Such killers have used forms of social networking to attract victims long before the advent of the internet.For example, between 19, Hungarian serial killer Béla Kiss lured his 24 victims by using personal ads published in newspapers.Internet homicide can also be part of an Internet suicide pact or consensual homicide.Serial killers are murderers who target three or more victims sequentially, with a "cooling off" period between each murder, and whose motivation for killing is largely based on psychological gratification.According to Paul Bocj, the author of Cyberstalking: Harassment in the Internet Age and How to Protect Your Family, "The idea that a serial killer may have operated via the Internet is, understandably, one that has resulted in a great deal of public anxiety." In Harold Schecter's A to Z Encyclopedia of Serial Killers, the entry for "Internet" reads in part: "If the Internet has become a very useful tool for people interested in serial killers, there's some indication that it may also prove to be a resource for serial killers themselves." Maurice Godwin, a forensic consultant, argued that "There are some sadistic predators that rely on the Mardi Gras Effect ["the ability to hide one's identity on the Internet"] to lure and murder repeatedly." The first serial killer known to have used the Internet to find victims was John Edward Robinson, who was arrested in 2000 and was referred to in Law Enforcement News as the "USA's first Internet serial killer" and "the nation's first documented serial killer to use the Internet as a means of luring victims." Online predators, participants in internet suicide and suicide-homicide pacts, and internet killers may seek out victims through internet forums, chat rooms, listservs, email, bulletin boards, social networking sites, online role playing games, online dating services, Yahoo groups, or Usenet.
Online dating has it shortcomings like anything else.
We look for a partner that shares our beliefs and goals for a brief time or the rest of our lives. Dating can be an exciting, whirlwind experience, and at the same time nerve wracking.
Over the past 15-20 years, online dating has become a normal way for people to meet and get to know each other.
Who you are taking to and who you see in their picture may be two totally different people.
Anyone can tell you they are a chef, a model, an executive for a large business.
“Catfishing” is a very real and common occurrence on online dating.