Meredith Lowell, 27, of Cleveland Heights was indicted for solicitation of murder after the FBI said she tried to hire a hit man to kill a random person wearing fur in what she was calling a ‘protest.’
“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.
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.”
The indictment alleges Lowell used the computers at the Cleveland Heights Library to arrange the would-be random murder, or which she would pay $730 in cash and jewelry.
Lowell wrote that she expected to go to jail, and wrote “many activists have gone to jail or prison for the benefit of the movement.”
“I’m appalled and horrified that somebody would think that committing violence is going to further a cause that is all about non-violence,” Jennifer Kaden said.
Kaden and Amy Wagar Cinch, co-founders of the Cleveland Animal Rights Alliance, said they don’t know Lowell, and that the animal rights movement opposes violence of any kind.
“Humans are animals too, and we want everyone to live in a peaceful environment, not just non-human animals,” Wagar Cinch said.
Lowell is being held in custody until a court appearance next week.
The judge said she will have a competency hearing.