Las Vegas Woman Sues Dating Website Following Brutal Attack

LAS VEGAS -- A Las Vegas woman is suing Match.com for almost $10 million. Mary Kay Beckman nearly lost her life when a man she met on the popular dating website viciously attacked her.

Beckman only knew Wade Ridley for eight days before deciding he wasn't the right guy for her. She moved on, but he didn't and without warning, Ridley went on a savage attack.

"I shouldn't even be here today," Beckman said.

Seeing the real estate agent today is a far cry from two years ago when she was practically beaten to death.

"There were 10 stab wounds, eight on my physical body, two on my head, and when the knife broke, there was stomping on my head," she said.

Beckman says Ridley broke into her garage in January 2011 and hid there, waiting for her come home. He later confessed to police that he was in a rage, angry about his Match.com dates with Beckman that didn't work out. Murder was on his mind. One month later, in Arizona, he stabbed another ex-girlfriend with a butcher knife and machete, killing her.

"I do not believe that online dating is a safe venue for men or women," Beckman said.

Match.com posts a list of safety tips when an online relationship goes offline, including meeting in public and telling a friend.

"It is absolutely not safe," said attorney Marc Saggese, Saggese & Associates.

He represents Beckman, and they are suing Match.com for almost $10 million.

"The basis of the lawsuit is the advertising that is utilized by Match.com, lulling women and men into a false sense of security," Saggese said.

"Other women, other men, and children, kids, think that online dating is the only way to go," Beckman said. "I'm terrified by what our generations coming up can be facing."

Beckman hopes the suit stops online dating dangers. Ridley was in prison for the attack on Beckman and also facing a murder charge in the Arizona woman's killing But last May, he killed himself in prison.

 


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