ONLINE MURDER LURE

August 08, 2018 at 5:00 am

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.

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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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