ONLINE MURDER LURE

A suspected dating app killer reportedly told authorities that a nurse in Queens wasn’t their only victim, there are allegedly five others in the New York area. The chilling details head.

Aired on August 7, 2018.

TRANSCRIPT

AFTER THE DEATH OF SAMANTHA STUART, A 29-YEAR-OLD NURSE FOUND RAPED AND STRANGLED IN HER QUEENS APARTMENT.

LAW ENFORCEMENT TRACED HER BRUTAL MURDER TO ONE MAN, DANIEL DRAYTON, NOW KNOWN TO MANY AS THE TINDER SERIAL KILLER.

HE LURED HIS VICTIMS AND HAS SINCE CLAIMED RESPONSIBILITY FOR UP TO SEVEN MURDERS WHICH POLICE ARE NOW INVESTIGATING.

SO AS POLICE UNRAVEL HIS LETHAL QUEST, ONE MAJOR QUESTION REMAINS.

WHILE DATING APPS HAVE OFTEN ALLOWED MILLENNIALS TO NAVIGATE THE WORLD OF DATING WITH JUST A SPIEP ON THEIR PLATFORM, COULD THESE PLATFORMS PROVE DEADLY?

WELCOME TO THE PROGRAM.

THANKS FOR HAVING ME, JENNA.

FIRST, HOW WERE THE POLICE ABLE TO DETERMINE THAT DRAYTON WAS CONNECTED TO THE KILLING?

ONCE SAMANTHA WAS FOUND THAT DAY, THEY FOUND THAT DRAYTON THAD ACTUALLY USED HER CREDIT CARD TO TAKE A ONE-WAY TRIP TO CALIFORNIA.

AND THEY FOUND HIS CAR AT JFC AIRPORT.

THEY CAUGHT HIM IN CALIFORNIA.

AND, YOU KNOW, FOUND HIM THERE AND CONNECTED HIM TO HER MURDER.

HOW DOES, THEN, THAT CONNECTION THEN LEAD BACK TO TINDER?

WHEN THEY WERE INVESTIGATING THIS, THEY FOUND THAT DRAYTON AND SAMANTHA STUART HAD MET ON TINDER, HAD DATED, AND, YOU KNOW, WE FOUND, IN MANY CASES, THIS WAS THE CASE, THAT DRAYTON HAD MET HIS VICTIMS ON TINDER.

THEY DATED FOR A LITTLE BIT.

AND, YOU KNOW, THINGS WENT SOUR.

NOW, WHEN IT CAME TO HIM CLAIMING RESPONSIBILITY FOR UP TO SEVEN MURDERS, AND UP TO, DOES THAT MEAN THAT POLICE BELIEVE THERE COULD BE MORE PEOPLE, THAT HE JUST HASN'T OWNED UP TO?

IT'S A LITTLE UNCLEAR.

OF COURSE HE'S, YOU KNOW, ADMITTED TO, OR CONFESSED TO UP TO SEVEN OTHER MURDERS.

BUT WE'RE NOT SURE IF THAT'S ACTUALLY TRUE.

WE DO KNOW HE, YOU KNOW, AT LEAST HE'S SUSPECTED OF KILLING SAMANTHA STUART.

HE'S SUSPECTED OF ATTEMPTING TO MURDER THIS WOMAN IN CALIFORNIA THAT HE WAS CAUGHT WITH.

THERE IS, YOU KNOW, STRANGULATION CHARGES IN CONNECTICUT.

BUT AS FOR MURDER, HE'S CONFESSED TO SEVERAL OF THEM, YOU KNOW, IT'S UNCLEAR IF HE'S ACTUALLY DONE IT OR IF HE'S JUST TRYING TO MAKE HIMSELF BIGGER THAN HE IS.

SO WHAT HAS BEEN THE REACTION FROM THESE DATING APPS, I WANT TO SAY SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS, BUT SPECIFICALLY THESE DATING APPS, TO THE FACT THAT YOU NOW HAVE, ESPECIALLY TINDER, HE'S NOW NICKNAMED THE TINDER KILLER.

TINDER HAS COME OUT WITH A STATEMENT SAYING THEY ARE WORKING WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT, THEY FIND THIS, YOU KNOW, HORRIFIC, PLENTY OF FISH, THE OTHER APP HE'S USED, HASN'T COME OUT WITH A PUBLIC STATEMENT YET.

THE REACTION TO THEM IS EXPECTEDLY, YOU KNOW, THEY'RE SAYING WE'RE SORRY FOR THIS, WE ARE WORKING WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT.

BUT THE QUESTION IS, YOU KNOW, WHAT DO THEY DO GOING FORWARD?

