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Mary Kay Beckman Sues Match.com After User Nearly Kills Her
Instead of finding love on a dating site, one Las Vegas woman found a violent murderer.
Mary Kay Beckman is suing Match.com for nearly $10 million after she was almost killed by a man she met on the dating site. She said the site should come with a warning about the dangers of online dating.
Beckman went on a few dates with Wade Ridley before she ended things. Soon, he started sending her harassing texts and attacked her when she got home one night in January 2011.
"He stabbed her dozens of times in the face. He smashed her head with a rock. He stomped her face with his feet. He left her for dead," her attorney, Marc Saggese, said.
Luckily a neighbor heard the commotion and called 911.
A few weeks after the attack, Ridley met another woman on the site in Arizona and killed her. Ridley was sentenced for murder in Arizona. He was told that Beckman survived the attack, and he said he was surprised. He died later that year behind bars.
Beckman's lawyer said they are suing the site because it does not warn against the dangers. Saggese said there is no difference between Craigslist and Match, except for that Match subscribers feel a false sense of safety due to the monthly payment.
"Match does nothing to ensure the safety of its people, but you pay $30, you think you're getting some type of protection," he said.
Match released a statement to FOX5, which said:
"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."
Though the site said they have safety tips, Saggese said the false sense of security has to end.
"They clearly say 'one in five get married,' that's their mantra. Every commercial of threes I've ever seen shows two people who met, who are at a restaurant happy as can be and in love. It's as if everyone on Match has good intentions and they don't," he said.
Saggese wants to get the company's attention with the lawsuit and hopefully get them to pay for Beckman's medical bills, which are now over $400,000.
Ultimately, they hope to bring awareness to the dangers of the site and force a disclaimer on Match ads, which would provide warnings similar to those on tobacco and alcohol products.
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