Ja­son was ready to leave killer wife Molly

Irish Independent - - Front Page - Ralph Riegel

MUR­DERED Ir­ish busi­ness­man Ja­son Cor­bett had a bag packed and was pre­par­ing to take his two chil­dren back to Ire­land when he was beaten to death in his sleep by his Amer­i­can wife and her fa­ther.

The bag – which con­tained cloth­ing for his chil­dren Jack and Sarah – had mysteriously van­ished from the mur­der scene when David­son County Sher­iff Depart­ment of­fi­cers arrived at Mr Cor­bett’s home on Au­gust 2, 2015. Mr Cor­bett’s wife, Molly Martens (34), and her re­tired FBI agent fa­ther, Thomas Martens (67), are now serv­ing life sen­tences in North Carolina pris­ons for the bru­tal mur­der of Mr Cor­bett.

Their mur­der trial heard traces of a seda­tive pre­scribed to Ms Martens were found in Mr Cor­bett’s sys­tem.

The 39-year-old was beaten to death with a metal base­ball bat and con­crete brick. It has now been re­vealed in a new book by Mr Cor­bett’s sis­ter, Tracey Cor­bett-Lynch, that her brother was mur­dered just hours be­fore he had planned to bring his chil­dren back to Lim­er­ick.

MUR­DERED Ir­ish busi­ness­man Ja­son Cor­bett had a bag packed at his North Carolina home and was pre­par­ing to take his two chil­dren back to Ire­land when he was beaten to death in his sleep by his Amer­i­can wife and her fa­ther.

The bag – which con­tained cloth­ing for his chil­dren, Jack and Sarah – had mysteriously van­ished from the mur­der scene when David­son County Sher­iff Depart­ment of­fi­cers arrived at Mr Cor­bett’s home in the early hours of Au­gust 2, 2015.

Mr Cor­bett’s wife, Molly Martens (34), and her re­tired FBI agent fa­ther, Thomas Martens

(67), are now serv­ing 20 to 25year sen­tences in high-se­cu­rity North Carolina pris­ons for the bru­tal sec­ond-de­gree mur­der of Mr Cor­bett.

Their mur­der trial heard traces of a seda­tive pre­scribed to Ms Martens were found in Mr Cor­bett’s sys­tem – and that he had suf­fered such hor­rific dam­age to his skull af­ter be­ing struck by a metal base­ball bat and con­crete brick that a pathol­o­gist could not count the pre­cise num­ber of blows in­flicted.

It has now been re­vealed in a new book by Mr Cor­bett’s sis­ter, Tracey Cor­bett-Lynch, that her brother was mur­dered just hours be­fore he had planned to bring his chil­dren, Jack and Sarah, back to Lim­er­ick.

‘My Brother Ja­son’ is pub­lished to­day by Gill Books. The book will be se­ri­alised in the Ir­ish In­de­pen­dent to­mor­row.

Ms Cor­bett-Lynch will appear on RTÉ’s ‘The Late Late Show’ tonight to dis­cuss the book, all the pro­ceeds of which will go to­wards her brother’s or­phaned chil­dren.

The book re­veals that Mr Cor­bett had been re­search­ing flights back to Shan­non for him­self and his two chil­dren – but the com­puter on which he had been check­ing the flights also van­ished from his Pan­ther Creek Court home in North Carolina.

The com­puter was never found. His mo­bile phone sim­i­larly van­ished from his prop­erty.

Mr Cor­bett made the de­ci­sion to bring the chil­dren back to Ire­land af­ter a re­lent­less campaign by his sec­ond wife for her to be al­lowed to adopt the two chil­dren who were born to his first wife, Mar­garet ‘Mags’ Fitz­patrick (30), who died of an asthma at­tack in 2006.

The book also de­tailed the break­down in the re­la­tion­ship be­tween Mr Cor­bett and Ms Martens, who had a long his­tory of men­tal health issues.

The Ten­nessee-born woman, whom Mr Cor­bett met when she flew to Ire­land to work as a nanny for his chil­dren, had se­cretly gone to a di­vorce lawyer just weeks af­ter she mar­ried the Ir­ish busi­ness­man in June 2011.

Her pri­mary query was what cus­tody rights she had to Mr Cor­bett’s two chil­dren by his first wife.

Mr Cor­bett stead­fastly re­fused to al­low Ms Martens to adopt his chil­dren amid con­cerns over her men­tal health.

Both his chil­dren had been told in the days be­fore his death they would be mov­ing back to Ire­land.

Ms Cor­bett-Lynch also re­vealed an in­sur­ance pol­icy payable on Ms Martens’s hus­band’s death had been al­tered in the months be­fore Au­gust 2015.

The pol­icy had, on her brother’s in­sis­tence, listed his two chil­dren as well as his Amer­i­can wife as ben­e­fi­cia­ries, Ms Martens get­ting 50pc and his two chil­dren 25pc each.

How­ever, the pol­icy was changed – re­motely by com­puter a few months be­fore the mur­der – so that Ms Martens

The day be­fore his death, Mr Cor­bett was hu­mil­i­ated over his weight by Ms Martens in front of friends and neigh­bours – and was so hurt he left a party

was the sole ben­e­fi­ciary at the time of her hus­band’s death.

Incredibly, Ms Martens had also hid­den record­ing de­vices through­out their home – even un­der the driver’s seat of her hus­band’s car.

One of the record­ing de­vices was dis­cov­ered by one of Mr Cor­bett’s chil­dren, who thought it was a lost mo­bile phone.

Ms Martens had also re­peat­edly com­plained to neigh­bours about how Mr Cor­bett treated her – de­spite the fact that, in the 10 months be­fore his death, she had spent $90,000 (€80,000) on cloth­ing, meals, hol­i­days and trin­kets for her­self.

Mr Cor­bett was so wor­ried about house­hold spend­ing he had pleaded with his wife to ad­here to a spe­cial bud­get.

She had also hinted to neigh­bours she was the vic­tim of do­mes­tic abuse – but the book re­veals one of Mr Cor­bett’s chil­dren came across Ms Martens de­lib­er­at­ing strik­ing her­self with a heavy hair­brush so as to leave a bruise.

Some neigh­bours were so wor­ried by her bizarre claims they con­sid­ered bring­ing her al­le­ga­tions to the at­ten­tion of Mr Cor­bett in the weeks be­fore his mur­der.

Just the day be­fore his death, Mr Cor­bett had been hu­mil­i­ated over his weight by Ms Martens in front of both friends and neigh­bours – and he was so hurt by her com­ments he left a lo­cal party and went home alone.

His last so­cial me­dia post was about how peo­ple would ques­tion all the good things about you but be­lieve the bad things with­out a sec­ond thought.

Ms Cor­bett-Lynch re­vealed that party hu­mil­i­a­tion was the fi­nal straw for her brother over his wife’s bizarre be­hav­iour and he be­gan plans to bring his chil­dren back to Ire­land.

Her brother had even be­gun plans to in­vest in a busi­ness in Lim­er­ick.

Molly Martens and her fa­ther Thomas (in­set) were found guilty of the bru­tal mur­der of Ja­son Cor­bett (far left)

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