THIS ISN'T THE FIRST TIME SOMEONE HAS MET A GUY OR A GIRL ON TINDER AND THINGS HAVE GONE HORRIBLY, HORRIBLY WRONG.

HOW DO YOU FIX SOMETHING LIKE THIS?

DO YOU ADD MORE BARRIERS TO PEOPLE WHO ARE ENTERING TINDER OR DO YOU JUST LET IT BE AND LET THE PEOPLE WHO ARE DATING EACH OTHER HANDLE THEMSELVES?

I DON'T KNOW IF IT'S A QUESTION THAT CAN BE ANSWERED UNLESS YOU START GOING INTO WEIRD QUESTIONS OF CRIMINAL HISTORY.

WELL, THAT DOES COME UP BECAUSE, OF COURSE, AS YOU MENTIONED, DRAYTON DID HAVE A STRANGULATION REPORT MADE AGAINST HIM IN CONNECTICUT.

SO THIS IS SOMEONE WHO DID HAVE A HISTORY OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.

RIGHT.

BUT WAS THERE -- THERE'S NOTHING, ANY SORT OF MECHANISM THAT EXISTS RIGHT NOW FOR THOSE SITES TO KNOW BEFORE SOMEONE ENTERS INTO THAT ONLINE DATING POLL, IS THAT CORRECT?

EXACTLY.

AND YOU CAN'T ASK THEM TO ASK PEOPLE EITHER.

ONCE YOU START ASKING PEOPLE, HEY, DO YOU HAVE A CRIMINAL HISTORY, THAT'S KIND OF A RABBIT HOLE.

I DON'T KNOW IF THESE SITES WANT TO GO DOWN.

BECAUSE YOU MAY HAVE A VIOLENT CRIMINAL HISTORY, LIKE DRAYTON DOES, BUT YOU ALSO MAY HAVE A NONVIOLENT CRIMINAL HISTORY, YOU KNOW, FOR WEED POSSESSION OR TURNSTILE JUMPING OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

AND NOW THEY'RE BARRING PEOPLE WHO ARE MAYBE OTHERWISE GOOD PEOPLE FROM ENTERING THE SITE BECAUSE THEY'VE GOT THIS BLANKET, WE WILL NOT ALLOW PEOPLE WITH A CRIMINAL HISTORY ON OUR SITE.

SO BEFORE -- AND I DO WANT TO GET BACK TO THE CASE RIGHT NOW THAT'S AT LEAST THE CASES AGAINST DRAYTON.

BUT I DO WANT TO GO BACK TO THE DATING SITES.

ARE THERE ANY SORT OF BEST PRACTICES THAT SOME LEVEL OF LAW ENFORCEMENT, OR SOMEBODY HAS COME OUT WITH AND SAID, LISTEN, WE KNOW THAT THIS HAS BEEN A PROBLEM, WE KNOW THAT THIS HAS HAPPENED A FEW TIMES BEFORE, HERE ARE SOME SUGGESTIONS THAT YOU CAN AT LEAST DO TO KEEP YOURSELF SAFE?

WELL, I MEAN, I THINK IT'S REALLY UP TO THE USER.

YOU KNOW, AS FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT, WHAT THEY CAN DO IS IT'S KIND OF A REACTIONARY APPROACH.

IT'S REALLY UP TO THE PERSON WHO'S USING THE APP TO MAKE SURE THAT, YOU KNOW, WHEN -- YOU KNOW, TO MAKE SURE THAT THE PERSON THEY'RE PLANNING TO MEET WITH MAY BE DOING A LITTLE BIT OF A BACKGROUND CHECK THEMSELVES, YOU KNOW, MEETING THEM IN PUBLIC PLACES, JUST BEING CAREFUL WHEN YOU'RE DATING SOMEONE ONLINE.

I THINK THAT'S JUST THE BIGGEST THING HERE, YOU'RE MEETING SOMEONE ONLINE YOU'VE NEVER MET BEFORE AND YOU'RE MEETING THEM IN PERSON.

IT'S JUST IMPORTANT TO KEEP YOURSELF SAFE IN THAT CASE.

AS FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT, I'M NOT SURE WHAT MORE THEY CAN DO UNTIL SOMETHING HAPPENS.

WELL, LISTEN, AYSHA, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR REPORTING.

WE'LL BE LOOKING FORWARD TO SEE HOW THIS CASE DEVELOPS.

AND PERHAPS ANY CHANGES TO DATING APPS, OR AT LEAST SHARING OF INFORMATION BETWEEN POLICE DEPARTMENTS BETWEEN STATES HAPPEN.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HAVING ME.

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