Amber Bowman met recently convicted serial killer Shawn Grate when he began attending services at her church in 2011. They married in December
that year, after dating just four months. Amber gave birth to a daughter the following July, then divorced Grate before their first anniversary. WATCH: Ex-Wife Of Convicted Serial Killer Shawn Grate Says She Doesn’t Know What To Tell Their ChildTELL DR. PHIL YOUR STORY: Have a story Dr. Phil won’t believe?
Nearly four years after the marriage ended Shawn Grate was arrested and charged in connection with the kidnapping and sexual assault of one woman, and the kidnapping and strangulation of two others. Convicted of aggravated murder in the deaths of Stacey Stanley and Elizabeth Griffith
on May 7, 2018, Grate has also confessed to killing three other women, the first of whom he claims to have stabbed to death in 2006. He has not been charged with those murders.
“You were with a person that has confessed to murdering someone five-six years before then,” Dr. Phil says. “How you feel about it now – looking back on that time of your life?”
“Just complete shock,” Amber responds, adding, “I can’t even believe it, because, at the time, I did not see a violent person at all,” she says of the time they were dating. But soon after their marriage, Amber claims, she began to see a dramatically different side to Grate. “He was just angry about doing things that were normal.” WATCH: What An Ex-Wife Says About The Verdict In Her Former Husband’s Murder Trial
Amber, who admits she was “naive” when she married Grate, then separated from him shortly after their daughter was born. What does she say he did that finally caused her to file for divorce?
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daytime exclusive airing Friday. As of airtime, Shawn Grate’s trial in the murders of Stacey Stanley and Elizabeth Griffith has entered the penalty phase. The presiding judge may either accept the jury's recommendation for execution or sentence him to life in prison. The judge is scheduled to render his decision June 1. TELL DR. PHIL YOUR STORY: Have a story in the news? Did Convicted Serial Killer Shawn Grate Threaten His Ex-Wife’s Family?