Mother-of-one stabbed sleeping boyfriend to death and 'giggled' as she showed off corpse on video call

Mother-of-one stabbed sleeping boyfriend to death and 'giggled' as she showed off corpse on video call
Shaye Groves (L) stabbed her boyfriend Frankie Fitzgerald (R) to death while he was asleep (Facebook/Shaye.Groves, Hampshire Police)

WINCHESTER, ENGLAND: A British mum obsessed with serial killers reportedly "giggled" after viciously stabbing her boyfriend to death and video-calling a friend to show her the dead body.

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Shaye Groves, 27, who reportedly framed portraits of notorious killers including Ted Bundy and Jeffrey Dahmer in her bedroom, allegedly told her friend "I've done him" after killing her lover Frankie Fitzgerald while he was asleep. The mother-of-one is said to have used decorative knives in her bedroom for "knife play" and was reportedly into masochism, bondage, and submission with Fitzgerald at her Havant home. Groves is alleged to have stabbed Fitzgerald at least 22 times in a "crime of passion" on July 17 last year before conjuring a false alibi inspired by her favorite true crime documentaries. She has denied having anything to do with the murder.

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According to the Daily Mail, the couple had rekindled an old relationship after stumbling upon each other at a pub in Cosham, Hampshire, in January last year. Groves is said to have grown "obsessed" with Fitzgerald's "performance in the bedroom." The Winchester Crown Court heard how Groves video-called her friend Vikki Baitup following the murder and showed her the victim's lifeless body with "an enormous" knife wound. Baitup allegedly received a message from Groves in the early hours of July 17, where she hoped to create a "false alibi" by stating Fitzgerald had left her home. 

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Speaking to law enforcement, Baitup said Groves was "giggling" during the phone call and held a "very normal conversation" in which they discussed their weekend. She started a video call at some point, where she went upstairs to her bedroom and pointed the camera at Fitzgerald before declaring, "I've done him." Baitup told jurors that she "couldn't believe it was real" and asked if they were "having me on," when Groves went back up to her bedroom to show her Fitzgerald's body wrapped in a duvet and lying on bin bags. When Baitup raised her voice, Groves allegedly told her "shhh, the kids are in the house."

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"Groves got really close to the wound," Baitup recalled. "I don't think I had really grasped what happened earlier. The gash was so deep - it was enormous." When asked what had happened, Groves "calmly" explained that she had gone through his phone and found out he was texting a "teenage girl." Baitup continued, "While he was asleep she put the dagger through his neck and that's when he woke. He was asleep, she wasn't even in danger. I could understand if he was attacking her but she told me he was asleep and he couldn't even fight back." She said Groves had four "decorative" knives in her bedroom for her and Fitzgerald as both of them were into knife play during intercourse. The knives reportedly had depictions of movie villains including Chuckie, Jigsaw, and Pennywise — and were easily accessible to anyone.



 

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Baitup told jurors that Groves had "watched enough murder documentaries" and knew her plan to bury her lover's body "in the back garden" was a bad idea. Speaking of her interest in serial killers, Baitup said Groves had framed portraits of Ted Bundy and Jeffrey Dahmer. The alleged killer was also known to "carry a knife" with her "for safety" while walking alone in the evenings. Baitup said Groves' last words at the end of the call were, "We're still friends, aren't we?"

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According to a pathologist's report presented in court, Fitzgerald was stabbed 17 times to the front of the chest, twice to other chest areas, and three times to the neck. He died after "multiple perforations of heart and lungs" followed by "catastrophic blood loss." Officers who responded to the scene reported an "incredibly strong" smell of bleach in the bedroom. Video footage of their arrival caught Groves saying, "I was going to call you myself. I don't know what the f*** happened." She claimed to the authorities that Fitzgerald had tried to hurt her and that she had video footage of him raping and attacking her. "He's dead. He's in my room, it's a mess, it really is a mess," she was heard telling the officers. "I still took somebody's life. The knife I used is in the sink - the cut on his neck is pretty brutal, when I put it in his neck he rolled over." Groves has denied murder and claimed she acted in self-defense. The murder trial is still ongoing.

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