Irish American women stand by 'Craigslist killer' fiancee
Surprising number say they'd back troubled fiance
Megan McAllister a 'sweet Irish girl'... Click here for story
Megan McAllister is standing by her “Craigslist killer” fiancé, and more Irish American women than you might think approve of her decision.
IrishCentral.com hit the phones and conducted a survey with a number of Irish American women, asking them what they think of McAllister writing to the press about the innocence of her beau Philip Markoff, who’s accused of badly beating and shooting erotic masseuse Julissa Brisman and robbing two others.
Despite the horrific accusations, despite Brisman’s panties and the semi-automatic handgun found in the apartment she shared with Markoff, McAllister, a “sweet Irish girl” according to the mother of her bridesmaid, is on a mission to clear her fiancee’s name.
“Philip is a beautiful man inside and out,” she has said. “He is intelligent, loyal, and the best fiance a woman could ask for. He would not hurt a fly!”
“A policeman who wished to make money off this story sold it to countless companies,” she’s said. “Philip…did not commit this crime.”
McAllister has also definitively stated: “I will stand by Philip as I know he is innocent. I love him now and always will.”
It’s a “dream love story turns into nightmare,” as a Boston Herald headline this week.
We asked the women to picture themselves in this situation: You’re women in your early 20s with your whole life ahead of you. You live in Boston with your tall, blonde, handsome fiance, a medical student you met in college a few years back while volunteering at a hospital emergency room. You’re in the midst of planning an August Jersey Shore wedding. You’ve booked hotels for the guests. You’re registered at Pottery Barn.
And then your fiancé is arrested for murdering an erotic masseuse.
This is the horrifying situation McAllister has found herself in.
We first talked to McAllister’s childhood friend “Kate,” a 24-year-old Irish American living in Chicago who spoke under the condition of anonymity. Kate grew up with McAllister, and attended school with her from kindergarten through high school in Little Silver, New Jersey.
Kate sympathizes with her “very quiet” friend.
"She is a really sweet girl, from a really good family," she said. "I feel generally sad to hear that this is happening to her, now that her personal life is on display for anyone and everyone to judge. After hearing that this happened to her, it's easier to see how this could happen to anyone, hence for people to attack her publicly is kinda ruthless."
It’s not surprising for someone to feel sorry for a young woman unknowingly engaged to a killer, but what is surprising is the number of Irish American women who, like McAllister, would stand by their man after the fact.
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