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First date with Internet boyfriend ends with woman buried alive

And you thought your OkCupid stories were bad.


Miles Klee

Internet Culture

Posted on Jun 5, 2014   Updated on May 31, 2021, 4:40 am CDT

In a sequence of bizarre events straight out of a Coen brothers screenplay, a French woman has died after being buried alive on a first date.

Mina El Houari of Cadenet had struck up an Internet courtship with a man living in Morocco, regional daily La Provence reported. After several weeks of chatting online, the 25-year-old made the trip across the Mediterranean to the city of Fez to meet her suitor.

She arrived on May 19 and checked into a five-star hotel before meeting her potential boyfriend, who has yet to be named by authorities. What began as a pleasant first date in his home, he later told police, took a terrible turn as El Houari—an undiagnosed diabetic—suddenly collapsed into a coma. 

Assuming she had dropped dead, he decided to quickly dispose of the body, apparently too panicked to notice that El Houari was still breathing. He dug a grave in his backyard garden and covered her with dirt, which soon resulted in suffocation.

It wasn’t until El Houari’s relatives filed a missing person report with Moroccan police and flew to Fez to search for her that police interviewed the man and then searched his property—finding muddy trousers and a shovel before unearthing El Houari’s remains. The suspect then confessed, and he’s since been charged with involuntary manslaughter.

Certainly puts your last disastrous Tinder hookup into perspective, doesn’t it.

H/T New York Post | Photo by Michael Dorausch/Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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*First Published: Jun 5, 2014, 4:58 pm CDT