Tony worked with the family of Dr Alison Hewitt who was recently awarded £130,000 compensation by the Home Office for taking insufficient action against her stalker. Dr Hewitt’s mother, Pam, commissioned Insight Investigations when she became suspicious about Canadian Al Amin Dhalla, whom her daughter had met through an elite online dating agency. Dr Hewitt lived in a safe house during Dhalla’s stalking campaign before he was finally arrested at the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath, where Dr Hewitt worked. Police found in his hired car a loaded crossbow, a large knife, a claw hammer, pliers and bolt cutters, as well as a doctor's outfit. He also had a van specially adapted with a cage in the back.
"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," PI Bill Warner said in a telephone interview. In many cases, Bill 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, Gmail, or Hotmail. "There are a lot of people out there who get jazzed up by disguising themselves," Bill Warner said, adding that nearly 100 per cent of his cases involved women being victimized 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.
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. In other cases, the motive is financial. Police in Tampa, Florida arrested a Tennessee man who was wanted for swindling a woman he met online out of tens of thousands of dollars and leasing a Mercedes in her name that he wrecked, leaving her with more than $60,000 in liabilities. There are stories that are even more sinister. The Safer Online Dating Alliance warns women on its website never to post photos of their children, nor to describe them in detail, saying that single mothers who openly say they seek partners who like children have inadvertently attracted paedophiles. "A lot of couples have found each other on the internet and not everyone is a predator". But it is also possible to develop a false sense of familiarity with someone you have only met on chat sites and through picture exchanges. But at the end of the day you have not met the person. Whereas meeting in a bar, you might immediately feel the hair on the back of your neck stand up, with internet dating you have let your guard down by the time you interact face to face."
Bill Warner Sarasota Private Investigator, SEX, CRIME, CHEATERS & TERRORISM at www.wbipi.com