‘How to murder your husband’ blog post inadmissible in author’s trial
Posted On April 6, 2022
But the 2011 blog has been ruled inadmissible ahead of the trial.
The judge ruled the post was more than ten years old and was written for a writing seminar. Any value it had in the case would be outweighed by the prejudice it would cause in the jury, he said.
Nancy Crampton Brophy is accused of shooting her husband twice in the back after following him to his job at a culinary school.
Brophy stood to inherit a substantial sum of money after his death, prosecutors told a court in Portland, Oregon on Monday.
Prosecutor Shawn Overstreet said the author was motivated by greed when she allegedly killed her husband Daniel Brophy.
“Nancy Brophy was maintaining all those life insurance policies while continuing down a path of financial ruin,” he said.
“Well over a thousand dollars a month was being paid into these policies at a time when they were struggling to pay their mortgage.”
The court heard Brophy had bought a ghost gun kit on the internet in 2017.
Prosecutors said she was unable to assemble it and allege she bought a Glock handgun to murder her husband.
But her defence denied the charges, arguing she had bought the ghost gun kit to research a story she was writing about a woman who killed her husband.
The defence also noted she had bought other items for research purposes, including a telescope, night vision goggles, handcuffs, glass doorknobs and a series of locks.
“Nancy has always been thoroughly, madly, crazily in love with Dan Brophy, and she remains so to this day,” her lawyer Lisa Maxfield said.
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Brophy has published at least half-a-dozen novels.