A Nevada woman named Mary Kay Beckman is suing dating website Match.com after being violently attacked by a man she was matched with on their website.
Beckman, 50, dated a man named Wade Ridley in 2010 for a week until he stomped her head and stabbed her 10 times. How romantic!
Mary Kay Beckman has filed a lawsuit against Match.com, seeking $10 million in damages after her harrowing experience.
Her lawsuit alleges that the dating website didn’t prevent violent offenders.
Beckman first met the crazy guy online in September of 2010. The mother-of-two had been using the dating website for two months when she was matched with Wade Ridley.
They dated for just eight days when she decided to end the relationship after feeling they weren’t a good match. Let’s just say he didn’t take the break-up very well.
Wade broke into her garage on January 21, 2011 and stabbed her 10 times until the knife was broken. Then he proceeded to stomp her head.
Beckham revealed, “When the police arrested him, he said he wasn’t there to hurt me. He was there to kill me. His intent was to kill me that night.”
Ridley wanted to kill Beckham for “mistreating” him.
She was hospitalized for months after the violent attack, undergoing surgery to repair a broken jaw and remove part of her skull. Her medical bills are over $400,000.
Mary Kay Beckman was still hospitalized when Ridley was matched with an Arizona woman named Anne Marie Simenson. Ridley stabbed her to death with a machete before taking off with her car and jewelry.
Ridley was convicted of murdering his victim in Phoenix. He committed suicide in 2012 while serving a 70-year sentence for the killing.
Beckman wants Match.com to include a disclaimer of the dangers associated with using the website.
She explained, “God saved me that night for a reason. I shouldn’t be here today. It’s my mission and goal to save someone from being hurt or help someone make a different decision with their online dating choices.”
The Dallas company said in a statement:
“What happened to Mary Kay Beckman is horrible but this lawsuit is absurd. 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.”
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