Of all the trainwreck couples, it is most difficult to believe David Murphey’s delusion on this week’s episode of 90 Day Fiance: Before the 90 Days. As he went on and on defending his relationship with the non-existent Lana (last name unknown), one fact continued to confuse me. How could he be in a relationship for 7 years, yet have only been able to communicate with the person on a paid website? Surely he must have questioned Lana about why they could move to a less expensive media after the first few years. I actually went back and watched the first episode he appeared in to try to get some clarity on how this came to be.
The only explanation David gave on the show is that Lana would get angry if he asked her to communicate on a different media platform. He said she is shy and it is too “overwhelming” for her. All the other obvious B.S. aside, how on earth can you believe you are in a relationship with someone who makes you pay each time to talk or look to them? There’s a name for a woman in that type of relationship and it ain’t a girlfriend. David, however, is not backing down and took to the online comments to defend his non-existent girlfriend.
Starcasm reports that David has been defending his relationship with Lana in comments made online. And surprise, surprise, he is blaming editing.
“They edited it like she doesn’t exist,” David explained to one commenter on his Instagram account. “All parts that have her speaking to me and on camera have been cut I have been told.”
David offers up as proof that producers edited out the part where the private investigator confirmed the timing of her brother’s death. “The PI verified that her brother died when I knew he did,” David says. “Unfortunately that scene appears to be cut. Kind of gives you an idea of how they want my narrative to go. I don’t control editing.”
I don’t know what that necessarily proves. Maybe the real Lana does have a brother who died. Maybe Vladamir receives details about her life to communicate to the men. These “agencies” that bring the girls to the websites likely supply bios of the girls’ life and this may have been true. This one fact does not negate the fact that she won’t speak to you or meet you outside of the website. She will only message with you IF YOU ARE SPENDING MONEY.
David also had an excuse as to why Lana’s pictures would still be on multiple other websites.
He maintained, “Of course they are. Women on the sites do not remove profiles from their agency until they have a visa in hand. It is a long process and 95% of men on the sites are not serious and will never travel to see them. And of the ones that do go, they are not guaranteed to have a marriage from that meeting. It is a long process.”
At least he is admitting that these girls are really only looking for a green card. One commenter laughed out loud at the fact that David says Lana does not receive any money from the site.
“Making up lies doesn’t make them true,” David defended to other commenters. “Of course, she does not get paid. That would be fraud. The websites are USA companies and can be sued. Murder is illegal. That does not mean it does not happen. So a scammer can get by and the websites deal with them swiftly.”
It still does not make sense to any rational person. But David thinks using an expensive website actually protects him from fraud.
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“Yes, I pay the website to access profiles of women that belong to marriage agencies in Ukraine, ” David continued. “We pay for access to not be scammed. If you are communicating through a free site or from a social media invitation, you are asking to be scammed, but even then you will not be if you never send money. Don’t ever send money. Seems to me that most of the people on the show meet from a social media invitation. If these people are happy with marrying someone that is transparent in that they just want to come to America, then more proper to them. Using the legit sites is not cheap. But for those of us that can afford it, it is wonderful fun.”
First of all, that last line, ew. Secondly, how can he not make the connection between the $100,000 he spent and being scammed for money? No one who really loves you would force you to pay that much money to communicate with them but still refuse to meet you after seven years!
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One commenter pushed further, asking if the website is responsible for making sure the women are legitimate.
David further explained the process, “No, the websites are separate from the agencies. The agencies are local to the cities over there and there are hundreds of them across Ukraine. The agencies sign up the women and vet them. This means they have to prove they are single and a few other things. This is easy because the passport in Ukraine has the marital status and it has to be renewed if the status changes”.
“Lana does not have her own [computer] but her agency provides a laptop for her to keep at home, ” David continued. “The agency also facilitated gift purchases if a man wants to do that. This is not really wise as gifts cost triple what the actual gift price is. The agency also provides translation services if they are required. The agency also provides the photo shoots and videos for the women. And the agency also provides the clothes, not to keep, for the said photo shoots if a woman does not have cool clothes. In Lana’s case all the photos are in agency clothes. None of them are hers.”
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Yet another user claimed that she had worked for one of the websites, AnastasiaDate.com (Hello Ceaser and Maria!). She confirmed that there is a middle man, who does the actual communicating with the American men. The women get paid for their pictures, videos, and gifts bought for them. Someone else does all the messaging and interacting, and sometimes multiple people because they may work in shifts. That is why the men can see the woman but cannot ask questions or speak with them on video chat. When a man wants to meet, the middle man (aka Vladamir) goes along as the girl’s interpreter but is really still doing all the communicating.
David won’t allow rational explanations to burst his delusional bubble. “You people are funny with your crazy theories,” he insisted, “Anything but the truth. You can’t handle the truth. So your brains must come up with a simple theory.. hahaha….image search all you want. What does that prove? Think about it….nothing. It’s Lana, and with my experience, I never talk to a woman that I can’t see on camera. So again, it’s Lana.”
If David will not see that something is wrong with this, I guess there is no hope. How did she believably convince him that she could not even text in this day and age? I am even more confused after hearing David‘s explanations. But he appears to be taking it in stride.
“Don’t feel sorry for me. I haven’t wasted anything and have no regrets,” David says. If only he did not keep trying to meet her, they would have the perfect relationship.
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TELL US- DO YOU THINK THE SHOW IS MAKING DAVID LOOK BAD THORUGH EDITING? OR IS DAVID DELUSIONAL? IS THIS A LEGITIMATE DATING SITE? DO YOU THINK LANA IS A REAL PERSON? WILL THESE TWO EVER GET TO MEET?
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