It was, I suppose, inevitable. Nancy Crampton Brophy, a self-published romance novelist and the author of an essay entitled “How to Murder Your Husband,” who has lately been on trial for . . . murdering her husband, has been convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the crime.
Brophy’s husband, Daniel Brophy, was shot to death in 2018 at the culinary school where he worked—seven years after the aforementioned essay was published online. That essay was deemed inadmissible as evidence by Judge Christopher Ramras, who ruled that “any minimal probative value of an article written that long ago is substantially outweighed by the danger of unfair prejudice and confusion of the issues.”
Turns out, it wasn’t necessary.