A blog post laid bare Elisha Greer’s carefree Australian holiday – before it was interrupted by the ‘psycho’ Marcus Martin
A British backpacker described herself as struggling with money, open-minded and ‘hoping to meet interesting people’ in a carefree holiday blog in the months before she was abducted by a madman.
Elisha Greer, 23, from Liverpool, England, was road tripping around Australia in early 2017 when she met Marcus Martin at a ‘bush doof’, or outdoor dance party, in Cairns.
She thought Martin was a ‘just a nice guy’ – and did not realise how dangerous and deranged he was until it was too late.
Over five days in March, the ‘psycho’ forced her to drive 1600km through the Queensland outback, beat her and even tried to get her pregnant so she would feel as if she couldn’t leave him.
While Ms Greer escaped, and bravely spoke out on Channel Seven’s Sunday Night program this week, a blog post has made clear how Martin shattered her carefree existence.
Ms Greer’s accommodation website profile was like any other backpacker’s – displaying happy tourist shots and detailing skills that could help her get by, such as hairdressing
Writing on accommodation website Couchsurfing.com, Ms Greer posted pictures of her happy holiday up the country’s east coast and described how she had travelled from Brisbane to Cairns.
‘My name is Elisha, I’m from England, Liverpool,’ she said. ‘I’m an open minded person.
‘(I’m) here (on couchsurfing.com) because I’m travelling up to Cairns and staying in certain towns for a night or 2.
‘Hoping I’ll meet some interesting people on the way!
‘Also, I am really struggling with money at the moment as I have spent it all on a trip from Brisbane to Cairns.’
Ms Greer said she had some helpful skills including hairdressing, barbering and applying make-up.
‘I’m spending over a month travelling the whole east coast, I’m going to be doing some amazing things on my way up,’ she said.
Little did she she know just what she would be subjected to after meeting Martin in the country’s north.
Ms Greer spoke out about her terrifying ordeal on Sunday as graphic photos of her battered and bruised face were shown for the first time.
It all began when she met Martin at the dance party on Australia Day (January 26) 2017.
At the time, friends said the backpacker appeared to be under her attacker’s ‘spell’. Within days their relationship began to sour as he became ‘obsessive and clingy.’
Martin would apologise for beating her but he continued to perpetrate the horrendous abuse
Martin raped Ms Greer in a hotel room in Cairns and kidnapped her.
Ms Greer claims Martin went as far as throwing away her birth control in an attempt to get her pregnant.
‘Maybe he thought that he could control me more if I was with his child,’ Ms Greer told Channel Seven’s Sunday Night.
She recalled how Martin held a gun to her head as they drove 1600km through the Queensland outback for five days from March 1.
‘I was forced to drive the car with the gun to my head,’ she said.
Asked what she thought Martin would do if she refused to do what he told her, Ms Greer replied ‘he’d kill me’.
She had so much hatred for Martin she considered killing him while he was asleep: ‘I did genuinely think about killing him with the knife.
Ms Greer suffered extensive injuries (pictured) at the hands of her kidnapper Marcus Martin
‘But then if I stabbed him and… or I missed and he woke up, and then he’d turn around and do something worse to me.
‘I didn’t wanna make a silly mistake, so I just took the risk of… let’s hope someone does help me.’
Ms Greer suffered extensive injuries at the hands of Martin, who would beg her for forgiveness after every assault.
‘He broke my nose, split my eyebrow open, I had various amounts of bite marks all up and down my arms.
‘I had bite marks on my face, he had stabbed me in the neck with the key, I had two black eyes, hand prints all over my body from bruises. So many bruises,’ she said.
‘My face was… It was purple. It was completely purple. And I was just trying to stare at people until they looked at me, to the point where they went like, “Bloody hell. Like, she might need help”.’
Ms Greer was driving a white Mitsubishi Pajero through Mitchell when she stopped at a petrol station to fill up.
