Obsessive Eminem fan
beat girlfriend with bicycle chain
By Maurice Weaver
A TEENAGER'S fascination with Eminem, the rap
singer, triggered a violent outburst during which he went
berserk with a carving knife and a bicycle chain, according to
his former girlfriend.
Donna Grimwood, 18, who was injured in the
attack at the women's hairdressing salon where she worked, was
speaking of the "complete nightmare" that left her
injured and unconscious in a pool of blood. Of Luke Bass, 19,
her former boyfriend, she said: "I never thought he could
have been so vicious. All I could see when I looked at him was
this horrible Eminem person."
Bass admitted wounding Miss Grimwood when he
appeared at Nottingham Crown Court on May 25. He is to be
sentenced on June 28 and is likely to be sent to a secure
At her home in Newark, Notts, Miss Grimwood
said that Bass, whom she met in 1998, was her first serious
boyfriend but they had split in October when he became jealous
and possessive. He had become "obsessed" with Eminem,
she said. "He bleached his hair and used to listen to
Eminem's albums all the time."
Bass spent hours listening to the record The
Marshall Mathers LP which contains references to murder. His
favourite track was Stan, which is about a man who drives his
car off a bridge with a woman in the boot. On the day before the
attack in January, Bass jumped on her and began punching her.
"He said he was going to prison for what he was going to do
but didn't care."
The next day he walked into her salon and swung
a padlock and chain at her head. "I held my hands over my
face to protect myself," she recalled. "I was
screaming. I fell to the ground, falling in and out of
consciousness. Then I saw a pool of blood on the floor and
realised it was mine. I saw blood all over his face and so I
"There was nothing else I could do. I
thought it would stop him. There were people screaming at him,
crying and saying, 'You have killed her'. I was told afterwards
by a colleague that he just smiled, took the padlock and smashed
me in the face again."
When police searched his home, they found it
filled with Eminem posters, albums and merchandise. Miss
Grimwood said: "Luke told police he expected everyone to
throw a party for him for what he had tried to do to me. He
reasoned that would have happened to Eminem."
At last week's court hearing, Miss Grimwood was
urged by Martin Elwick, defending, to move from the public
gallery in case Bass became violent at the sight of her. Bass,
also from Newark, was remanded in custody for psychiatric