Saturday, 2:15 PM
Braving media stakeout, Markoff's parents visit son in jail
(George Rizer/Globe Staff)
Richard Markoff (left), attorney John Salsberg, and Susan Haynes pushed through reporters this afternoon to enter the Nashua Street Jail.
By Michele Richinick and Jenna Nierstedt, Globe Correspondents, and Andrew Ryan, Globe Staff
The parents of accused Craigslist killer Philip Markoff ran a gauntlet of 20 reporters and photographers staking out the Nashua Street Jail this afternoon to visit their son for the first time since his arrest.
The parents, Richard Markoff and Susan Haynes, stepped out of a black sedan with tinted windows at 1:40 p.m. and ignored questions shouted by reporters as they walked up the front stairs and into the jail. They were accompanied by Markoff's attorney, John Salsberg, who addressed the media throng after escorting the parents inside.
Markoff's attorney John Salsberg
"This is difficult for them," Salsberg said, adding, "They love their son very much, they are supportive of him. That's what they would say if they are speaking to you."
This is the first time that the parents have been allowed to visit their son in jail, Salsberg said. Richard Markoff and Susan Haynes are divorced but both still live in upstate New York. When a reporter asked what Markoff's parents feared most about the visit to jail, the lawyer did not mince words.
"All of you," Salsberg said, referring to the media scrum.
A row of satellite television trucks lined Nashua Street outside the jail. A television helicopter hovered overhead. Since early this morning, cameras had been trained at the main entrance to the jail waiting for a sighting of Markoff's family or his lawyer.
The parents spent just under two hours inside the jail, emerging at 3:30 p.m. to another swarm of reporters. Markoff's attorney escorted the parents to their car, and they once again did not speak to the media.
"The parents have seen Philip," Salsberg said. "Of course they remain very concerned about him. But they would really ask that all of you respect their privacy."
Markoff's older brother, Jonathan, and his wife came to the jail for a visit after the parents, leaving after 5 p.m. They also did not speak to reporters.
Salsberg said after the brother and sister-in-law visited that "they are both very glad that they finally had a chance to see him. ... They love him dearly and they continue to remain very supportive of him."
Markoff, 23, pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to charges that include armed robbery and murder. The Boston University medical student is accused of preying on prostitutes and other women who advertised services on Craigslist.
The mother of one of Markoff's alleged victims said today that her family has been devastated by the killing of her daughter Julissa Brisman, who would have celebrated her 26th birthday today. The mother, Carmen Guzman, said in a statement that she feels "very much relieved that the man who did this is in custody and will not be able to do this horrible thing to another family."
Markoff is accused of fatally shooting Brisman on April 14 on the 20th floor of the Boston Marriott Copley Place hotel. Prosecutors allege that the New York masseuse fought back when Markoff tried to rob her.
Markoff has also been charged with armed robbery and kidnapping in a similar attack that occurred four days earlier across the street at the Westin Copley Place. Rhode Island authorities are also investigating whether he attacked a prostitute in a Warwick hotel on April 16. Markoff has not been charged in that crime.