(Cleveland, Ohio) A 27-year-old Cleveland Heights animal activist, Meredith Lowell, has been accused of plotting the murder of a random person as a protest statement about wearing animal fur.
Lowell has been indicted on a federal charge of solicitation of murder by trying to hire a hit man.
“She wanted to hire someone for money, somebody to go out and murder somebody with a fur coat on, anybody with a fur coat,” said FBI Special Agent Scott Wilson.Lowell was booked into custody. She awaits a court appearance tentatively scheduled for next week.
The FBI arrested Lowell Tuesday morning after they said Lowell spent months trying to solicit a hit man via Facebook.
The FBI said in the indictment that the killing was to take place in front of the Coventry Village Branch of the Cleveland Heights Library.
The FBI said an investigator posed as a hit man online and corresponded with Lowell for several months via Facebook.
According to the indictment, Lowell wanted to be present during the hit and wrote that she had papers on the fur industry that she planned to distribute to people after the murder at the ‘event’.
According to the indictment, Lowell wrote the victim should be, quote, “at least 14 years old or older but should be at least 12 years old.”