The mother of a teenage girl who killed herself over an online hoax said she believes the woman charged with perpetrating the hoax deserves life in prison. Lori Drew is accused of creating a fake MySpace page in the name of Josh Evans to befriend Megan Meier, a classmate of her daughter, and then cruelly telling her she no longer wanted to be friends with her.
Drew, a 49-year-old married mom, has been living under a cloud of apprehension since the tragedy. Her home has been vandalized several times, and clients have run from her home-based advertising business. She and her husband live in a one-story house four doors down from the Meier family on a quiet suburban street where joggers once waved hello.
Drew faces three counts of violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, but she and her federal lawyer have agreed to forgo a felony conspiracy count in favor of lesser charges. Her sentencing is scheduled for September.
Drew is an oil painter who creates mixed media on handmade wood panels. Her working studio is in a picturesque part of Walton County on Northwest Florida's Gulf Coast, just steps from Choctawahatchee Bay and 3 miles north of Grayton Beach. It's an elegant space where guests can watch her work and learn about her unique style of capturing the beauty of the area. To schedule a visit, contact her directly. She also sells her paintings online. Click here for her website.