NEW YORK - Ex Madam Kristin Davis who ran for Governor last year as a protest candidate on a platform of decriminalizing prostitution has blasted the premiere of the Lifetime movie "The Craigslist Killer". According to the Lifetime website, the movie follows the dark, mysterious life Philip Markoff conducted online while preparing for a promising future as a doctor and a life of happiness with his fiancée - beginning with his alleged April 14, 2009, first-degree murder of a masseuse who advertised her services on Craigslist.
"Lifetime did not even name the real victim. Her name is Julissa Brissman, and she was my friend and former employee. She was a sweet girl, albeit troubled but working through those troubles and trying to make a better life for herself. She did not deserve to die." said Davis.
Even after reading this, I was willing to give this movie a chance and was hoping that it would portray the victims as just that - victims. And not some cheap pathetic attempt to capitalize on a horrific crime that abused dozens of women - and killed one.
After watching the movie, I am appalled at the lack of representation of the actual victims - the women who were robbed, assaulted and murdered. Davis stated "for a network, Lifetime, whose goal is to promote empowerment to women, the portrayal of Phillip Markoff and his fiancé as sympathetic characters is a complete injustice to women everywhere".
Davis said " the movie concluded maintaining Markoff's innocence in a suicide scene where you might actually feel sorry for him and showing his fiancé in tears devastated by the loss."
Phillip Markoff committed suicide, which robbed his victims and their families of any chance at justice. Lifetime has now robbed them of another chance at justice by not naming them and not accurately portraying Markoff" Davis said.
'I believe that prostitution should be decriminalized so that women who are victims are afforded legal protection and can call the police if they are victimized. Lets not forget that Phillip Markoff was found to have the trophies of dozens of women he victimized. If one of them felt comfortable calling the police then Julissa Brissman would still be alive and this man would have been caught." Said Davis.
"Although we kid ourselves that we live in a progressive society we are still quite closed minded. Lifetime did not give Julissa a name because society doesn't place any value on the lives of sex workers. They are called whores, they are committing crimes so they are automatically deemed less valuable members of society" Davis wrote on her blog.