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On Tuesday, January 27, 2015, the State alleges 22-year-old Henri van Breda used an axe to kill his mother, father and older brother.
His younger sister Marli, who was 16-years-old at the time, survived the attack.
She’s one of the lucky ones: others warned about having to kiss a lot of frogs, catfishing (luring someone into a relationship by adopting a fictional online persona), and dodgy fraudsters.
Besides the bothersome human element, it’s pure business for the operators: in the US, the industry made $2.5 billion last year.
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While members can send or reply with a one-liner, only paying subscribers can write personal custom messages. However, we reserve the right to hide, delete or modify unacceptable profiles.Van der Westhuizen said she had not been dating Henri, but they had been “spending time together as friends”.Asked about the family dynamics, she said “everything seemed normal, I had a lovely time with the family”.The drawbacks are numerous, though: misrepresentation, catfishing, lousy matching, objectification and projection are just some of the psychological pitfalls of hooking up in the virtual world.Many of us know someone who found their match online: a friend, Philippa, told me she met the love of her life, Stuart, online in 1999 – they’ve now been married for 16 years and have two children.48 - Blaauwberg, Cape Town Hopeless optimist looking for friendship and more..