A Las Vegas woman sues match.com claiming that they are responsible for her nearly losing her life.
Mary Kay Beckman, a real estate agent, and formerly from Quincy, IL, has filed a lawsuit against match.com to the tune of $10 million dollars.
She met a man, Wade Riley, on the popular internet dating site and says she knew him for only eight days before deciding that she did not want to see him anymore.
On January 21, 2011, when Beckman came home, she was brutally attacked. A neighbor witnessed the attack and contacted police.
Beckman was severely injured. She was repeatedly stabbed until the knife broke and her head was stomped on.
She was left for dead and due to brain trauma had no memory of the attack.
Then on February 10, in Phoenix, AZ a 62-year-old woman was found murdered in her home.
Anne Marie Simenson, who also worked as a real estate agent, had visible signs of trauma evident on her body and her car was missing.
Her ex-boyfriend, Wade Riley, was being sought for questioning and was also suspected of robbing a pharmacy in Phoenix on the same day of Simeson’s murder
He was arrested in Las Vegas and later confessed to both crimes.
Wade Riley was found dead in April, 2012 at the High Desert State Prison in Indian Springs and his death was ruled a suicide.
Mary Kay Beckman was lucky that she survived and now says,
I do not believe that online dating is a safe venue for men or women.
Other lawsuits have been filed against match.com although not everyone agrees that the companies, such as match.com should be held responsible.
Hollywood executive, Carol Markin, was forced to perform a sex act on a man she met on match.com and lobbied for stricter controls for checking whether someone has a criminal.
With more and more women turning to the internet to find love, the whole dating game has changed.
To help you stay safe online, please see the 5 Internet dating safety tips.