‘How To Murder Your Husband’ Writer On Trial For Murder Of Husband

A writer who penned a piece titled “How To Murder Your Husband” is on trial in the United States for…killing her husband.

 

 

 

A writer who penned a piece titled “How To Murder Your Husband” is on trial in the United States for…killing her husband.

It is a case that has all the hallmarks of classic detective fiction — a huge insurance payout, an impecunious suspect who claims to have amnesia, a missing weapon, and surveillance footage that seems to have caught the culprit red-handed.

But for novelist Nancy Crampton Brophy, it’s not the plot of her latest book; it’s real life in an Oregon court room.

Crampton Brophy, whose “Wrong Never Felt So Right” series of novels include “The Wrong Husband” and “The Wrong Lover,” stands accused of shooting Daniel Brophy, using a gun whose now-missing barrel she bought on eBay.

Prosecutors say the 71-year-old writer was struggling to make payments on her mortgage, but kept up multiple life assurance policies that would pay out a total of $1.4 million in the event of her husband’s demise.

“I do better with Dan alive financially than I do with Dan dead,” she said as she took the stand in Portland this week, The Oregonian newspaper reported.

“Where is the motivation I would ask you? An editor would laugh and say, ‘I think you need to work harder on this story, you have a big hole in it.’”

Prosecutor Shawn Overstreet said security camera footage had captured Crampton Brophy’s minivan outside the Oregon Culinary Institute on June 2, 2018 at almost exactly the time her chef husband was killed in one of the school’s classrooms.

“You were there at the same time that someone happens to be shooting your husband….with the exact type of gun that you own and which is now mysteriously missing,” he said.

Crampton Brophy told the court she has no memory of being there, though acknowledges she must have been, insisting the CCTV images show her in the area because she was driving around getting inspiration for a story.

“This is not a man I would have shot because I had a memory issue. It seems to me if I had shot him, I would know every detail.”

Daniel Brophy, 63, was found dead that morning by students readying for a class. He had been shot twice.

Investigators say the barrel from the Glock handgun used in the slaying was purchased by the suspect on eBay.

That barrel — which would contain damning forensic clues — has never been recovered, despite an exhaustive police search.

Crampton Brophy admits having bought a Glock pistol, which she says was for her husband to protect himself when he went mushroom hunting in the woods, but says the missing barrel was purchased as part of research for an unfinished novel.

“There was a big separation between what was for writing and what was for protection,” she told the court, The Oregonian reported.

Prosecutors say Crampton Brophy, whose “How To Murder Your Husband” remains accessible online and whose books can be bought on Amazon, was facing financial ruin before her husband’s death, but continued to pay into 10 separate life insurance policies.

The blog on murdering a husband discusses methods and motivations for dispatching an unwanted spouse.

These include financial gain and the use of a firearm, although it notes guns are “loud, messy, require some skill.”

“But the thing I know about murder is that every one of us have it in him/her when pushed far enough,” the essay says.

The trial, which began in early April, is ongoing.

Two Killed As Police Engage Gunmen In Anambra

 

Two persons were killed in the early hours of Monday, following a duel between men of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and a yet to be identified group of gunmen in Anambra State.

Police spokesman in the state, DSP Ikenga Tochukwu, in a brief statement revealed that the command’s operatives on crime prevention patrol along Umunze, road, Orumba South LGA, engaged armed men who were allegedly enforcing a “sit-at-home order” in the area.

DSP Tochukwu further stated that the operatives neutralized two of the miscreants and recovered a white Toyota Hiace Bus with no registration number.

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DSP Ikenga Tochukwu
Police spokesman, DSP Ikenga Tochukwu says normalcy has been restored in the Orumba South LGA where the gunmen were operating.

According to him, the men were obstructing the movement of innocent road users going about their businesses.

The hoodlums also forcefully collected motorbikes and tricycles, chasing away their rightful owners and setting the vehicles ablaze.

DSP Tochukwu said operatives of the command have intensified patrol within the state, adding that the situation is being monitored.

EFCC Arrests 33 Internet Fraud Suspects

Crime suspects arrested by the EFCC

 

Operatives of the Lagos and Enugu Zonal Commands of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), have arrested 33 internet fraud suspects in separate sting operations.

