A woman in Oklahoma has been arrested for mutilating the corpse of her boyfriend’s ex girlfriend. Shaynna Sims, 28, will be sentenced later this year on a number of extremely disturbing charges. The charges include disturbing or interrupting a funeral, unauthorized dissection, burglary 1st degree, and unlawful removal of a body part from a deceased.
Everything came to light when at the funeral, the family of the deceased woman saw Sims with her hands in the coffin.
Sims had apparently befriended the family, and told them she could use her skills as a beautician to help prepare the deceased woman’s body for the funeral. Sims did not actually have a beautician’s license. Apparently, instead of making the woman look beautiful, Sims slashed and cut her face, tore out chunks of hair, even removed body parts from the woman.
But Sims had no such skills and instead spent her time mutilating the dead woman’s corpse, removing body parts and slashing the woman’s face. The strangest facet of this story though, is the fact that it happened to take place within sight of most of these people. Many people claimed to see Sims’ hands in the casket before the funeral began, but didn’t suspect anything foul until it was too late.
Two funeral home employees and the funeral director testified to corroborate the events, reporting that someone had “pulled a glob of hair” from the dead woman’s head and left it on the floor of the funeral home. The funeral parlor’s security and maintenance manager, Lawrence Hutchings, also testified that the dead woman had a toe and a breast removed.
According to Hutchings, the body parts still haven’t been found.
The dead woman’s mother, Charlotte Wheeler, testified through tears about her daughter’s treatment. “She had makeup and lipstick smeared all over her face; her hair was all over the place.”According to Tulsa World, Sims was released on bond in June, 2015, but was arrested four days later when she returned to the apartment where the victim’s children lived, but was quickly picked up when the apartment manager noticed her ankle bracelet and several people recognized her. Sims was apparently wearing a wig at the time.
Vice reports that when she was arrested, she was found with a folding knife on her person, and attached to the knife was hair “consistent with the deceased’s hair, type, and color.”
Sims’ defense had been attempting to build a case around Sim’s mental competency. Sims’ first defender recused himself following after Sims appeared to hold delusional views about her relationship to the deceased.
Ultimately, the victim’s family is just confused as to why Sims felt the need to attack the dead woman, and Sims continues to offer little in the way of explanation.