Accused Craigslist Killer Made 2 Foxwoods Trips: Reports

Police sources tell TV station he was at Foxwoods 2 days after Brisman slaying and Westin attack

Two days after the slaying of aspiring model and masseuse Julissa Brisman, the accused Craigslist killer went to Foxwoods and won about $5,000, police sources tell the NBC station in Boston.

It was not Philip Markoff's only trip to Foxwoods, according to reports.

He was on his way to the same casino when he was arrested. And, according to ABC News, he gambled here two days after he is accused of attacking another woman in Boston.

Markoff, a Boston med school student accused of being the "Craigslist Killer," and his fiance were heading south on Interstate 95 to Foxwoods and had a suitcase when authorities nabbed him in Walpole Monday, the Herald and Boston Globe report.

Markoff was known to be a big gambler and investigators are looking into whether money concerns tied to his gambling could have triggered the alleged violence spree, sources told the Boston Herald.

Markoff is accused in connection with the slaying of aspiring model and masseuse Brisman,  a 26-year-old stunner who was found shot dead in a posh Boston hotel room last week. He's also been linked to two other crimes, an attack on another woman at the Westin Hotel in Boston, and another woman in Warwick, R.I., both of which stemmed from Craigslist ads, police said.

Two days after the attack at the Westin Hotel, Markoff also gambled at Foxwoods, ABC News reports, citing an anonymous source who spoke to the network on condition of anonymity.

"He was en route to Foxwoods to spend the night there," Suffolk County District Dan Conley told the Globe. "The question on the nature and the extent of his gambling -- whether he is a casual, periodic gambler or a regular gambler -- I don't know the answer to that question.  ...  As we explore various motives for the robberies, gambling is certainly a motive that we will look at."

A casino spokeswoman issued a statement on behalf of the casino and Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation.

"We do not release information publicly concerning individual patrons; however, we are aware of this situation and are cooperating with the appropriate law enforcement authorities."

Markoff and his fiancee listed Foxwoods Resort Casino as one of their preferred honeymoon destinations on a wedding Website, according to newspaper reports. The posting has since been taken down.

Markoff was arraigned Tuesday, a not-guilty plea was entered on his behalf, and he is being held without bail.

Markoff's stunned fiance has come to his defense. He "could not hurt a fly," she said in an e-mail to ABC's "Good Morning America." She called him "a beautiful person inside and out."

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