Beckman tells FOX New, she had been using Match.com for several months when she met Wade Ridley in September 2010. After just eight days, Beckman ended the relationship, causing Ridley to turn violent. Later, in 2011, Ridley stabbed her 10 times with a butcher knife and stomped on her head when the knife broke.
Ridley hid in her garage four months later and attacked her.
“He broke into my garage,” Beckman told the station. “When the police arrested him, he said he wasn’t there to hurt me. He was there to kill me. His intent was to kill me that night.”
Beckman is contending that Match.com was negligent in not screening its applicants better as well as in failing to disclose that Ridley posed a danger to her.
While in custody, Ridley also confessed to killing Anne Simenson, an Arizona woman he also met on Match.com. He killed himself in jail before he could be tried for either crime.
Although Match.com is sympathetic that Beckman’s experience in meeting Ridley ended badly, they contend her lawsuit has no merit because Ridley didn’t disclose he had any criminal record when signing up on their dating site.
Beckman, meanwhile, hopes the dating site will offer a disclaimer, similar to those found on cigarette cartons, making the dangers of online dating explicit
“They don’t say one in five are part of an attempted murder or one in five are killed,” said Beckman. “They don’t tell you people are missing.”
In a statement, Match.com characterized Beckman’s statement as “absurd.”
“The many millions of people who have found love on Match.com and other online dating sites know how fulfilling it is,” the statement read. “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.”
Match.com currently offers its users a list of safety tips for both online and offline interaction.
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