White On White Crime: Becky Stabs Boyfriend To Death As He Slept
A true crime-obsessed mother, who had framed pictures of serial killers including Ted Bundy and Jeffrey Dahmer on her walls, smiled as she was convicted of murdering her boyfriend in a crazed knife attack.
'Manipulative and jealous' Shaye Groves, 27, faces life in jail for stabbing father-of-two Frankie Fitzgerald 22 times while he slept after seeing he had messaged a teenager.
The five-week trial heard that the pair shared a mutual interest in BDSM and a camera was set up in the killer's bedroom at her home in Havant, Hampshire, to record them having sex.
On her walls Groves had framed pictures of serial killers crying blood including Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe, Moors Murderer Myra Hindley and incestuous serial killer Rose West.
She also collected books about gangsters, including the notorious prisoner Charles Bronson, and was a fan of true-crime documentaries.
Jurors were told the 27-year-old, who rang a friend 'giggling' after killing Mr Fitzgerald - showing his body saying 'I've done him' - had previously threatened to make his life 'a misery' by leaking videos of alleged sexual abuse which were later proven to be bogus.
The crazy white devil then tried to cover her tracks with a 'false alibi' by calling her friend.
At Winchester Crown Court today, a jury found Groves guilty of murder after deliberating for nearly 18 hours.
Wearing a denim jacket with a large pentagram emblazoned on the back, and with tattoos visible on her face, Groves smiled as she was taken down to the cells after the unanimous verdict.
Addressing the jury, the Honourable Mr Justice Tim Kerr said: 'It just remains for me to thank you for the dedication and work you have done on the case.
'This has been a long and difficult case in which you have heard, at times, distressing evidence.
'I propose to exclude you from jury service for a period of eight years from today. I personally as a judge and institution am deeply grateful to you. My heartfelt and profound thanks.'
Groves will be sentenced next week.
During the trial, jurors heard 'pagan' Groves bought a Celtic dagger, later used to stab Mr Fitzgerald, 25, for her 'rituals' and that it 'strengthened spiritual connections'.
As well as posters of killers such as Rose West and Ted Bundy, Groves had a coffin-shaped bookcase and four 'decorative' knives - with depictions of film villains Chucky, Jigsaw and Pennywise on - which she and Mr Fitzgerald used for 'knife play' in the bedroom.
She was such a horror movie fan she gave housemate Lauren White the nickname of Chucky - a vicious serial killer from the Child's Play slasher film franchise.
A friend of Groves' said the two had 'joked' about Mr Fitzgerald ending up 'on the wall' as there was 'space for him'.
Opening the case, prosecutor Steven Perian KC, said of Groves and Fitzgerald: 'Their sex life involved bondage, dominance submission and masochism - BDSM.
'It is likely she was obsessed with Frankie Fitzgerald because of his performance in the bedroom.
'The prosecution case is the defendant is a manipulative, possessive and jealous woman.
'The killing is very likely to have been a crime of passion driven by her jealousy.'
Afterwards Groves video-called her friend, Vikki Baitup, 'giggling' and 'admitted' the killing.
Telling jurors about the call, Mr Perian KC continued: 'The defendant went to the bedroom three times and showed the body of Frankie Fitzgerald covered in a duvet.
'She said they were lying in bed together and Frankie Fitzgerald was asleep.
'The defendant was going through his messages and saw he had been talking to a 13 year old girl and while Mr Fitzgerald was asleep, she put a dagger in his throat waking him up.
'He moved and they started fighting.'
He continued: 'While the defendant was on the video chat, she could be seen cleaning the bookcase with blood on it. She showed a book and showed blood spots.
'Ms Baitup recalls at some point during the video chat, hearing Ms White say 'I'm going to crack'
'The defendant told Ms White, 'You can't crack you're an accomplice, you put the bin bags under his body'.'
The court heard Groves had sent a message to Ms Baitup to create a 'false alibi' in order to 'cover her arse' where she claimed Mr Fitzgerald had 'walked out' on her and that it was 'over' between the two of them.
On the phone call with Ms Baitup, Groves explained her logic, saying Mr Fitzgerald had been 'suicidal anyway' and that 'it was alright, they'll just assume he has gone off and committed suicide'.
'When asked what she was going to do with the body, the defendant replied 'it's alright, we are going to bury it in the back garden'', Mr Perian said.
A pathologist's report revealed Mr Fitzgerald was stabbed 17 times to the front of the chest, twice to other chest areas and three to times to the neck - resulting in his death after 'multiple perforations of heart and lungs' and 'catastrophic blood loss'.
Footage from officers who arrived at the scene was played to the court, who reported an 'incredibly strong' smell of bleach in the bedroom.
Groves could be heard saying: 'He tried to attack me, it's not the first time, I've got video footage of him raping me and beating me.'
The couple had a camera set up in the bedroom which captured them having sex - the recordings of which Groves was said to use to blackmail lovers and claimed Mr Fitzgerald had been abusing her.
However, Mr Perian highlighted a recording that showed the activity was 'consensual' because they had spoken about their 'safe word' 'red light'.
The court heard 'cunning and astute' Groves had spoken with friends about getting Mr Fitzgerald 'down a dark alley' and 'get away' with murder and had been violent towards Ms White, only calming down when she 'saw a bit of blood'.
Mr Perian said: 'The defendant had many gangster books, like Charles Bronson and has serial killer pictures in frames on her wall and watches murder documentaries.
'The Crown say by reading about and watching these she was familiar with: a crime scene, how to create a false narrative and how to create a false alibi.'
Addressing Groves' claims of self-defense, Mr Perian said: 'If the killing was in self defense, why go about setting such an elaborate false alibi for yourself? 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 ploy - nothing was affecting her mind at that time.'
Giving evidence Groves said she had the serial killer posters because she thought they looked 'pretty cool' and had attacked Mr Fitzgerald because she thought he was going to 'strangle me to death' after she saw he had been messaging a teenager and he attacked her.
She said: 'I couldn't breathe - I couldn't even scream. I realized he wasn't going to let go and I feared for my life. 'I reached out to grab an object on the bookcase and I hit him in the throat. I have a money box there and I thought that if I hit him with that it would get him off. 'He rolled off (...) and he stood up and slid down the wall really slowly. 'There was bubbling coming out of his neck when he stopped moving. 'His chest wasn't moving. It was just the noise. When that happened I realized that I had killed him. 'I tried to stop the bubbling. I put my hand there but that didn't do anything so I stabbed him in the heart.' Groves will be sentenced at Winchester Crown Court next week.