According to a statement by the EFCC Spokesperson Wilson Uwujaren on Tuesday, 17 of the suspects were arrested in Lagos while 16 others were nabbed at Enugu.

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“The 17 suspects arrested in Lagos are Adefila Ayobami Ezekiel, Anamene Somtochukwu, Nzeako Kosisochukwu Anthony, Afolabi Ayomide Henry, Olatona Ayodeji Ebenezer, Obioho Ikenna Raphael, Famolayo Femi Hammed, Mintah-Joshua Oluwafemi, Martins Victor Onuoha, Babatunde Haruna Oluwaseyi, Taiwo Bolaji Kehinde, Ibeakolam Goodluck, Onaolapo Iyanu Samuel, Jamiu Damilola Lawal, Adeyanju Fawaz, AdejideSamuel and Obioho Obinna,” the statement said.

“They were arrested in an estate around the Ikota axis of Lagos following credible intelligence received by the Commission on the illegal activities of some individuals allegedly involved in computer fraud”.

Upon their arrest, six exotic vehicles, laptops and mobile devices were recovered from them.

The 16 suspected fraudsters arrested in Enugu were apprehended at Premier Layout axis of Enugu.

“The suspects are Ovu Chimezie, Junior Gentle Pepple, Nwoye Paul, Ezeoke Chimelue, Innocent Kenechukwu, Tochukwu Igbonekwu, Chigozie Oguanya,Nwachukwu Daniel and Charles Duru Chibuzor. Others are Anderson D. Ugochukwu , Chinedu Nwasu, Obiora Martin Ugonna, Nwabueze Chidindu, Nwabueze Samuel Nnaemeka, Okechukwu Collins.D and Nwabueze Benjamin Ikenna”.

The EFCC said preliminary investigations linked them with suspected impersonation, possession of fraudulent documents and defrauding unsuspecting foreign nationals.

Items recovered from the suspects include one Lexus ES350 with registration number EPE113 HB, a Mercedes Benz E350 with registration number RSH 201 BP , another Mercedes Benz with registration number UWN 338 MP and one Toyota Camry with registration number JRV 944 KL; and several phones and laptops.

They will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

Cybercrime: Fake America Contractor Bags Six Months Imprisonment In Kwara

Man Bags 15 Years In Prison For N5.2m Fraud
A court gavel.

 

Justice Muhammed Sani of the Federal High Court sitting in Ilorin on Thursday sentenced 24-year-old Taiwo Oluwapelumi Emmanuel from Ibadan, Oyo State, to six months’ imprisonment for a one-count charge bordering on impersonation.

Emmanuel allegedly posed as a citizen of the United States of America to defraud unsuspecting victims.

The defendant was among the suspected internet fraudsters arrested in the Ogbomosho area of Oyo State on October 26, 2021, during a sting operation by the Ilorin Zonal Command of the EFCC.

The defendant in his various chats claimed to be a contractor and businessman based in the United States of America, a decoy which he employed to swindle his victims.

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In a similar vein, officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Enugu arrested Kelechi Vitalis Anozie, a suspected fraudster who has been a person of interest to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) since 2019.

The EFCC in a statement on Thursday said its operatives arrested Anozie on the 10th of March, following an investigative trail of activities not unconnected to fraud and illegal money laundering.

Anozie, who is a self-professed clergyman and four other suspects: Valentine Iro, Ekene Ekechukwu (alias Ogedi Power), Bright Azubuike (alias Bright Bauer Azubuike), and Ifeanyi Junior, is alleged to have defrauded one F.F, who lives in Illinois, United States, the sum of $135,800 and another $47,000.

The suspect, who is the founder of a church called Praying City Church in Owerri, Imo State, was first placed on a watch list in 2019 when the FBI announced charges against 80 people, most of them Nigerians, in a wide-ranging fraud and money laundering operation that netted millions of dollars from victims of internet con jobs.

EFCC Arrests Eight Internet Fraud Suspects in Ilorin

Some of the cars recovered from the suspects.

 

The Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has arrested eight (8) persons over their alleged involvement in cyber-fraud, including cheating by personation and love scam.

