AMERICA: John Meredith Hodges charged with murdering woman he met online

Featured image: John Meredith Hodges dangles wealth and love with a few easy keystrokes.

The site is where a lovely 39-year-old pediatrician thought she found her match. He was a man who professed devotion, called her “princess” in emails and portrayed himself as an international businessman and a former Army Ranger.

Johnson County prosecutors give different descriptors for John Meredith Hodges. They say he’s a liar, a prescription drug addict and a swindler. He is charged with a string of felonies, including the first-degree murder of Franchesca Brown.

The chilling allegations unwound in a preliminary hearing this week, full of warnings for anyone seeking love online.

Brown’s body was found last September, wrapped up in a tarp and thrown into a patch of woods near College Boulevard. The South Carolina doctor came to Overland Park for a medical conference and to meet with Hodges. She had only seen him in person one other time, friends said at the hearings. Red flag.

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