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Thu May 26, 2022, 03:16 PM

How to Murder Your Husband writer found guilty of murdering husband

A jury in the US city of Portland, Oregon, has convicted a self-published romance novelist who wrote an essay titled How to Murder Your Husband of fatally shooting her husband.

The 12-person jury found Nancy Crampton Brophy, 71, guilty of second-degree murder on Wednesday after deliberating for two days over Daniel Brophy’s death, according to reports.

Brophy, a 63-year-old chef, was killed on 2 June 2018 as he prepared for work at the Oregon Culinary Institute in south-west Portland.

Crampton Brophy showed no visible reaction to the verdict in the crowded Multnomah county courtroom. Lisa Maxfield, one of her lawyers, said the defence team would appeal against the decision.

The defendant’s 2011 how-to treatise detailed various options for committing an untraceable killing, written in the form of a brainstorming exercise for writers.

Its opening reads: “As a romantic suspense writer, I spend a lot of time thinking about murder and, consequently, about police procedure. After all, if the murder is supposed to set me free, I certainly don’t want to spend any time in jail. And let me say clearly for the record, I don’t like jumpsuits and orange isn’t my color.”

The blogpost went on to detail motives – financial, “lying, cheating bastard”, abuser – and a discussion of possible methods. Knives were “personal and close up. Blood everywhere”, while poison, “considered a woman’s weapon”, was too easy to trace, Crampton Brophy wrote. Guns were “loud, messy, require some skill”.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/may/26/how-murder-husband-writer-guilty-nancy-crampton-brophy
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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Thu May 26, 2022, 03:29 PM

1. I listened to the prosecution's opening arguments

and it was obvious to me from the get-go that they had a slam-dunk case. I was not surprised that the jury’s verdict of guilty on all counts was relatively quick.

I watched the defendant’s masked face as the verdict was read and could discern no noticeable reaction in her eyes or her body language. My take on that is that she knew she was guilty.

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Thu May 26, 2022, 03:36 PM

2. My wife bought that book not long ago. I'll tell her to send it back and get a refund.

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Thu May 26, 2022, 03:44 PM

3. Yrs ago, I was on eharmony writing back and forth with a guy who said he was a writer

When I asked him the name of the book he was writing, he said “Inside the Mind of a Serial Killer.”

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Thu May 26, 2022, 03:49 PM

4. I bet he would have tales to tell as in when they tell you who they are believe them the first time

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