‘Jealous Tinder Date’ Allegedly Killed Victim After Putting Tracking Device on Her Bike
(Link): Massachusetts woman, 21, is stabbed to death by stalker who attached GPS tracker to her BIKE while she studied in the Netherlands: Suspect ‘met victim on Tinder but grew jealous when she reconciled with ex’
March 10, 2022
A Massachusetts woman who was studying in the Netherlands was fatally stabbed by a stalker she met on Tinder who grew jealous and tracked her bike when she reconciled with her ex-boyfriend, it is claimed.
Mieke Oort, 21, of Winchester, was allegedly attacked by the suspect – named only as Thomas R, 27, of Leek – inside her apartment above a tattoo shop in Leeuwarden on Sunday morning.
…Oort met Thomas R on Tinder and he reportedly became violent and started stalking Oort after she got back together with Michael. Thomas harassed the young woman via WhatsApp, drove up and down her street, and even put a GPS tracking device on her bike, van der Waal told local news sources.
March 9, 2022
By Yaron Steinbuch
A 21-year-old Massachusetts woman was fatally stabbed by a Tinder date-turned-stalker in the Netherlands — after he placed a GPS device on her bike when she rekindled her romance with an ex-boyfriend.
Mieke Oort, who was studying at the NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences, was killed Sunday morning in her apartment in Leeuwarden, a city about 85 miles north of Amsterdam, WCVB reported.
A 27-year-old man identified as Thomas R. was arrested in the murder, MassLive reported, citing Boevennieuws, which described the Dutch suspect as a “jealous Tinder date” of Oort’s.
“She was my baby sister. We don’t really know how to cope with it,” Mieke’s sister Danique Oort told WCVB. “She had just so much more to give and she had a lot of love for everyone.
“She was the sweetest, strongest woman I knew. She really just put everyone else before her. Everyone,” Danique added.
The grieving sister told the news outlet that the suspect also ignited a fire in the apartment.
“He put a tracker on her bike because in the Netherlands, you bike everywhere,” Danique said. “Right now, we’re just trying to process this whole situation and really say our goodbyes, and make the necessary arrangements that we’ll have to do.”
Mieke and Danique’s father is Dutch and their relatives still live in the Netherlands, WCVB reported. The family is traveling to the Netherlands to receive more information on the shocking case.
Mieke, of Winchester, traveled to the Netherlands in 2020 to enroll in the university after graduating from Winchester High School the year before, according to Boevennieuws.
She had recently broken up with her boyfriend, Michael van der Waal, before briefly dating Thomas, the Daily Mail reported.
But when she reconnected with her ex, Thomas allegedly became violent, harassed her on WhatsApp, stalked her and planted the tracking device on her bike, according to the news outlet.
“She didn’t want to continue [dating] him,” van der Waal told the Leeuwarder Courant, the Daily Mail reported.
“Because he couldn’t stomach that, he first stalked her for a while. And out of jealousy, he has now done this,” he said.