Woman Discovers Online Boyfriend Is Actually Her Stalker Ex-Husband

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No matter how many times people are warned about conversing with strangers online, people do it. People have a driving need for human interaction, and as our lives become more and more isolated -- working from home, living far away from family, conversing with friends only through social media -- that intense need for human interaction can loosen your grip on common sense. How else to explain that when a woman met a charming man on a dating site, she struck up an intense online-only relationship with him that included delving into all of the details of her horrible relationship with her ex-husband? The woman was in for a shock when it turned out that the man she'd been confiding in for a year was -- none other than her ex-husband.

The ex-husband, Brian Matthew Cornelius, reportedly set up a fake dating profile, complete with pictures he found on Google, to woo his ex-wife, with whom he'd had a contentious divorce and was battling over custody issues.

For whatever reason, the woman allowed the fake man, who she knew as "Aaron Carpenter," into every little detail of her life, including her tribulations with her ex. She would also tell "Aaron" where she'd be going that day -- only to have her ex strangely show up at the same place.

And for some bizarre reason, she allowed "Aaron" -- a man she'd never met in person -- to talk her out of getting an order of protection against her ex.

Sounds like somebody was in desperate need of an ear (a real one). Did this woman have no one, not a female pal, not a family member, she could turn to for advice and comfort? She had to do it all with a man she only knew from his online profile? Did she not follow that whole Manti Te'o saga?

Such as it is these days. We get so wrapped up in what's online, we forget it's not necessarily real. And we should NEVER forget that. Online is not life! I'm not blaming the woman -- her ex sounds completely unhinged and pathetic -- but it can't hurt to have an in-person meeting with someone before telling him the nitty gritty of your life.

Cornelius has been charged with stalking. Duh.

Have you ever been fooled by someone you met online?


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Jason Fator

Actually the press has this all twisted. I know this woman and I am appalled that all the facts are not in the article. They did not meet on a dating site. It was in the Craigslist hook up ads where she would regularly post to meet men for one night stands to bring home to her place while her (and the ex husbands) children were sleeping. Also, he showed up at one place one time. ONCE. And thank you for pointing out that she had a part in this. She choose to call someone her boyfriend after never meeting in person, even though he lived in the next town.

bills... billsfan1104

Jason, how can you know her? You are a liar with a fake FB page.

tuffy... tuffymama

Jason Fator AKA Brian Cornelius.

nonmember avatar FM

I had it happen to me. It was horrible.. My ex even showed up in SF where I was visiting my boyfriend & I hadn't seen my ex since I was forced to go home & the bitch put me on a bus. I saw her 2-3 times (different times & places) while I was with my boyfriend. Yeah when I first met my ex online.. I had no idea she wasn't a he. She impersonated a famous Asian male actor/model. It can happen to anyone. Be very careful who you meet/talk to/get into a relationship with. It's better to be safe than sorry & investigate who that person really is, before you get involved

nonmember avatar FM

I had it happen to me. It was horrible.. My ex even showed up in SF where I was visiting my boyfriend & I hadn't seen my ex since I was forced to go home & the bitch put me on a bus. I saw her 2-3 times (different times & places) while I was with my boyfriend. Yeah when I first met my ex online.. I had no idea she wasn't a he. She impersonated a famous Asian male actor/model. It can happen to anyone. Be very careful who you meet/talk to/get into a relationship with. It's better to be safe than sorry & investigate who that person really is, before you get involved

kisse... kisses5050

 no I wasnt fooled by anyone I met on line... but when I was going through my divorce... I will say the three guys I "met" in a "divorce" chat room were a lifesaver . I never met them in person.. but it was easier to talk to them than a girlfriend or family who quite frankly were sick of it... These guys were going through it.. they could help me see a guys point view... we IMed we talked on the phone a few times..  They were honest..." Ya that is a dick move he made"  "" What do you mean he isnt paying you any child support??"    sooooo it isnt too weird why people reaching out

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