Megan McAllister, the “sweet Irish girl” engaged to accused Craigslist killer Philip Markoff, is on a mission to clear her fiancee’s name in the press.
McAllister, described by Susan Fagan Madalenna, mother of one of her bridesmaid’s, as “a very smart kid, going to medical school, just bright and wonderful,” has sent emails to major media sources defending Markoff.
She wrote to "Good Morning America" that Markoff is a “beautiful person” who “could not hurt a fly.”
And she sent an email to People saying: “Philip has not been convicted. 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.”
Madellena, whose daughter is McAllister’s childhood best friend, told IrishCentral that friends and family were “fully behind Megan in her time of need” and that they found the whole story “horrific.”
"We could not believe it when we heard it," she said. “A reporter told me…and I was so shocked.” She said the reporters identified her from the couple’s Web site wedding page.
Madallena described McAllister as “a neighbor’s kid, from a great family. I’m just so glad she’s safe.”
Madallena said that TV trucks were parked outside her house in New Jersey, and that she has been invited to appear on several major TV shows.
“I can’t believe all this has happened," she said.
Neither she nor her daughter ever met Markoff, she stated.
Markoff was arrested on Monday as he drove with McAllister to Foxwoods casino in Connecticut. He has been described as both "a clean-cut Boston University medical student preparing to wed a blond beauty” (Boston Herald) and a disturbed young man "who’s not right in the head" (former lab partner Tiffany Montgomery to the Boston Globe).
McAllister’s fiancée has been charged with murdering a woman who advertised erotic massages on Craigslist. Markoff has also been charged with several other assault and robbery charges against prostitutes.