Let me start by saying I understand why Megan McAllister, the fiancee of accused Craigslist killer Philip Markoff,, is defending him. Face it, most of us, if confronted with accusations that our beloved was killing people and/or robbing them to pay gambling debts, would be in denial as well. If someone immediately said, “Oh well of course he did. That’s my crazed psychopath, right there! Isn’t he cute?” then that person should probably be taken to a mental health facility post-haste.
So the media is bombarding her, and she wants to defend him. But I think she lacks an understanding of how non-tabloid media works, because her defense is just bizarre.
“Philip has not been convicted,” McAllister wrote in an email to PEOPLE. “A policeman who wished to make money off this story sold it to countless companies. Philip is a beautiful man inside and out and did not commit this crime. Unfortunately, somebody else did and needs to be penalized. Philip was set up and you are wrong to be asking me for stories.”
Generally, police do not “sell” stories. Because first off, any police officer who was found accepting money from a media outlet for a story would be fired in about five seconds. More importantly, things like criminal arrest are not things you could sell, as they are public information. Anyone should be able to walk into the police department or wherever and look at arrest reports. Law enforcement could try to hold back some of that, but that would lead to Freedom of Information Act requests or even challenges in court, and honestly, I have never heard of police refusing to give out info on an arrest because they’re selling something on the story to “countless companies.” Any newspaper worth the paper its printed on wouldn’t accept money for a story like this either. Star Magazine, maybe. But this is a bit different in nature from a story about a politician having a love-child. A tabloid might pay a family member for some “exclusive” interview about this case, but that would be the extent of it.
Maybe Markoff told his fiancee that was the case. Maybe she’s being manipulated by him, and has been for a while. I don’t know. None of us do. I do have a feeling that the more the media pushes, and the more she’s called crazy for sticking with him, the more it’s going to push her toward him, regardless of any evidence police have on him. The wedding is set for August, but if this keeps up, it wouldn’t surprise me if there’s a jailhouse wedding or something. Even when someone is convicted, it takes a long time for their loved ones to fully grasp what they’ve done. Some never do. Go to a local jail during visiting hours, and I bet you’d find at least a few relatives there who are convinced that their son or daughter was wrongly convicted, even in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary (some people are wrongly convicted, of course, but that’s a subject for another time and place).
Also, the media doesn’t need to call her a “blonde beauty” unless they would also be willing to describe someone as an “ugly redhead who should guard her face from public consumption through the usage of a paper sack.” While I understand the impulse to dig into this story, I am also not sure that “Oh yeah he was a great person/bully/kind of quiet in high school” narratives add much to this. Because you know what? Sometimes seemingly nice people do crappy and felonious things to others. And sometimes seemingly mean and hateful people don’t.