Dating App Horrors: The Untold Story | A&E
The A&E channel is airing a program about people (mostly women) who have been raped, robbed, or murdered by men they met for dates via dating sites.
From what I gather so far about this program, the show is high lighting that dating sites are not legally responsible for your safety, nor do they care to be, and there are all sorts of crazies and violent people using these dating sites.
By the way, one of the serial rapists mentioned on this show was a married man – so much for the conservative think tank and Christian propaganda that marriage makes people “better” or more responsible and ethical.
(Link): Dating App Horrors – About
(Link): Match.com predator stabbed a woman who dumped him after they dated for just 10 days then drew up a ‘kill list’ and murdered another girlfriend he met online: TV show explores the dark side of finding love on an app
-After Mary Kay Beckman’s partner died, she decided to go on Match.com
-Through the site, she met Wade Ridley and they went on a few dates in 2010
-After 10 days, she decided to stop seeing Ridley and moved on
-In January 2011, Ridley attacked her, stabbed her 10 times and left her for dead
-In February 2011, Ridley murdered Anne Simenson, another woman he met on a dating app
-Beckman’s story is part of an upcoming episode, ‘Dating App Horrors: The Untold Story’
by Stephanie Nolasco
Kelly couldn’t have predicted that a clean-cut, charismatic suitor she met on a dating app was a serial rapist living a double life.
The Georgia woman was one of several online dating victims who opened up toElizabeth Vargas, who is behind the new A&E Networks docuseries “The Untold Story,” about events that have a profound impact on our country.
The episode, “Dating App Horrors: The Untold Story,” set to premiere this Thursday, explores the largely unregulated dating app history and the risks of dating online, which in some rare cases have led to assault, rape and even murder. Vargas investigated this topic through interviews with lawyers, detectives and advocates, who all hoped that an in-depth discussion will prevent future horrifying incidents from occurring.
Kelly told Fox News she was compelled to come forward for the special to raise awareness on the potential dangers in dating apps.
“[I wanted to] put out to other survivors that they’re not alone,” she said. “Other people have dealt with this and what they’re feeling is completely normal.”
Kelly told Vargas she was 30 years old in 2012 when she yearned to make a connection with someone, prompting her to create an account on OkCupid. Soon after, a man name Zach Anderson contacted her.
“Really, he just looked like a normal, nice guy,” she recalled. “He was really good-looking. He just looked like someone I would want to get to know. I think we had a lot of the same hobbies and interests. I felt I should get to know him and see where it goes.”
After exchanging messages, the pair decided to meet about a week later.
…“My first impression was that he really looked like a nice guy,” she said. “He was already sitting at a booth at the bar. It was quite crowded that day. He was completely respectful. We had a normal conversations. It flowed really well. I had a really good impression of him at first. He just seemed like a normal, charming guy.”
However, the casual date took a dark turn. According to the documentary, the couple ended up in Anderson’s car a few hours later in the parking lot outside the venue where he tried to kiss Kelly. It was then when Kelly said, “a switch went off.”
Kelly claimed Anderson quickly became aggressive and forcefully grabbed her thigh. Despite Kelly saying no, Anderson pulled her pants down and raped her.
…About two years later, Kelly received a call from the district attorney’s office in Atlanta. Anderson was really Devin Richard Hartman, a married father of three who used a dating website to lure and rape another woman.
…In late 2015, a Fulton County jury convicted Hartman, then 40, of rape and aggravated sodomy for the June 2014 assault of a 28-year-old woman whom he met on OkCupid using the alias Zach Anderson, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
According to a police report, the woman told investigators she had six beers before her date dropped her off at her car. The next thing she remembered was waking up on her own doorstep without her keys, cellphone or underwear.
An exam at Grady Memorial Hospital determined the woman had been sexually assaulted and she then called police. The publication revealed that through DNA and phone records, Atlanta police tracked down Hartman. During his week-long trial, four other women who accused Hartman of sexual assault testified.
…“It’s not a horrible thing to date online,” said Kelly. “It’s just that there are so many bad people out there and it’s so easy for them. So many people use dating apps and it’s hard to track everyone out there.”
“For those who do, they should definitely tell multiple people where they’re going,” she continued. “If they can, look into the person they’re going to meet. Make sure you’re in a crowded place. Never leave your drink alone with an individual. Maybe even go as far as having a friend come with them. I know that sounds extreme, but sometimes that’s what’s necessary… I think people have to be more cautious than your usual method of dating.”
(Link): Is Your Online Date Deadly? Here’s How To Spot The Red Flags -from InfoMania