Dating apps allow like-minded strangers to connect with ease. However, psychopaths gaming dating app killers lurk in the digital shadows. The number of people who have been murdered as a result of looking for love the 21st-century way is shocking. Beware before you meet online strangers: Your first rendezvous may be your last.
London police were called to investigate a foul smell emanating from the apartment of Stefano Brizzi. When they entered, they discovered the body of Gordon Semple, age 59, partially dissolved in a bathtub full of acid. Brizzi, 50, admitted to dismembering the former police officer while high on methamphetamine. The two met on the dating app Grindr. After Semple’s death, Brizzi was filmed on CCTV buying buckets, metal sheets, and cleaning supplies. Brizzi began dismembering the body and stripping the flesh. Six days later, police discovered flesh globules floating in the tub, bags of bones, part of Semple’s head, and even human fat in the oven.
Jurors convicted Brizzi of the brutal murder in November 2016. In October 2016, the Brisbane Superior Court acquitted Gable Tostee, 30, of murdering a woman he met on the dating app Tinder. According to authorities, Tostee connected with Warriena Wright, 26, before they returned to his Gold Coast apartment. After an argument, Tostee locked Wright on the balcony. Prosecutors alleged that he intimidated her and she felt compelled to climb down from his 14th-floor apartment.
The most important piece of evidence in Tostee’s acquittal was an audio recording he made the night of the murder. On the tape, Wright can be heard crying and pleading to go home. Tostee failed to hear her scream—but saw her fall. He indicated that looking over the edge might appear as though he was involved with Wright’s death.