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At the time Brian Nichols is said to have broken into Ashley's apartment, she was struggling to quit her addiction to methamphetamines. Ashley says Nichols asked her if she had any marijuana that he could smoke. Without thinking, Ashley says she offered Nichols crystal meth instead. "It just came out of my mouth: 'I don't have any pot, but I have some ice,'" says Ashley. "And immediately I thought, 'What have you just done? You have just offered the thing that has ruined your life, and made you crazy, to a killer.'"

Nichols accepted and asked Ashley if she would take the drug as well. But at that moment, Ashley says she had a breakthrough: "That moment I heard God say to me, 'Ashley, you have got to do something good for your life right now. I'm going to give you one chance. You can do this with him, and I'm bringing you home because you're not going to stop. Or you can say no and I'll let you live to help people in the world.'"

Ashley says she provided Nichols with crystal meth but did not use it herself. "It was a total sigh of relief for me," says Ashley. "It was kind of like, 'Wow, I can breathe now.' I said no to something that has run my life for years."
FROM: Held Hostage by the Accused Atlanta Spree Killer: How Ashley Smith Survived
Published on September 28, 2005