The Illicit List: Crime and Craigslist
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Maybe Guzman thought things were finally looking up for her 25-year-old daughter. Brisman was getting her life on track, and an ambitious new boyfriend might be part of that. Brisman was working hard, putting herself through school and even buying a new computer for her younger sister, who was still living with her mother in their modest apartment on Manhattan's West 107th Street.
There'd been some rough patches for Julissa. The family had always had to work hard. When she was 19, Brisman had worked at Macy's flagship store at Herald Squareuntil she was arrested in June of 2002. Investigators said she'd falsely credited $3,700 in returns to her own store account, and used the credit to buy herself Macy's merchandise. She never served time for this offense, but in 2006 she was arrested again and spent 6 nights in jail on Rikers Island for charges in a now-sealed case.
Brisman had once struggled with a drinking problem, but she had cleaned up and now she was enrolled in a two-year program at the City University of New York, training to become a substance abuse counselor. She was also starting to get work as a model in print ads and videos.
That's how she met University of Boston medical student Philip Markoff, 23, who, investigators allege, shot and killed her in a Boston hotel on April 14, 2009.