A serial killer-obsessed woman brutally murdered her boyfriend and “giggled” as she showed his dead body while video-calling a friend, a court in the United Kingdom heard.
Shaye Groves, 27, is accused of murdering Frankie Fitzgerald, 25, in a “crime of passion” at her home before boasting, “I’ve done him.”
The mother-of-one, a true-crime fan who had pictures of serial killers such as Ted Bundy and Jeffrey Dahmer on her bedroom wall, allegedly knifed Fitzgerald 22 times in the neck and chest after becoming enraged when she discovered he had been messaging a 13-year-old girl on his phone.
Jurors at her Winchester Crown Court trial heard how she was “obsessed” with Fitzgerald’s “performance in the bedroom,” with their sex life involving bondage, dominance, submission, and masochism, according to the Daily Mail.
The court heard that the defendant “has many gangster books, like Charles Bronson, on her bookcase,” as well as pictures of serial killers, The Sun reported. Bronson has been described as Britain’s “most notorious prisoner.”
Groves was described as a “manipulative, possessive, and jealous woman” who stabbed father-of-one Fitzgerald at her home in Havant, Hampshire, in July 2022 and then left him to die.
“The killing of Frankie Fitzgerald is very likely to be a crime of passion driven by her jealousy,” said prosecutor Steven Perian.
Groves is said to have telephoned her friend Vikki Baitup afterward and told her: “I just lost it. I just lost it. I picked up my dagger and stabbed him in the neck.”
Baitup then alerted police, telling a call handler that Groves had video-called her and shown her Fitzgerald’s body.
Baitup stated in a police interview that when she first received the call, Groves was “giggling away” and spoke as if they were having a “very normal” conversation.
However, Groves went upstairs into her bedroom and pointed the camera at Fitzgerald, telling her, “I’ve done him.”
The court heard that Baitup initially thought it was a joke, but Groves showed her Fitzgerald’s body – wrapped in a duvet and lying on bin bags – twice more and she saw a “enormous” gash on his throat.
Groves allegedly owned four “decorative” knives depicting movie villains such as Chuckie, Jigsaw, and Pennywise, which she and Fitzgerald used for “knife play” in her bedroom with Fitzgerald.
It’s alleged she made a “false alibi” after killing her boyfriend, inspired by tips from true-crime documentaries, and then cleaned up afterwards, with police noticing an “incredibly strong” smell of bleach when they arrived at her home.
Groves is said to have fabricated claims that her boyfriend had abused and raped her, and had previously threatened to make his life “a misery” by leaking videos of the pair, the court heard.
Baitup told cops she suspected Groves got a “thrill” out of her “abusive” sexual relationship with her boyfriend.
The court heard that the couple, who’d allegedly started using cocaine together in the months before the killing, had a camera set up in the bedroom that captured them having sex, with Groves blackmailing lovers using such recordings.
She is accused of threatening an ex-boyfriend by showing a video of them having sex to his new girlfriend.
Groves claims she was acting in self-defense when she committed the murder.