TORONTO - Ashley Madison's slogan about "life being short" has an eerie feel right about now. Three suicides, in Texas and Canada, may be linked with the extramarital affair website's massive breach.
The San Antonio Police Department says Captain Michael Gorhum, a 25-year veteran, shot himself last week. Gorhum's death followed his email being listed in the hack that exposed over 30 million members of the cheating site.
Gorhum's suicide isn't the only one that's ironically timed. Toronto's police chief says two other deaths are possibly linked with the leak in Canada as well.
Now, Ashley Madison's parent company is offering a $500,000 reward to catch the hackers, and the company could have to pay up elsewhere too. Two Canadian law firms have filed a $578 million class action suit.
The plaintiff says he briefly joined the site after his wife's death, but he didn't meet anyone, and didn't cheat on his wife.
Jeff Ashton, the prosecutor in the Casey Anthony case says something similar at a weekend Florida press conference: “Two years ago, I was curious about the Ashley Madison website and I used my personal credit card to sign up for the site. I deeply regret my affiliation with the site, which has caused a great amount of stress and heartache to my wife and children.”
Ashton says he never met anyone in person or actually had an affair.