Animal Activist Hired Hitman to ‘Off’ Random Fur-Wearer

Equated “struggle” to World War II, Holocaust


An animal rights activist has been charged with hiring a hit man to kill a random fur-wearer, the New York Daily News reports.

An Ohio woman who compared animal-welfare work to the liberation of World War II concentration camps has been charged with soliciting a hit man to fatally shoot or slit the throat of a random fur-wearer, federal authorities said.

Meredith Lowell, 27, of Cleveland Heights, appeared Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Cleveland, where a magistrate judge ordered her held by the U.S. Marshals Service pending a hearing next week, court records show. One of her defense attorneys, Walter Lucas, declined comment when reached by phone after the court appearance.

Investigators say the FBI was notified in November of a Facebook page Lowell created under the alias Anne Lowery offering $830 to $850 for the hit and saying the ideal candidate would live in northeast Ohio, according to an FBI affidavit filed with the court on Friday.

According to the affidavit, Lowell wanted the victim to be no younger than 12 years old, but “preferably 14 years old or older,” and wanted them “to be dead in less than 2 minutes.”