LAS VEGAS, Nev. — A Nevada woman is suing Match.com for nearly $10 million after being brutally attacked by a man she met on the dating site. She later learned the man who attacked her confessed to killing another woman, Ann Simenson, whom he also met on Match.com.
Mary Kay Beckman, 50, said the social dating site does not do enough to warn people of the risks of online dating. Her attorney, Marc Saggese, said that Match.com’s advertising lulls “women and men into a false sense of security,” reports Huffington Post,
Match.com issued a statement, calling the lawsuit “absurd.” The statement read:
“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.”
Beckman met Wade Ridley, 53, in September 2010 on Match.com. But after eight days, she ended her relationship with him. Four months later, Beckman said Ridley broke into her garage and waited until she came home, stabbing her 10 times with a butcher knife. Beckman said when the knife broke, Ridley continued to stomp on her head before leaving her for dead.
After police arrested Ridley, Huffington Post reports he told police he was angry with Beckman for breaking off their relationship and that he “wanted to kill her.” While in custody Ridley also confessed to the murder of Simenson. He later killed himself in jail before he could be tried for either crime.
Beckman said she wants Match.com to do more to protect and educate those who use the site.
“They don’t say one in five are part of an attempted murder or one in five are killed,” she said. “They don’t tell you people are missing.”