Not only is catfishing (where a pursuer pretends to be someone else online) a strangely popular past time of weirdo shut-ins, but you never know who’s harboring a secret desire to randomly murder someone.The stories of online murders on this list are enough to make you slam your laptop shut and avoid every one of your Facebook friends that you’ve never met in real life (also, why did you accept those requests? Whether you’ve run into some online trouble before, or it’s never occurred to you that predators lurk online, prepare to be really creeped out as you read these stories of online dating murder.That’s when she lost her grip on the gun and it dropped."Hilarie was begging for his life, he was not putting up any kind of fight, and was telling them that he had a 5-year-old daughter," according to arrest reports.Social media photos show Hilarie suited up in boxing gloves and a robe.An Australian body-builder was this week acquitted of the murder of a female tourist who plunged to her death from his 14th floor balcony in the early hours.Gable Tostee had hooked up with New Zealander Warriena Wright in August 2014 after the pair had made contact via the dating app Tinder.
The smartphone app allows users to browse pictures of fellow users in their vicinity and then signal their interest or lack of interest by swiping right if they think they are attractive, or left if they don’t.Considering these stats, the grim reality is that if you date online, you’re likely to run into a few freaky fish before you find a good catch. The list of women who have been raped or sexually assaulted by online dates is even longer. Do they write in all caps or nonsensical sentences? Does that profile picture look a little too good to be true? Nadine Aburas, Tori Ann Pennington, Julissa Brisman - these are just some of the women who have been murdered in recent years by men they met online.The case has once again thrown a spotlight on Tinder, which has suffered its fair share of controversy since its launch four years ago.Detractors blame it for everything from an epidemic of promiscuity to a rise in sex offences.In the 21st century people are more likely to meet their significant other online than they are IRL.