Wednesday, September 07, 2011
Couple Who Met Online Found Dead at Overland Park "Bullet Hole" Shooting Range, The Dangerous Side Of Online Dating by Private Eye Bill Warner.
FOX NEWS...Police in Overland Park, Kan., were investigating the shooting deaths of a couple at a shooting range Tuesday afternoon. Officers found the man and woman dead after being called to the Bullet Hole gun range to investigate a suicide, WDAF-TV reported.
The woman, Bambi Hilburn, 38, had met the unnamed man on the internet just a few months earlier and had never been to a shooting range before, her sister Christy Gregor told the Kansas City Star. "It was just a spur of the moment thing, them going," she said. She said she had met the boyfriend, but did not know much about him. “He seemed normal,” Gregor said.
BULLET HOLE GUN RANGE is at 6201 Robinson Road Overland Park Kansas. The shooting range has seen other killings, the Star reported, including the suicide of a man in March 2010 and the deaths of three people in 1997 who killed themselves with guns they rented there.
SEATTLE PI NEWSJune 27 2010..Match made in hell: Dating services may not do criminal checks. A retired San Antonio motorcycle-salvage yard owner, who also is a convicted murderer, was looking for love on a popular online dating Web site.
Match.com didn't screen members for criminal records (AT THE TIME OF THIS ARTICLE), which explains why Abraham Fortune was able to post a profile and interact with other members on the site. After the San Antonio Express-News asked the site about how it deals with members who are violent felons, Fortune's profile was removed.
Despite the fact that many online dating sites don't perform background checks, users feel a certain comfort level that they won't run into sexual offenders or other criminals because they have paid for the service, MORE FROM THIS SOURCE...
The dangerous side of online dating PANAMA CITY BEACH, FLORIDA Bill Warner Florida private investigator offers on his website to “sort out the winners from the losers” for $65. Story by Gretchen Peters, Foreign Correspondent for “The National”.
PANAMA CITY BEACH, FLORIDA // With as many as 40 million single Americans using online dating services or web-networking sites such as MySpace to look for love, it would seem that there has never been an easier time to find a soulmate online.
But experts, law enforcement officials and private investigators warn that the world of internet romance is fraught with peril, ranging from liars to sexual predators and even murderers, who hide their motives behind seemingly innocuous virtual identities.
The numbers are worrisome – and horror stories abound. In February, MySpace was forced to cancel 90,000 accounts on its site that authorities revealed were linked to registered sex offenders. It was a fraction of the 130 million users of the site, but a significant percentage of the more than one million registered sex offenders in the United States.
In April a Boston medical student, Philip Markoff, dubbed the “Craigslist killer” by the media, was arrested and changed with murdering a masseuse who advertised on the popular website’s erotic services section. Two months later Craigslist was hit with another scandal when it emerged that a North Carolina man used the site to hire a man to rape his wife while the husband watched.
Bill Warner, a Sarasota Florida private investigator who offers on his website to “sort out the winners from the losers” for a flat fee of US $65 says running background checks on potential internet dates now constitutes more than 50 per cent of his business. “Usually the problem is that the man is married or he turns out to be one of these crazy stalker people that follows a woman for months,” he said in a telephone interview.
In many cases, Mr Warner said he would discover that men had joined a site using a false name, a prepaid, throwaway cell phone and a phoney e-mail address from free services such as Yahoo or Hotmail. “There are a lot of people out there who get jazzed up by disguising themselves,” he said, adding that nearly 100 per cent of his cases involved women being victimised by men.
“It’s shameful because it lulls women into a false sense of security,” said Mr Warner. “You get young naive women or the over-50 year olds who are recently divorced, they are often excited about meeting a new man and they make easy prey.” In some instances, the first date ends in violence. Last October, for example, police in Minnesota charged a 39-year-old man with raping a woman he met through the internet, after he slipped drugs into her drink that caused her to pass out.
Bill Warner Sarasota Private Investigator, SEX, CRIME, CHEATERS & TERRORISM at www.wbipi.com