Woman Sues Match.com For $10 Million After Date Ends in Brutal Assault

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A Nevada woman attacked by a man she met on Match.com is suing the website for failing to alert her of the dangers that come with an online match.

Mary Kay Beckman, 50, met Wade Ridley on the site in 2010 but when she ended their courtship after eight days, Ridley stabbed her 10 times.

She filed a lawsuit against the site Friday, seeking $10 million in damages, alleging that it does not do enough to keep violent offenders off the website.

The mother-of-two had been on the website for two months when the match was made and she quickly discovered that he wasn't a good fit for her.

But when she broke off the romance, he reacted violently.

"He broke into my garage," she told the local news website about the attack on the night of January 21, 2011. He stabbed her 10 times and stomped on her head.

"When the police arrested him, he said he wasn't there to hurt me," she chillingly recalled. "He was there to kill me. His intent was to kill me that night.'

The victim was hospitalized for months after the attack.

She has undergone three head surgeries to repair her broken jaw, preserve her eyesight and remove part of her skull to the tune of $400,000.

Less than a month after the January attack, while Beckman was still in the hospital, Ridley met Anne Marie Simenson, 62, through Match.com.

He stabbed her to death and robbed her.

When police captured him shortly after, he told officers that he wanted Beckman dead for "mistreating" him and was surprised that she had survived.

Ridley was convicted of murdering his victim in Phoenix, and he went on to commit suicide in 2012 while serving a 70-year sentence for the killing.

Beckman's attorney, Marc Saggese, told KAS-TV that Match (dot) com, where his client and Ridley had met, is "absolutely not safe" for daters.

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

The woman claims that the dating site misled her into thinking that she would end up in "a stable and loving relationship with another member."

Instead, she ended up with a man "whose intentions are not to find a mate, but to find victims to kill or rape," the recently filed complaint alleges.

Besides $10 million, Beckman wants Match (dot) com to post a disclaimer on the site similar to the warnings on cigarettes and alcoholic beverages.

"They don’t say one in five users are part of an attempted murder," she told reporters about her legal crusade. "They don’t tell you people are missing."

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