As you might have heard, this good-looking 22-year-old medical student from Boston University, Philip Markoff, was arrested today and charged as the so-called "Craigslist killer". He stands accused of murder, armed robbery and kidnapping of women selling erotic services through the popular Internet site. In the most brutal case prosecutors allege that "he sought to rob a masseuse, but bashed her in the head and shot her through the heart when she fought back."
Look, this Internet crime spree was clearly a dark and painful period in history. But the damage has already been done. Nothing will be gained by spending our time and energy laying blame for the past. Prosecuting Philip Markoff won't bring back Julissa Brisman -- and frankly it is a waste of our time and energy. We face important challenges ahead in policing predators on the Internet and preventing future violence against women. Now is the time for reflection, not retribution.