Meredith Lowell, a 27-year-old Ohio woman was jailed after she allegedly tried to hire a hit man to kill any random person found to be wearing animal fur.
According to FBI agents, Lowell spent months trying to solicit a hit man through Facebook, with the intention of killing a random person who was caught wearing fur clothing.
Undercover officers began communicating with Lowell through Facebook In November after being alerted to the alleged plot.
Investigators say Lowell posted a request on Facebook which stated “I would like to create an online community on facebook which would allow me to find someone who is willing to kill someone wearing fur toward the end of October 2011 or early November 2011 or possibly in January 2012 or February 2012 at the latest.”
Lowell, using the alias Anne Lowery, allegedly wrote that she would be willing to pay up to $850 to anyone willing to carry out the deed. She referred to the act as a “hit, a demonstration and a protest.”
During email exchanges between Lowell and FBI agents, Lowell reportedly stated that she wanted to be present when the murder occurred, so that she could begin handing out animal rights “papers” at the scene. She also stated that murdering a 12 year old child would be “fine” but that she would prefer the victim to be at least 14 if possible.
Lowell offered the undercover agent $730 in jewelry to complete the “hit” while providing detailed explanations about how she wanted murder to be performed.
“You need to bring a gun that has a silencer on it and that can be easily concealed in your pants pocket or coat. If you do not want to risk the possibility of getting caught with a gun before the job, bring a sharp knife that is (at least) 4-inches long, it should be sharp enough to stab someone and/or slit their throat to kill them. I want the person to be dead in less than two minutes,” stated Lowell during another email exchange.
Lowell was booked into jail and charged with solicitation to commit murder.