Mum obsessed with serial killers laughed as she showed friend her lover's dead body on video

A mum obsessed with serial killers laughed as she showed her friend her lover’s dead body after killing him.
A mum obsessed with serial killers laughed as she showed her friend her lover’s dead body after killing him.

Shaye Groves had framed pictures of famous serial killers including Ted Bundy and Jeffrey Dahmer in her bedroom

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A mum obsessed with serial killers laughed as she showed a friend her lover’s dead body after killing him, a court heard.

True crime fan Shaye Groves had framed pictures of a number of famous serial killers including Ted Bundy and Jeffrey Dahmer around her bedroom.

She also owned “decorative” knives with various movie characters on who were known for murdering sprees.

The 27-year-old is accused of having slit the throat of Frankie Fitzgerald, 25, as he slept in her bed on July 17 before trying to portray herself as his victim.

Post-mortem tests showed Fitzgerald “suffered catastrophic blood loss” from a knife wound to his neck and also had 17 stab wounds to his chest, which happened as he was dying.

Groves is claimed to ahve then called her friend, Vicky Baitup and confessed to killing Fitzgerald before showing his body covered by a duvet and with a deep cut on his neck.

The prosecutor claimed the killing was a “crime of passion” driven by Groves’ jealousy.

The prosecutor claimed the killing was a “crime of passion” driven by Groves’ jealousy.
The prosecutor claimed the killing was a “crime of passion” driven by Groves’ jealousy.

Steven Perian KC said to the jury: “Their sex life involved bondage, dominance, submission and masochism – in short form, BDSM.

“It is very likely she was obsessed with Frankie Fitzgerald because of his performance in the bedroom.

“The prosecution case is that the defendant is a manipulative, possessive and jealous woman and in the early hours of July 17 last year she stabbed Frankie Fitzgerald multiple times with a knife in her bedroom and left him to die without seeking any medical assistance to save his life.

“The killing of Frankie Fitzgerald is very likely to be a crime of passion driven by her jealousy.”

He continued by explaining that Groves went through Fitzgerald’s mobile while he was sleeping and found out he was talking a 13-year-old girl.

“The defendant told Vicky Baitup, ‘I just lost it. I just lost it. I picked up my dagger and stabbed him in the neck’,” Perian said.

Groves had allegedly messaged Baitup in the morning and claimed their relationship was over.

Baitup notified the police and they arrived at the property to find a body, a weapon knife and Groves at the address.

Body-worn cameras recorded Groves telling officers Fitzgerald tried to attack her and she had footage of him raping and beating her.

However, Perian suggested edited footage sent by Groves to Baitup claiming she was a victim of rape was actually consensual when the original footage was uncovered by police.

Perian explained: “The Crown say that when the May 30 CCTV recordings are viewed in context, it contradicts the defendant’s account of the three short video clips she sent to Vicky Baitup saying there had been non-consensual sexual violence by Frankie Fitzgerald on her.

“It also contracts what she told the police – that he had tried to attack her and it was not the first time and she had video footage of him raping and beating her.”

Jurors were told Fitzgerald’s murder was planned because Groves told Baitup of an earlier scheme to kill him.

“The Crown say it doesn’t matter whether Vicky Baitup thought it was a joke, but it provides an insight into this defendant’s mind of her ability to plan an attack on Frankie Fitzgerald and engineer a situation whereby she would be considered a victim,” he said.

“This is what we suggest she did when she killed Frankie Fitzgerald.”

She also owned “decorative” knives with various movie characters on who were known for murdering sprees.
She also owned “decorative” knives with various movie characters on who were known for murdering sprees.

Perian added: “Where would the defendant have got the insight from to plan the details of the attack and to make it look like she was the victim of an assault?

“The answer was provided by Vicky Baitup in her interview. The defendant has many gangster books like Charles Bronson in her bookcase.

“She has serial killer pictures all in frames on her wall and she watches murder documentaries.

“The Crown say that the defendant – by reading about and watching murder documentaries – she was familiar with crime scenes, how to create a false narrative and how to set up a false alibi.

“The Crown say that when you hear the evidence during the trial, it is open to you to conclude that she deliberately set up a false narrative of being abused by Frankie Fitzgerald, a false alibi she sent to Vicky Baitup and was cleaning the crime scene having watched these documentaries.”

Groves, who also goes by the surname Corrigan, of Botley Drive, Havant, denies murder.

The trial continues.