Philip Markoff “pushed me up against the wall and tried kissing me,” Morgan Houston says. “I couldn't physically get him off of me.”

If a friend hadn’t come by and helped her, “I don't know what would have happened,” she said. But she chalked the situation up to alcohol and the pair stayed friends, never speaking of it.
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