Mary Kay Beckman, 50, was just looking for love but she brought home more than she'd bargained for.After just a few dates with Wade Ridley, she was smitten, yet she had no idea that his intention was to smite her. There was nothing particularly suspicious about him and yet what began as an eight-day whirlwind romance has become a million lawsuit that Beckman is waging against 21st, 2012, after she realized that it was not a match with Ridley and had called it quits on their short-lived fling, Beckman allegedly came home to find Ridley in her garage harboring a knife and the intent to kill.As awesome as that is, what happens when something goes wrong, and they aren’t your match at all?

Did you know that there are 54 million single people in the United States, and 40 million of them have tried online dating?

The worldwide online dating industry grosses over $4 billion dollars per year, making it a bigger industry than porn.

So, how do you protect yourself when you try online dating?

Bruce Anderson, director of Cyber Intelligence & Investigations, encourages cyber-daters to conduct a background check.

Lyne disappeared last Friday after leaving to meet a date, who police identified as John Robert Charlton, 37.

Her ex-husband reported her missing on Saturday — and a dismembered body, including a severed head and foot tentatively identified as Lyne's, were discovered Monday in a recycling bin in Seattle’s Central District.

Here are five facts about online dating: Online dating has lost much of its stigma, and a majority of Americans now say online dating is a good way to meet people.

When we first studied online dating habits in 2005, most Americans had little exposure to online dating or to the people who used it, and they tended to view it as a subpar way of meeting people.

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