You hear of online dating horror stories, but when it comes to the possibility of being a victim yourself, it’s passed off as highly unlikely. What are the chances?
For 28-year-old Ashley, a flight attendant and contestant on this season’s Married At First Sight, the answer to that question is chilling. Because in November 2016, she found herself staring at the face of a man she’d previously dated after meeting on Tinder. He was splashed across national news headlines.
His name was Paul Lambert, and he had just been shot to his death by policemen.
“Honestly I still remember it. I was on a Townsville overnight, I had just got in. I turned on the news [and] saw something about a Tinder date,” Ashley said in an exclusive interview with news.com.au.
“And then his face popped up on the news. I was like, ‘No way’. And then they said it was Paul Lambert.”
Paul had met a doctor from NSW named Angela Jay on Tinder too, but instead of having seemingly innocent interactions with her like he did with Ashley, his behaviour towards Angela was violent.
After breaking up with him, Paul broke into Angela’s house, stabbed her 11 times, and then proceed to pour petrol all over her, nearly killing her.
Although Ashley’s time with Paul was brief and at times one-sided on Paul’s part, she didn’t at all suspect his capacity to commit such horrific actions.
“He’s the type of guy to send four messages to your one [message]. I’m not a good texter so he used to call quite a bit,” Ashley recalled.