In a reminder of all the types of people who you could possibly (and likely don’t want to) meet on an online dating site, The Huffington Post reports that Match.com decided to remove the profile of the alleged “Cannibal Cop” from its site after numerous requests from other users and strong media attention.
The ex-NYPD officer who was initially convicted of planning to kill women and eat them, including his ex-wife, had his online dating profiled outed this week by the New York Post in a pun-filled article that noted among other things, the man’s passion for cooking. You can read that article in full for more context on his case, but be warned, many of the details are distasteful.
We’ve mentioned before that as online dating becomes increasingly mainstream, a potential downside is that it will attract more people that you will want to avoid. These will include con artists and those with lengthy, unrepentant criminal records to name just a couple of examples.
Paradoxically, as online dating loses its stigma and more people trust and enter the various sites, there will increasingly be more opportunities to run into trouble by meeting the wrong kind of people.
While avoiding notorious potential suitors such as the Cannibal Cop may be somewhat easier thanks to the media coverage of his particular case, keep in mind that there are many more savvy and unknown characters out there.
Use common sense, your intuition and if necessary, a background check, as tools to assess any of the 40 million and growing potential dates you might find online.