"Romance is by definition quite irrational," Jack Levin, co-director of Northeastern University's Brudnick Center on Violence and Conflict, told The Post.
Hilarie had met Hailey Rose Bustos on Plenty Of Fish, which bills itself as the largest dating site in the world.
He'd picked her up and they went bowling in Winter Haven, Fla., at Cypress Lanes, which offers shoe and lane rentals for a quarter on Thursday nights, and specials on pizza and beer.
As Hilarie bled out, Ray said, the suspects went downstairs, pulled their car to the front of the apartment and began stealing the dead man's Xbox, i Phone and TVs -- valuables Bustos had spotted the night before.
A witness told investigators that Bustos had been involved in at least one similar robbery before, Ray told The Post.
The saying is the basis of the name of an online dating website, (Still doesn't help.) Often meant to encourage someone who's just been dumped or needs to get back in the dating scene, the proverb likens the dating field to the sea, brimming with endless fish, or potential, lasting partners that haven't been caught yet.
It can also suggest that someone's ex wasn't so special or unique.
"Millions of Americans visit online dating websites every year hoping to find a companion or even a soulmate," the FBI said just before Valentine's Day, adding that "the FBI wants to warn you that criminals use these sites, too, looking to turn the lonely and vulnerable into fast money through a variety of scams." Most victims walk away with lightened pockets and broken hearts.
In rare instances, victims - like Hilarie - can lose their lives.
Except now it's more sophisticated and easier for someone to lie and cheat and fabricate because they can pretty much change their identity to make it fit a new reality." Scammers, Levin said, "are experts at presentation of self.
When you're dealing with the Internet, you don't need the resources that you might need in an interpersonal relationship, or face-to-face.
Jackson remembered his brother cracking jokes while wearing Florida State University colors, the school whose teams they cheered.