Even as the evidence mounts, her resolve is unwavering: Megan McAllister remains committed to her fiance Philip Markoff, the alleged Craigslist Killer.
"To me and my family, he is a loving and caring person and in the eyes of the law and the constitution, Philip is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt," Megan McAllister said in a statement yesterday.
"I just can only hope that the criminal justice system will not be overwhelmed and persuaded by what is being put forth in the media."
The statement was read by family attorney Robert A. Honecker Jr. outside the McAllister home in Little Silver, N.J. Philip Markoff, 23, has been charged with the murder of a woman and the assault of another, both in Boston hotels.
He is said to have met both via the "erotic services" section of Craigslist.
Philip Markoff and Megan McAllister, 25, were planning an August wedding (now on hold indefinitely) and the recent events have clearly strained her family.
When asked how Megan was doing, her father, Jim, with tears in his blue eyes, told reporters: "Megan is not doing so well, it's a very tense situation."
And in her statement, she says: "In the past two short weeks, my life and what I hoped my life to be has dramatically changed. I also love my fiancé and I will continue to support him throughout this legal process."
Megan McAllister says she intends to cooperate with Markoff's attorney and the Suffolk County D.A.'s Office within the next few days, but insists: "What has been portrayed and leaked to the media is not the Philip Markoff that I know."
Markoff was on suicide watch and is still in jail awaiting charges.
In another bizarre twist, there's an allegation the preppy med student used Craigslist to seek out men as well as women for sexual activities.