Her family is still desperately searching for answers.
After her disappearance, Giordano attempted to sue American Express for a .5 million insurance policy he took our on Robyn prior to their trip to Aruba.
They exploit their access to potential victims and establish trust before meeting.
While attempting to escape, Sandy was chased into traffic and hit by a car.
Three men were sent to prison for his murder, while a fourth took a plea deal in exchange for testifying against them. Also in New York, a New York woman who posted a Craigslist ad offering masseuse services was killed in a Boston hotel by a man who answered her ad.
Almost anyone with a working Internet connection knows the dangers and risks of meeting someone online.
Still, it's hard to ignore the sparkling ads for sites like e Harmony.com, or the easy thrills of sites like Craigslist.
Ermatinger and the three men were charged with murder and robbery. In March, a Ferndale man was beaten and robbed by a man he met online and an accomplice. While the pair were at dinner, the woman's accomplice cleaned out the man's apartment -- after she allegedly tipped him off via text message. In 2006, 28-year-old Michael Sandy of New York was killed after arranging a date through a gay chatroom.
The two men are accused of tying him up, beating him with a hammer and a handgun, taking his ATM car and withdrawing money from his bank account. They were charged with stealing ,000 worth of the guy's stuff; she took a plea deal, he was sent to prison. Sandy arranged to meet a man in a park, but instead was met with a group of men who robbed and beat him.So don't look so sheepish if you've ever added your friend's aunt's step-brother's son or a random bartender or significant other of a friend you haven't spoken to since high school to one of your online networks—you aren't alone!We've actually been taught that this makes us good networkers—even thought it overlooks quality in favor of quantity—because the objective is to cast as wide a net as possible when building a network.Robyn Gardner, who I wrote about August 25, 2011 in an article Missing Persons Advocacy Network, remains missing after meeting Gary V. They met each other on an online dating site, and saw each other a couple times a month.Robyn considered Giordano a friend and agreed to take a vacation to Aruba where she vanished.But in this social strategy, how do we know that anyone is who they claim to be?