Match.com is being sued for $10 million by a Las Vegas woman who was stabbed 10 times and left for dead in her garage by a man she was allegedly paired with by the popular dating website. The same man was charged with murdering another woman a few weeks later.
Mary Kay Beckman, 51, claims the brutal, near-fatal beating on Jan. 21, 2011, came at the hands and kicking feet of a suitor who she was matched with a few months prior in September.
Wade Mitchell Ridley, 54, was convicted in the attack on the successful Las Vegas real estate agent after she broke up with him after the two dated for only 10 days. In the months following, Beckman said she received several threatening letters leading up to the attack.
In the lawsuit filed Jan. 18, Beckman claims Match.com "(lulls) women and men into a false sense of security" and says the website misled her into believing she'd find a "stable and loving relationship with another member," through her subscription, according to Courthousenews.com
Beckman's suit goes onto say that Match.com failed to warn her of the dangers of meeting "an individual whose intentions are not to find a mate, but to find victims to kill or rape."
A Match.com spokesperson reacted to the lawsuit.
"What happened to Mary Kay Beckman is horrible, but this lawsuit is absurd," the spokesperson told the Courthouse News. "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."
Match.com was founded in 1995 and boasts more than 15 million members, and the website says 200,000 individuals find a match each year using the service.
Beckman needed multiple brain surgeries after the brutal assault.
Ridley refused to admit guilt in the assault, though he did plea to an armed robbery and attempted murder charge with use of a deadly weapon, acknowledging prosecutors could prove their case against him, according to the Courthouse News.
In early February 2011, Ridley allegedly killed Anne Simenson, 62, of Phoenix, Ariz., after repeatedly stabbing her with a butchers knife and machete in her home, according to police reports. He was arrested in Las Vegas on Valentine's Day in 2011.
He was never convicted of the murder, though, because he died in prison in May of last year while serving 28 to 70 years for his attempted murder plea in the Beckman assault. The details of his death were not reported.
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