A Wisconsin teen named Ashlee Martinson used to blog under the name “Vampchick,” writing scary stories about death. In a new interview, she says she’s “happy” to be in prison for k*illing her mother and stepfather after being abused for a long time.
Martinson says, “I’m happy because I’m getting help right now,” in a clip from an upcoming prison interview with Crime Watch Daily that is only available here.
She says, “My sisters are safe. I know that sounds crazy because I’m in jail, but I feel free.” “I can say what I think now.” I’m allowed to think what I want. Every morning I can wake up knowing I’m safe.
Martinson, who was 17 at the time, ki*lled her mother by stabbing her more than 30 times and shot her stepfather twice with a shotgun in March 2015. She then ran away with her boyfriend, who was 22 at the time.
She was caught the next day. (The kil*lings were not linked to her boyfriend.)
Martinson finally admitted to k*illing the people and was given a 23-year prison sentence in June.
At first, the self-described “horror fanatic”‘s blog made people wonder what she was up to. But Martinson’s lawyers said that the teen had been physically, mentally, and verbally abused by her mother Jennifer Ayers and stepfather Thomas Ayers for a long time.
Martinson said Thomas abused her mother physically for years and also did bad things to her mind and speech.
Someone Said used to live next door said, “I don’t support murder, but a teen who has been abused for years can only take so much before they fight back.”
Don, Thomas’ brother, told PEOPLE that he didn’t like how his sister was portrayed as an abuser: “Thomas and Jennifer are being judged right now by what she is saying about them, but they aren’t here to defend themselves because she ki*lled them.”
“Did you hear that some people call me sick?” Martinson says in her new Crime Watch interview. She is now 19 years old. “I wish more people had met Thomas Ayers.” The real him, the way he was. Then everyone would know he was the monster.
Thomas made Martinson afraid that she and her younger sisters were “going to get ki*lled by” him. She also told Crime Watch about the day of the k*illings. It’s what she says: she first planned to kil*l herself.
“I brought the gun back to my room and sat down on my bed,” she says. “That was it for me.” I had to leave because I was done. There was no other way. As I played with the trigger, I even had the gun’s end in my mouth. It’s finished.
“Then I heard my stepdad coming up the stairs, and I knew I didn’t want to die after all.”
Martinson goes on, “I just snapped.” I raised the gun and pulled the trigger as soon as I saw him. I didn’t even know what I did because it happened so quickly.
The teen from Wisconsin also says she had a blackout and only attacked her mother after Jennifer stabbed her in the leg with a “decorative knife.”
As Martinson puts it, “I’m not a monster.” “I didn’t mean for any of this to happen.”
When asked about the graphic stories she wrote for her horror blog “Nightmare,” Martinson said, “The truth is, my writings have nothing to do with what I did.”