Surveillance video shows accused serial killer Shawn Grate's life behind bars

Shawn Grate's life behind bars includes watching Cleveland 19
Shawn Grate reading the bible. (Source: WOIO/Ashland County Jail)
Shawn Grate reading the bible. (Source: WOIO/Ashland County Jail)
Shawn Grate sleeping in jail cell. (Source: WOIO / Ashland County Jail)
Shawn Grate sleeping in jail cell. (Source: WOIO / Ashland County Jail)

ASHLAND, OH (WOIO) - Every minute of accused serial killer Shawn Grate's time behind bars has been captured on camera and he spends most of his time sleeping and watching television.

Grate spends much of his time sleeping soundly in his solitary cell, not rising one morning until almost noon.

Grate is also seen watching national and local news and seeming to take a particular interest when local stations cover his alleged crimes. On Sept. 16, three days after his arrest, Grate is seen flipping through the channels on his personal flat screen television. He reaches Cleveland 19 and sees a report focusing on the remains of the women he allegedly killed being found.

He almost immediately stops flipping channels,turns up the volume, puts down the remote and raptly watches the report.

Other than local news, Grate has been seen watching afternoon talk shows, cage fighting, and other programs including sport reports. No shortage of television time it seems.

Grate is accused of killing multiple women in three Northeast Ohio counties. He was arrested on Sept. 13 after he allegedly abducted a woman who called 911 while he was sleeping. On the 911 call she asks police to "please hurry."

When police arrived on the scene, they found Grate, the alleged abduction victim and the bodies of Stacey Stanley and Elizabeth Griffith in a vacant home.

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Grate has been charged with the abduction and sexual assault of the woman who called 911, and the murders of Stanley and Griffith. Authorities have said that after his arrest Grate told them he had killed another woman earlier this summer and a fourth woman sometime around 2005.

Grate allegedly told authorities that he wanted to clear his conscience after finding God, and agreed to tell an investigator everything.

He is observed reading the Bible, and even writing in the margins and various points. At one point when a sheriff's deputy brings Grate lunch, you can hear Grate politely thank him, and appear to make some kind of small talk.

Grate, 40, has received no visitors. He is currently being housed in a single-inmate cell at the Ashland County Jail and has television and commissary privileges.

Grate is a maximum-security inmate, and is not on suicide watch. According to the jail administrator, Grate's activities are being monitored by camera every 30 minutes and physically every 60 minutes.

Grate has plead not guilty to the charges he faces. He is scheduled to be back in court later this month.

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