The pair drove together for nearly 1,500km (932 miles) before the woman was pulled over by police with Martin hiding in the back of the car (pictured)
The assaults were brought to the attention of police after the British woman (pictured at the petrol station on CCTV) drove from a petrol station without paying
The service station attendant, Beverley Page, remembered her being in a ‘state of shock when she came in, almost zombie like’.
The attendant said she had tears streaming down her face and was unable to pay for the fuel.
‘She was in a state of shock when she came in, almost zombie-like,’ Ms Page said at the time.
‘To see a young girl that upset, and with black eyes. She had said she had come from England.
‘To know that she was over here and she didn’t have anyone to contact… I made the decision to follow her because I thought that if I could get the registration number I’d be able to file a report to the police.’
The victim drove off without paying and the attendant immediately called police.
Horrifying ordeal: Elisha Greer (pictured), 23, was taken on a road trip from hell by Marcus Martin, 24, after they met at a party in Cairns, north Queensland in January 2017
A dramatic rescue took place hours later when police pulled over the four-wheel drive, finding the distraught and badly beaten Ms Greer at the wheel.
An inspection of the car revealed her captor hiding in the back.
‘I saw blue flashing lights and my heart sank, but in a way of relief. It was like, “Oh yes, I’m getting caught”,’ she said.
TIMELINE OF HORROR 2017 ROAD TRIP
Ms Greer meets man, 22, at a ‘bush doof’ party in Cairns
The 21-year-old tourist was raped in a Cairns hotel room
The woman was forced to drive the suspect as they travelled south. She was beaten and repeatedly raped during this time
Ms Greer was rescued after being pulled over by police. The man was arrested and charged
Martin was arrested and charged before pleading guilty in October last year to three counts of rape and one count of deprivation of liberty.
He earlier pleaded guilty to supplying dangerous drugs, willful damage, assault occasioning bodily harm and strangulation.
Prosecutors discontinued ten other charges of rape, cruelty to animals, and torture.
Martin is due to be sentenced on May 28.
‘Hate’s too soft. He’s just a vile human being,’ Ms Greer said.
Despite her trip of a lifetime two years ago ruined by the terrifying ordeal, she hopes to return to Australia one day.
‘I’d love to live here. It’s one of the nicest countries I’ve ever been to.
‘Every country has its own psychos.’
MADMAN KIDNAPPER’S EX-GIRLFRIEND COMES FORWARD
Hannah Crockett (pictured) was in a relationship with Marcus Martin before he held a British backpacker captive. Crockett says Martin was also physically violent towards her
Marcus Martin’s ex-girlfriend has also come forward and detailed her time with him just six months prior to the disturbing kidnapping.
Hannah Crockett told Sunday Night she met Martin in Coffs Harbour on the NSW mid north coast and he moved in with her within days.
‘He dressed well. He spoke well. He came off as a good person. Like, yeah, he’d done silly things, but don’t we all?,’ Ms Crockett said.
‘He made me feel special, and… he made me believe that he would help.’
Martin soon became violent and possessive of her but she still followed him to Cairns even after he threatened her with a knife.
‘I didn’t know where to go. I didn’t know who to turn to, I guess. Guess I didn’t want to be alone. But in the end being alone would have been better,’ Ms Crockett said.
‘He tried to set me on fire, in my own house. That was after slicing me with a sword. He was crazy. There’s no other way to put it.
‘Completely and utterly bats**t crazy. It just got to the point where I just become numb. And it was just easier just to do as I was told, or…..whatever it may be.’
Ms Crockett eventually fled to a women’s refuge after she found herself pregnant and alone.
She says she was dumped by Martin after her car was written off in a car accident and was unable to drive him around anymore.
‘He just used me for his own… for his own gain. And when he realised I had nothing left to give – not even myself any more – that was it,’ she said.
‘My plan was to get him charged when I was there, and I wish I did because then, maybe, none of what the other girl went through would have happened.’