Internet dating lies
Electronic advertising has gradually replaced printed ads and the Internet is now a venue where murderers who employ a similar modus operandi can meet their victims; in Schecter's Encyclopedia, the entry for "Ads" mentions Internet dating and the use of Internet ads by the so-called "Internet Cannibal" Armin Meiwes.Since 2007, several accused and convicted killers have contacted victims through advertising services such as Craigslist, a popular classified advertising website.On an online dating profile, stretching the truth is how some secure the first date.
“A few guys have put up good-looking pictures of themselves and when I went to meet them in person, I didn’t recognize them because they looked nothing like the picture.” According to Woman’s Day magazine, the 10 most common things people lie about in their online dating profiles include height (guys fib significantly more), weight, physique, age, income, job type and title, lifestyle, hobbies and interests, connections to celebrities and photographs.
The victims' deaths may result from a robbery or a sexual encounter that turned violent.
Some of these perpetrators may not have intended to commit murder, but killed their victims during the course of a struggle or to prevent capture. Several legal and technology experts have questioned the idea that there is a phenomenon of Internet killings.
These killers are sometimes referred to in the media as "Craigslist killers"; the first use of the term Craigslist killings may date to October 31, 2007, when the phrase appeared in a headline in the Saint Paul Pioneer Press in Minnesota, in reference to the murder of Katherine Olson by Michael John Anderson, who was then dubbed "the Craigslist killer".
Since 2007, several suspected and convicted perpetrators have met their victims or solicited murder through Craigslist.
Online chatrooms are also used, in some cases, to plan consensual homicides.