Police are investigating Philip Markoff's gambling habits to gain evidence that he may have been seeking money to pay gambling debts.
New allegations: Markoff's former medical school lab partner at Boston University said she is not surprised that he's a suspect in the case because he had profound mood swings and often appeared "disturbed."
Boston University medical student Philip Markoff stands during his arraignment in Boston Municipal Court, Tuesday, April 21, 2009, in Boston. Markoff has been ordered held without bail on charges that he fatally shot a masseuse he had lured to his hotel through Craigslist. (AP Photo/Mark Garfinkel, Pool)
In an e-mail to ABC's "Good Morning America, Megan McAllister said Markoff "could not hurt a fly." She called him "a beautiful person inside and out," according to the message read on the air Tuesday.
FILE PHOTO: A mother and her teenage daughter stand in the doorway of their home in 1998. The daughter was a victim of a child protitution racket in LIttle Havana.
Courts and law enforcement are increasingly treating young prostitutes as child abuse victims - and their pimps as human traffickers.
The institutional shift is focusing on rescuing girls and punishing their abusers.
In most cases, the teens, often sexually abused, lured into prostitution by "boyfriends" who shower them with the loving attention they lack at home. Gifts and outings, though, turn into violence and emotional manipulation.
Police are after the Bad Phoenix Cops blogger. Officers went to his home seizing computers, electronic records and storage devices. The search warrant said he is suspected of felony computer tampering and misdemeanor property theft.
Police say the blogger's vendetta began after his ex-wife alleged he had stalked and harassed her, videotaped her at home and at the children's schools and told their children, "Mommy is going to die soon." Here is the story.
Florida's Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services' top cop said he had a few drinks before driving his vehicle to pick up his son from school.
Col. Alvis Darrell Liford's admission came after a Florida Highway Patrol trooper found a bottle of Ancient Age whiskey in his car.