This is the exact reason why your mom keeps telling you that online dating is dangerous.Mary Kay Beckman is suing Match.com for $10 million after a man she met on the dating website stabbed her 10 times with a butcher’s knife.
The 50-year-old woman from Las Vegas met Wade Riley on Match.com in September 2010 and dated Riley for only eight days before endeding the relationship. Four months later, Riley broke into the woman’s garage and waited for her to come home. Beckman said he allegedly stabbed her 10 times with a butcher’s knife until the knife broke and then stomped on her head repeatedly, leaving her for dead.
Police tracked down Riley and told them that he was angry about Beckman breaking up with him. He also admitted that he killed Anne Simenson, another woman that he met on Match.com. Wade committed suicide in jail before he could be tried.
Match.com responded to the lawsuit, saying that it was absurd.
“What happened to Mary Kay Beckman is horrible but this lawsuit is absurd. The many millions of people who have found love on Match.com and other online dating sites know how fulfilling it is. And while that doesn’t make what happened in this case any less awful, this is about a sick, twisted individual with no prior criminal record, not an entire community of men and women looking to meet each other.”
But Beckman says that the website should better warn its users about the dangers of online dating.
“They don’t say one in five are part of an attempted murder or one in five are killed,” she told reporters. “They don’t tell you people are missing.”
Others argue that the match making site should install a sexual predator screening system. What do you guys think? Is Match.com at fault here, or is Beckman just a victim to a crime that could of happened to anyone?