Saturday 24 March 2018

Profile: Molly Martens

Molly Martens Picture: Mark Condren
Molly Martens Picture: Mark Condren

Molly Martens was brought up outside Knoxville, Tennessee, in the southern part of the United States.

Born in 1984, she was the only daughter of Thomas Michael Martens, an agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and his wife, Sharon. Molly has three brothers - one older, Bobby, and two younger, Connor and Stewart.

She attended high school in Tennessee before attending a prestigious Carolina college. Up until her early 20s, she lived in North Carolina and Georgia, mostly residing in a condo owned by her parents.

Molly briefly worked as a model and was a talented swimmer in her teenage years.

In later years, she worked in a restaurant and was involved in a relationship with a young man from Ohio in her early 20s.

However, she suddenly decided on a total change in direction in her life in 2008. Aged 24, she applied for a job as a nanny-au pair for an Irish businessman, Jason Corbett, who had two young children and had lost his wife in tragic circumstances.

Some time after taking up the position, Molly became romantically involved with Jason.

Many were taken by how Molly doted on Jason's two children, Jack and Sarah.

By 2011, they were engaged and set a wedding date for June 4 that year. Molly wanted to be married in her native Tennessee.

The Corbett family travelled en masse to the US for the ceremony at Bleak House, a famous manor associated with the Confederacy and Tennessee aristocracy.

Molly was walked down the aisle by her retired FBI agent father Thomas.

At Molly's request, both of Jason's children had prominent roles in the wedding ceremony, his son Jack as a ring bearer and his daughter Sarah as a flower girl.

By that point, Molly had indicated she was struggling to settle in Limerick and wanted to move back to the US.

With her husband able to transfer to his company's plant in Lexington, she quickly settled on Davidson County and a luxury new development at Panther Creek for their new home.

Her husband bought the property for $390,000 (€331,800) in cash. The property boasts its own golf club, pool, tennis courts and even specially designed children's playground. It also had the attraction of being only four hours drive from Knoxville and Molly's extended family.

The couple enjoyed a comfortable life in North Carolina.

However, problems began to emerge in their marriage, mostly over how Jason was homesick for Ireland and how he declined to sign adoption papers to offer Molly equal rights to his two children.

Neighbours were shocked though on August 2, 2015, when Davidson County Sheriff's Department officers and paramedics raced to Panther Creek where Jason had been found with critical head injuries. He was pronounced dead before he could be rushed to hospital.

Irish Independent

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