Two Australian women who had aspirations to become serial killers could spend the rest of their lives behind bars after they killed an autistic teen for the “thrill” of killing. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court of Western Australia handed down life sentences for both women, with the possibility of parole after serving 28 years behind bars.
BBC reports that Trudi Lenon, 44, and Jemma Lilley, 26, murdered 18-year-old Aaron Pajich on June 1, 2016, inside their Perth home. Aaron, who had Asperger’s syndrome, was a computer gamer who thought the convicts were his friends.
According to court records, Lilley had a fascination with murder and serial killers, and was said to be obsessed with “A Nightmare on Elm Street” movie character, Freddy Krueger. Lilley and Lenon wed in 2016, and Lilley shared her twisted fantasies with her new wife, who at the time worked as a “submissive” in Perth’s BDSM community. Further, Lilley explained in a 200-page journal how she had plans to kill before she turned 25, and that murder was part of her bucket list.
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“It was all about torture and very violent and no empathy for the victims,” said Lilley’s former stepmother, Nina Lilley. “She always had an obsession with serial killers as a teenager but said it was a way of venting her frustration.”
After marriage, the pair began a dominant-submissive relationship with each other and within weeks, started plans to go on a killing spree, with Aaron being chosen as the first victim. Aaron and Lenon knew each other after attending the same vocational college.
Lenon invited Aaron over to her home under the false promises of trading video games with her son. When Aaron arrived, Lilley jumped on him and attempted to strangle him with a wire, but the wire snapped in half. Lenon then pinned the victim down, who weighed 112 pounds, while Lilley stabbed him twice in the neck, followed by once in the chest.
The pair later attempted to clean up the blood stains by cutting a square of their carpet out and burying it in their yard.
“I am seeing things I haven’t seen before. I’m feeling things I haven’t felt before,” Lilley wrote after the murder. “It’s incredibly empowering. Thank you.”
During the investigation, detectives discovered the text exchange between Lenon and Aaron, which led them to the convicts’ home. While searching the home, authorities found a bone saw, knives, a machete, and other incriminating evidence. Surveillance footage from a security camera showed the teen entering the pair’s home the day he was murdered.
The pair turned on each other upon arrest, accusing each other of the murder. Regardless, prosecution produced enough evidence to prove both women participated in Aaron’s murder.
“I hope you regret what you’ve done,” Aaron’s stepmother, Veronica Desmond said to the women after their sentencing. “I hope you rot.”
[Feature Photo: Aaron Pajich/Handout]