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Often, relatives and acquaintances of the suspect in a notorious case express shock and disbelief when the crime and the alleged perpetrator become publicly linked. The man accused of being the "Craigslist killer," 23-year-old Philip Markoff, is among those who made a positive impression in better times.

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Before the media barracuda had time to really start swarming, Eliot Spitzer's successor, Gov. David Paterson, preempted scurrilous investigations into his skeleton closet by tossing a big one out for all to see. As Paterson told the New York Daily News on Monday, he had a long-standing affair years ago during a rocky period in his marriage.

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New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, as expected, announced his resignation Wednesday morning, making a brief but graceful exit with his wife, Silda, at his side. Spitzer didn't say what his specific plans would be after his successor, Lt. Gov. David Paterson, takes office on March 17, but he pledged that he "will try once again outside of politics to serve the common good."

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New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer may be stuck between the two worst political options for someone in his position -- impeachment and resignation -- after a money trail led to Monday's bombshell report that Spitzer was a client of an exclusive call-girl ring, although he has yet to own up to that specific charge.

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