They do happen, though — and when they do, they make national headlines.Through no fault of their own, these five victims ended up on Internet dates from hell that ultimately ended their lives.
Jailing Langdell at St Albans Crown Court today, Judge Andrew Bright told him: 'I am firmly of the view that you pose a very great danger to women and young girls with whom you come into contact with in the future.The judge continued: 'Once you have served the minimum term I have set, it will be for others to decide when, if ever, it will be safe for you to be released.They will be guided by psychiatric opinion on your condition.'Dr Philip Joseph, who is arguably the country's most experienced consultant forensic psychiatrist in cases of this kind, expresses the opinion that you suffer from an emotionally unstable and dissocial psychopathic personality disorder with the result that the risk you pose to women is likely to remain significant for the foreseeable future.''You lied to her about being a lawyer with you own firm when the reality was that you had recently been made the subject of a suspended sentence of imprisonment of Bristol crown court for making death threats to women which you communicated to a community nurse involved in caring for your mental health.' Prosecutor Ann Evans told the court: 'The tragedy of this case is that Katie Locke, like thousands of other young people, having agreed to a date with Carl Langdell, accepted what he told her about himself.'Mrs Evans told the court that Langdell had previously been diagnosed with emotionally unstable personality disorder and had been discharged from a psychiatric unit just two months before he killed Katie.'On the 24th of December we were cruelly robbed of a precious daughter, sister, niece, grand-daughter, cousin and auntie.Katie was a beautiful person, both inside and out, completely irreplaceable and for us, as a family, life will never, ever be the same again.'Katie's loss has robbed so many people, the friends who loved her, the workmates who relied upon her, the children she taught and those she would have gone on to teach in what promised to be a successful career.We would like to thank each and every one of the 400 people who attended her funeral to pay tribute to her life.'Unfortunately there were no signs for Katie to see and as a family we have suffered daylight robbery.
For us as a family to realise that any fantasist or predator can lie and publically portray themselves as anything their warped personalities would like is shocking.'Today's result changes nothing, Katie is never coming home.All we can do is warn other young women to be careful in the hope that no other family ever has to go through the pain and trauma we have suffered.'We also hope that authority, in the future, will undertake the most serious investigations, if this murderer is ever considered for release.Miles Donnelly, 35, from Paddington, viciously beat, stabbed and strangled Usha Patel, 44, in her home in Melrose Avenue, on October 7 last year.The mother of a five-year-old autistic boy had invited him over to her home after they had previously met in person through an online website.Her body was found the following morning by her father after he arrived to bring his grandson to school.Today he was sentenced after he admitted on Monday that he had murdered the lone mother on the first day of his trial at the Old Bailey.