Markoff Wrote Ex's Name in Blood on Wall
Scrawled a second word that looked like 'pocket'
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 17, 2010 6:57 AM CDT

(Newser) – As he lay dying by his own hand on what should have been his first wedding anniversary, the alleged “Craigslist Killer” scrawled his former fiancé’s name in blood on the wall of his cell, sources tell ABC News. Philip Markoff also tried to write a second word, which looked like “pocket.” Markoff reportedly suffocated himself with a bag, swallowed a wad of toilet paper to make sure officials couldn't revive him, and cut himself with an object he’d fashioned into a razor—one official said it was a pen, another the silver plate covering an electrical outlet.

“They pulled the cover back and it was a bloodbath,” said one officer. “Her name was in a prominent place in the cell.” It was Markoff’s third suicide attempt; his second came the day after McAllister dumped him.