A 12-man jury in Multnomah County, Oregon, USA, has found Nancy Brophy, a romance novelist and author of ‘How to Murder Your Husband’, guilty of killing her husband.
The verdict of second degree murder was made on Wednesday after five weeks of trial.
Nancy was found to have fatally shot Daniel, her chef husband, twice inside the kitchen of a culinary institute where he worked as an instructor in June 2018.
This judgement brings to an end a four-year search for justice for Daniel who was 62 at the time of his death.
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.
Key to the prosecution was one of Nancy’s books, How to Murder Your Husband, which spells out how to kill one’s husband. In the book, she wrote that a wife “must be organised, ruthless and very clever” while killing her husband.
“After all, if the murder is supposed to set me free, I certainly don’t want to spend any time in jail,” Brophy wrote.
“And let me say clearly for the record, I don’t like jumpsuits and orange isn’t my colour.”
Brophy had advised leaving no trace, attacking when no cameras or witnesses were present and moving to collect a series of life insurance policies within days of husband’s death.
In footage obtained from a nearby Pizza restaurant, detectives saw Brophy drive by the culinary institute in a Toyota minivan on the morning of her husband’s murder.
Brophy testified that her presence near the culinary school on the day of her husband’s death was mere coincidence and that she had parked in the area to work on her writing.
Brophy has been in custody since her arrest in September 2018. She will be sentenced on 13 June.