Internet dating tragedies
I wanted to know your worst online dating tales, and you had some doozies.As I read through them (and apologies that I could not fit them all into one column), the immortal words of Richard Brautigan came to mind -- the coda to a story about a woman who wreaked romantic havoc in the lives of many of his friends. She seemed sweet, and we talked online just about every day.
In a case that might be regarded as a quasi-consensual homicide, "John," a teenage boy from Altrincham, England, allegedly tricked another teenager into killing him using long conversations in an online chatroom."This might have been a funny story if it weren't for the fact that people need a little loving and, God, sometimes it's sad all the (stuff) they have to go through to find some." Amen, brother. "She had just gotten a house to live in that belonged to her grandmother.She kept asking me if I would go to Missouri to live with her, and kept saying she loved me to tears. I told her I needed to save up money for about three months.Online chatrooms are also used, in some cases, to plan consensual homicides.For example, in 1996, a Maryland woman, Sharon Lopatka, apparently agreed to be killed by torture and strangulation in a conversation with a man in an online chatroom.We do not, for example, refer to killings orchestrated over the telephone as 'tele-murder' or by snail mail as 'mail murder.' It seems that this is not a cybercrime, that it is simply a real-world crime the commission of which happens to involve the use of computer technology," but she conceded that "there may be reasons to treat conduct such as this differently and to construe it as something other than a conventional crime." The following individuals have been arrested and/or convicted of crimes in which police claimed that Internet services such as chat rooms and Craigslist advertisements were used to contact victims or hire a murderer.
Despite sharing a similar method of contacting victims, they apparently have varied motivations.
Depending on the venue used, other terms used in the media are Internet chat room killer, Craigslist killer, Facebook serial killer.
Internet homicide can also be part of an Internet suicide pact or consensual homicide.
And in the middle of telling me things that he liked to do and talking about his ex-wife he goes from 'we liked sailing and buying antiques' to 'and I like corsets ...' Excuse me, corsets?
He keeps talking as if he hasn't said anything off, and I stop him and ask, 'What do you mean by corsets?
I worked two jobs for three months and was completely exhausted.