True crime fangirl ‘giggled’ at boyfriend’s murder with Celtic Dagger

A “dark and twisted” woman obsessed with serial killers and true crime documentaries has been found guilty of murdering her boyfriend with a Celtic dagger.

After a five-week trial at Winchester Crown Court, Shaye Groves, 27, was found guilty of the murder of her boyfriend Frankie Fitzgerald, 25, in Havant, England, in July last year.

Groves, who had pictures of prominent serial killers like Jeffrey Dahmer framed on her wall, is said to have gone into a jealous rage after spotting text messages on her boyfriend’s cellphone and then eventually stabbed him 22 times while he slept, according to the local Portsmouth newspaper stabbing the Celtic dagger into his heart to stop the ‘bubbling noise’ as he lay dying The news.

After Mr. Fitzgerald died with “catastrophic” blood loss, Groves began putting together a “fake alibi” constructed from ideas she picked up while watching true crime documentaries. The Telegraph reports.

The court heard she tried to “cover her ass” by texting a friend, Vikki Baitup, that Fitzgerald had left her home after an argument, despite his body being wrapped in a blanket and garbage bags in hers at the time room was wrapped .

Groves later video called her friend and confessed to the murder, giggling as she told Baitup that her boyfriend was “suicidal anyway” and that “it was fine, they’ll just assume he left and committed suicide.” “.

Groves changed her story again in court, trying to convince the jury that she had killed Fitzegerald in self-defense, claiming that she had attacked him instead of sleeping after he pinned her to the bed after an argument.

During the trial, prosecutor Steven Perian KC challenged the self-defense narrative: “If the murder was in self-defense, why would you set yourself up such an elaborate false alibi? Why didn’t she call the police immediately? Why did she clean up the crime scene? Why did she move the body?

“It was a cunning trick — nothing was affecting her mind at the time.”

Groves later admitted in court, “I lost control for a second…more than a second to be honest. It was over in seconds.”

The court also heard of her apparent fixation with serial killers, with posters of the likes of Ted Bundy and Rose West on her wall, as well as a coffin-shaped bookshelf on which she kept a collection of “decorative” knives.

“The defendant had a lot of gangster books, like Charles Bronson, and has pictures of serial killers in frames on her wall and watches murder documentaries,” the prosecutor said.

“The Crown says that by reading and looking at these images she was familiar with a crime scene, how to create a false narrative and how to create a false alibi.”

In response to the sentencing, the family of Fitzgerald, a father of one, said in a statement: “As a parent you never expect your children to survive, you will do everything in your power to protect them. Frankie was our baby, the youngest of five children, whom he can never replace.

“He was a kind and beautiful person and sadly leaves behind two children who will never know their father. We would like to thank the jury for their decision today. To our Frankie, we love and miss you more than anything in this world. Your shining light will always be in our hearts”

Groves will be sentenced for the murder next week.

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