The 18-year-old Wisconsin native who has been convicted of killing her parents has recently spoken out and shared that she feels freer in prison than she did at home with her parents. Ashlee Martinson experienced a lifetime of physical, sexual, and psychological abuse which all led to the horrific incident that resulted in her killing her parents. Martinson fatally shot her stepfather, Thomas Ayers, 37, and then killed her mother, Jennifer Ayers, 40, by stabbing her more than 30 times. Following the killings, she locked her three younger siblings in a bedroom in their small home in Piehl, Wisconsin, and then ran.
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A multi-state manhunt resulted in the arrest of Martinson in Indiana, after she fled with her boyfriend. By March the 18-year-old pleaded guilty to second-degree homicide and is now serving a 23-year prison sentence.
During an exclusive interview with Crime Watch Daily, Martinson shared how she is handling prison life since being sentenced. The Washington Post notes her words.
“I’m happy. know that sounds crazy, because I’m in prison, but I feel like I’m free. I can wake up every day and know that I am safe.”
This is the first time that the teen has spoken out about her story, one that involves abuse that was ongoing for years by her mother’s boyfriend, while her mother stood by and allowed it.
“I’m not a monster,” she told Crime Watch Daily. “I never meant any of this to happen. It doesn’t make it right, what happened. But I was just a girl, an abused girl, who was forced to make a really bad decision.I’m not the monster that they portrayed me to be.”
Professionals who were able to interview Martinson following her sentencing report that the girl suffered severe depression and post-traumatic stress disorder following years of the alleged abuse.
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However, Martinson’s online posts prior to the murders revealed that she had a dark side. The teen had a blog titled Nightmare and went by the name “Vampchick.” Days before the killing, she posted a poem about torturing and killing people, as the publication states.
“I clean the dry blood off my tools from a previous session,” she wrote in a poem called “Unworthy.” “The last body has been disposed of just hours before, yet I have not been satisfied with the pain, agony and blood. I bend down as they start to wake. ‘Welcome to hell.’ I whisper in her ear. ‘Never again will you see the light of day.’”
Although authorities did determine that the blog was linked to the teen, they were not sure that the content posted was her original work. The blog is no longer online. Martinson shared that on March 17, 2015, she had an argument with her parents about moving out. She was to move in with a friend, yet her stepdad stopped her which resulted in a fight. Her sister shared with authorities that Ashlee’s parents discovered she had a 22-year-old boyfriend and were not going to allow the relationship to continue. They even sent the young man a message on Facebook telling him to stay away.
The teen relayed how she could not stand the thought of being imprisoned in their house any longer following her parents taking away her cell phone and car keys.
“‘Work and school was my freedom. He was going to take it all away. I was going to be 100 percent imprisoned in that house, and I believed him.’
“She said she grabbed her stepfather’s shotgun and went into her bedroom.
“‘I was sitting on my bed. I even had the end of it in my mouth, playing with the trigger,’ she told Crime Watch Daily. ‘Then I heard my stepdad. I was scared of him…. And I thought he was going to snap on me… I raised the gun and I pulled the trigger.’”
[Feature Image by Oneida County Sheriff’s Office/AP Images]