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"Internet Romance Turns Bizarre

"CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- All Trevor Tasker wanted to do was fly to this historic South Carolina town, meet up with his Internet love and get married."

"Instead, he finds himself still single and in the sights of an aggressive media in his native England."

"It turns out that the 30-something woman he met and wooed over the Internet is really a 65-year-old woman jailed earlier this month after authorities found the body of her former roommate in a freezer at her home."

"Wynema Faye Shumate was charged with unauthorized removal of a dead body and destruction or desecration of human remains after authorities discovered the body of James H. O'Neil, 70. His body had been in the freezer for more than a year."

"An autopsy showed no foul play in O'Neil's death, but authorities are awaiting the results of toxicology tests."

"Shumate also faces charges of stealing $4,200 from O'Neil's bank accounts after he died. Authorities say she helped take care of O'Neil, who was confined to a wheelchair and in poor health. She is being held on $150,000 bond."

"The story has placed Tasker on the British tabloids most-wanted list."

''It's kind of a tragic/comic thing, isn't it?'' said Philip Delves Broughton, the New York bureau chief for England's Daily Telegraph. ''Looking for love on the Internet is a sad thing to do, but it becomes 10 times more sad when you think about what happened to this poor man.''

Brings a whole new meaning to "What's for dinner?", doesn't it?

-- Deb M. (vmcclell@columbus.rr.com), March 10, 2000


In the end, Trasker was very fortunate indeed. This woman has a frosty personality and would have given him the cold shoulder sooner or later.

-- Ra (tion@l.1), March 10, 2000.

yeah you might end up with LL (at the back, of the Q)

-- ra ra ra (-- Ra (tion@l.1),), March 10, 2000.

Now that's just crazy.

Good ol' Trev, shoulda been trading pictures and making phones calls, LONG before he entertained ideas about marrying her.

I've often wondered why people would lie about themselves on the internet because if they did meet someone they're interested in, the truth would be OBVIOUS once they met. Why waste all that time when you KNOW the other person's gonna dump your butt??

Even if someone were scamming people as that woman was, it would be obvious right away that EVERYTHING she said was suspect.

I don't get it, I just don't get it.


-- laura (ladylogic@.....), March 10, 2000.

Well you can go home with a ten and wake up with a two, but I've never heard of it going the other way around.

-- liu (lookitup@dictionary.com), March 10, 2000.

I've often wondered why people would lie about themselves on the internet

well you'd have to

the other person's gonna dump your butt??

in your case tout suite

I don't get it, I just don't get it.

course you don't

think about it, oh i forgot nothing to do it with ~*~

-- old git proliferated IX (old git again@tin of spammer.com), March 10, 2000.

As I understand it, she did send him a picture of herself, but it was one of her from 20 years previous. Poor guy must have been mortified. Just goes to show..ya never know!

However..there are just as many internet love success stories..I've heard plenty of them. You have to be smart...that's all. ;-)

-- kritter (kritter@adelphia.net), March 10, 2000.

He is just a nowhere man

living in his nowhere land

making all his nowhere plans

for nobody

-- (nemesis@awol.com), March 10, 2000.

Wow, one of my e-girlfriends just sent me this:

Subject: Kids Views on Marriage



You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like, if you like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and dip coming. - Alan, age 10

No person really decides before they grow up who they're going to marry. God decides it all way before, and you get to find out later who you're stuck with. - Kirsten, age 10

WHAT IS THE RIGHT AGE TO GET MARRIED? Twenty-three is the best age because you know the person FOREVER by then. - Camille, age 10

No age is good to get married at. You got to be a fool to get married. - Freddie, age 6

HOW CAN A STRANGER TELL IF TWO PEOPLE ARE MARRIED? You might have to guess, based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids. - Derrick, age 8

WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR MOM AND DAD HAVE IN COMMON? Both don't want any more kids. - Lori, age 8

WHAT DO MOST PEOPLE DO ON A DATE? Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get to know each other. Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough. - Lynnette, age 8

On the first date, they just tell each other lies, and that usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date. - Martin, age 10

WHAT WOULD YOU DO ON A FIRST DATE THAT WAS TURNING SOUR? I'd run home and play dead. The next day I would call all the newspapers and make sure they wrote about me in all the dead columns. - Craig, age 9

WHEN IS IT OKAY TO KISS SOMEONE? When they're rich. - Pam, age 7

The law says you have to be eighteen, so I wouldn't want to mess with that. - Curt, age 7

The rule goes like this: If you kiss someone, then you should marry them and have kids with them. It's the right thing to do. - Howard, age 8

IS IT BETTER TO BE SINGLE OR MARRIED? It's better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys need someone to clean up after them. - Anita, age 9

HOW WOULD THE WORLD BE DIFFERENT IF PEOPLE DIDN'T GET MARRIED? There sure would be a lot of kids to explain, wouldn't there? - Kelvin, age 8

HOW WOULD YOU MAKE A MARRIAGE WORK? Tell your wife that she looks pretty even if she looks like a truck. - Ricky, age 10


-- laura (ladylogic@......), March 10, 2000.

Ahh, Who wants to marry an internet millionaire? hey LL, I got that joke also from an email friend, my x father in law, it was cute.

-- consumer (shh@aol.com), March 10, 2000.

consumer, I think jokes must spread around the internet like wildfire. It's too bad the same thing couldn't happen with something like -- a list of the world's most eligible bachelor's and their url's, huh?

I guess we'll just have to settle for laughin' instead of lovin'!


-- laura (ladylogic@.....), March 10, 2000.

"On the first date, they just tell each other lies, and that usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date. - Martin, age 10"

This kid's wisdom scares me!

-- Chris (!@#$@pond.com), March 10, 2000.

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