NABOKV-L post 0006899, Fri, 11 Oct 2002 13:54:08 -0700

Fw: A Soldier in Despair (fwd)
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From: "Galya Diment" <>

> Police: Soldier Sought to Disapper
> Filed at 12:35 p.m. ET
> FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- A Fort Bragg soldier trying to stage his own
> disappearance searched the Internet for a man who looked like him and cut
> the man's throat, but the victim survived, police said.
> The victim pulled the 8-inch knife from his throat, cut ropes around his
> hands and feet and fled, sheriff's Det. Barbara Davenport said.
> Jonathan Meadows, a specialist assigned to the 37th Engineering Battalion,
> was charged with attempted murder and held in lieu of $50,000 bail.
> Meadows spent weeks searching the Internet for someone who would be
> mistaken for himself, Davenport said. He was seeking men who were
> 5-foot-6, about 150 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes.
> Meadows found Stephen ``Jeremy'' Bowen about two weeks ago, lured him to
> his home, tied him up and cut his throat Sunday night, Davenport said.
> Bowen, 26, who suffered severe cuts to his larynx, ran to a neighbor's
> house. Meadows surrendered shortly after the attack, authorities said.
> Meadows, whose age was not immediately available, said his plot was a way
> to get out of the Army, according to investigators. He was frustrated with
> the Army and depressed, Davenport said.
> ``He didn't want the Army looking for him,'' she said. ``He didn't want
> his wife looking for him. He said he was going to assume a new identity. I
> think he thought it was set up so well that nobody would think it (the
> body) wasn't him.''
> Meadows and Bowen first met last week at a book store in Fayetteville for
> coffee. They met a second time Sunday at Meadows' home, Davenport said.
> Cynthia Black, a public defender assigned to represent Meadows, wouldn't
> comment. Meadows' next court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 24.
> Meadows and his wife, Thea, separated last month, and she moved to
> Tennessee with their two girls, ages 3 and 7, authorities said.
> Meadows joined the Army in 1999.

EDNOTE: Private Meadows must be a VN reader.