Who is Shawn Grate ?
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Shawn Michael Grate (born August 8, 1976) is an American convicted serial killer who was convicted on two counts of aggravated murder on May 7, 2018, in Ashland County, Ohio, pleaded guilty to two additional murders on March 1, 2019 in Richland County, Ohio, and who pleaded guilty to an additional murder on September 11, 2019 in Marion County, Ohio, According to his profile on Wikipedia.
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Shawn Grate was a serial killer active in Ohio for over a decade. He was, disturbingly, only caught, when a woman who he had kept captive managed to make a terrifying 911 call. But that was only the beginning.
— Obscura: A True Crime Podcast (@obscuracrimepod) May 11, 2019
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Lucky Dal wrote
I love how the killers are always crying and pleading for forgiveness in court. They aren’t sorry they killed people. They’re sorry they got caught.
Hayden S wrote
Why was he freed after 4 years when he was trying to kill someone!? If he was sentenced appropriately he wouldn’t have been free to commit further crimes. What a failure of justice.
Sonnie Owens wrote
As a juror on this trial….it will always haunt me! The things I had to hear…the things I had to see…the things I had to think about…will never leave my mind. It has by far been the worst thing I’ve had to experience in my 38 yrs of life! I had a part in sentencing him to death in Ashland Ohio!
*Steph’s* Beauty* wrote
He came into a bar I was working at and even then he made me feel uncomfortable. Just the way he looked. I had to walk home a few times and after I found out what he did, I was so greatful nothing happened to me.
Saifi Talat wrote
Wait so he beat up his girlfriend to the point she had to go to the emergency room, then evaded the cops, and then was found in her couch ready to do god knows what…and was sentenced to 180 days in jail? Lmao what a joke our justice system is.
This happened in my town. I was at the laundromat across the street the day before the girl he was holding captive made that chilling call to 911. I’d loaded the washing machines and went outside to sit on the bench by the door for a smoke. He came out of that house across the alley, lit a cigarette and began pacing back and forth on the front porch and keeping an eye on me. Knowing that house was supposed to be empty I wondered at first why he was there. I had the fleeting thought maybe I should call the police because he was trespassing.
Then I remembered the house belonged to Pumphouse Ministries and that they put up homeless men. I decided he was probably one of the homeless people and Pumphouse was letting him stay there.
He was giving me the creeps the way he kept looking at me so I went back inside the laundromat and watched him through the windows. He flicked his cigarette over the porch rail and went back inside the house. Little did I know he had his third victim captive in there.
It’s probably just as well that I didn’t call the police that day even though it meant that poor girl had to go through that torture a while longer. I’m so, so sorry. Had I called then about him they would have sent only two cops and they would have been ill prepared for that.
It could have ended in disaster if the police hadn’t been forewarned what was really going on in there. God works in strange ways sometimes. God knew she had to be rescued and Shawn had to be stopped and He also knew a mere knock on the door wouldn’t have done the job that needed to be done. So He gave her an opportunity and she took it. Thank God. That girl is a very brave girl. Shawn deserves the death penalty though he may never actually get it here in Ohio. At least he can’t hurt any more girls ever again.
Hot Off The Wheels wrote
If anyone ever tries to abduct you, fight for your life. Because your life does depend on those next few moments. It’s far better to fight where you are, than to go with the kidnapper or murderer. They’ve got evil evil evil on their minds, and once alone..there’s no one or nothing to stop them. So fight for your life right where you are. I’d rather die in the streets fighting for my life than to live for hours, days, weeks or months of torture only to still die. Jane Doe might have survived, but I guarantee hardly a day goes by she doesn’t have to relive that torment. She’s the real hero in this story.
lovesquid21 HBP wrote
I remember this day. I was on my way to work when I heard the sirens and suddenly news helicopters and vans rolled through the town. Ashland is a small town. For something like this to happen in the town where I grew up and lived is insane. Hell, I’ve served him beer at the bar I was working at during this time right up the road from the house he held her captive in. It’s truly disturbing. I’m grateful hes forever locked up.
Isabelle Reny wrote
FHDGSKJGH i literally couldnt stop thinking about dany devito being born like a baby calf from a couch when you said the culprit was hiding in the couch. thank you.
just by the way this story is legitimately tragic. i try to focus on the, funnier side? i guess so it doesnt ruin my day . i overthink alot.