Last week, Channel 5 launched a new series called Murder On The Internet that offers an in-depth look at a number of online dating-related murder cases.
In episode one, Channel 5 explores the events that led up to the death of Katie Locke, who had met a man called Carl Langdell on Plenty of Fish and arranged to meet him on the 23rd December 2015.
Locke was strangled to death in Langdell’s hotel room on the night of their date, before Langdell had intercourse with her body and took photographs on his phone – Langdell later left Locke’s body in nearby woodland after wrapping her in a duvet and moving her using a hotel laundry cart.
Langdell pleaded guilty to the murder and was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 26 years.
Channel 5 also looks into the case of Stephen Port, the 41-year-old serial killer who was found guilty of murdering 25-year-old Jack Taylor, 23-year-old student Anthony Walgate, 21-year-old trainee chef Daniel Whitworth and 22-year-old artist Gabriel Kovari.
Port met the men through online services including Grindr, Sleepyboys and Fitlads, and the four victims were all found near Port’s Barking flat, three in a churchyard and one outside the chef’s block of flats.
The episode also offers an overview of a number of other cases, and questions what the online dating industry is doing to help protect singles using dating apps and sites.
The next episode of Murder On The Internet will air tonight at 10pm on Channel 5 and you can catch up on episode one here.