Matchermaker, matchmaker did not make a good match.
Though she had gone out on a few dates in October 2011 with Wade Ridely "healthy loving relationship" the 50 year old was looking for did not come to past, and she broke up with him. According to the arrest report, Ridley waited for her in her garage, stabbing her 10 times, because he felt jilted. He also confessed to murdering another ex-girlfriend for the same reasons.
According to Match.com web site, they are partnered with Stop. Think. Connect. to promote safe online dating protocol. Here's a link to the page: Good Advice Safety Tips to Follow. It does not have a date on when it was published, but the copyright from Stop.Think.Connect is from 2010-2011. In the lawsuit, Beckman insists that Match.com needs to be more explicit about the potential dangers of online dating.
Ridley, who had no prior record of dangerous crimes, was convicted of the other murder and died in jail last year while serving a 70-year sentence.
Match.com argues the lawsuit is frivolous and says it offers tips for safe dating on the site. Online dating is no less safe than meeting someone "at a bar or at church," said Match spokeswoman Eva Ross.
"What happened to Mary Kay Beckman is horrible, but this lawsuit is absurd," Ross said in a statement. "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."
In her suit Beckman says the tips posted on the Match.com site do not go far enough and the company needs to overtly warn users of potential dangers.
What do you think readers? Do you feel that this is a legit case, or that there's inherent dangers in dating, and that's a risk everyone takes?
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