The apparent suicide of alleged "Craigslist Killer" Philip Markoff this morning would represent at least the third time an inmate has killed himself in a Suffolk County jail in the past decade.
In November 2003, a 22-year-old Boston man was found dead in his cell at the Suffolk County House of Correction in an apparent hanging, according to the Suffolk district attorney's office.
A district attorney spokesman said at the time that the man, Michael Ivy, hanged himself with a jacket.
Ivy was being held on $5,000 bail after being indicted in March on gun charges and the violation of a restraining order.
Two months earlier, a 20-year-old Revere man committed suicide at the Nashua Street Jail in Boston by hanging himself with a bedsheet, according to the Suffolk County sheriff's office.
Rolf Fischer had been arrested on domestic assault and battery charges.
Markoff, 24, was pronounced dead at 10:17 this morning. He was alone in his cell and evidence collected thus far indicates that his death was a suicide, according to Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis and Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley.
Markoff, who was awaiting trail in the slaying of Julissa Brisman, was placed on suicide watch shortly after his arrest a week after the murder in April 2009 but Steven Tompkins, a spokesman for the Suffolk County Sheriff's Office, said this morning that he was no longer under a suicide watch at the time of his death.
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