The suspects include; Abdulrahman Ridwan, David Ayodeji, Gideon Thomas, Yinus Muiz, Yinus Lateef, Jimoh Ahmed, Lawal Farouk Opeyemi, and Oladimeji Ridwan. They were arrested in Basin and Asa-Dam areas of Ilorin, the Kwara State capital following credible intelligence about their alleged criminal activities.

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Items recovered from them include exotic cars, mobile phones, and laptops.
Authorities say they will be charged to court as soon as the investigation is completed.

In a similar vein, the Uyo Zonal Command of the EFCC, on Wednesday, effected the arrest of eleven suspected internet fraudsters in a sting operation at different locations within Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

 

The suspects aged between 18 and 30 years are Caleb Jackson, Inemesit Sunday E, Oputu Samuel Belle aged 20 from Yala Local Government Area of Cross River State and a Civil engineering student of Uniuyo; Chinonso Ozuruigbo, Onyemaechi Chisom, Nzeakor Uchenna, Umana Israel, Victor Bassey, Solomon Utuk, Patrick Ekemini, and Akaninyene Effiong The EFCC said the suspects will be charged to court as soon as investigations have been concluded.

NANS Warns Against Indiscriminate Arrest Of Students In Ogun

A map of Ogun, a state in south-west Nigeria.

 

The National Association of Nigerian Students (Ogun State) and the National Association of Ogun State Students have warned against the indiscriminate arrest of students in the state.

They gave the warning on Sunday during a press briefing in Abeokuta, pledging to give adequate support to the newly reinvigorated OP-MESA to strengthen security across tertiary institutions in the state.

Towards this, they promised to set up a volunteer group to work in collaboration with the security outfit to give first-hand intelligence information about activities of internet fraudsters and other criminal activities among students.

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“We want to use this medium to give kudos to Governor Dapo Abiodun for listening to the yearnings of millions of residents of this state on the issue of security,” they said.

“The launch of OP-MESA by the governor to tackle armed robbery, cultism, kidnapping, banditry, killer herdsmen, highway robbery and other criminal activities in the state shows that he is indeed concerned and ready to provide topnotch security for over seven million residents of this state so that they can sleep with their two eyes closed.

“We also want to commend our amiable governor for setting the pace by setting up an agency to address issues surrounding financial crimes in our state. We are of the conviction that the time to tame this monster that has brought our societal values to ridicule is now. We want to express our unalloyed support to Mr. Governor on this task.

“As students’ leaders, we are not unaware that some students have the tendency to behave like Judas Iscariot and we will not condone such. We will partner with the Ogun State government and other security agencies to ensure that such persons are tracked, arrested, and prosecuted according to the laws of the land.”

The students also promised to deploy all necessary platforms across tertiary institutions in the state to ensure that the exercise achieves the highest results desirable by the governor.

“We are ready to provide the state government with volunteers from the student constituency who will serve as whistle blowers on our campuses,” they added.

“These volunteers will assist in giving firsthand intelligence to security agencies as regards activities on suspected internet fraudsters on our campuses.”

Woman Arrested For Pouring Hot Water On 11-Year-Old Daughter

 

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Osun State has arrested a woman for pouring hot water on her 11-year-old daughter.

The state Commandant of the corps, Emmanuel Ocheja, disclosed this on Friday while parading the woman and several other crime suspects at the headquarters in Osogbo, the state capital.

 

The 11-year-old girl whose mother was arrested for pouring hot water on her in Osun State.

 

When asked for the reason behind her action, the woman said it was not deliberate as she didn’t know what came over her.

When asked for her account of the story, the girl explained that she was being punished for misplacing a key.

According to the PPRO, investigations are ongoing and the matter will be charged to court soon.

Another suspect, 44-year-old Amos Danbaba Galadima was also paraded for illegal mining in Ita-Obi community in Ilesha, as well as one Abdulrahmon Ibrahim who was arrested in Kano for alleged stealing of a car.

Police Parade 48 Suspects For Various Crimes In FCT

Police display some of the weapons seized from various crime suspects in the FCT

 

Police in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja have paraded 48 suspects for various crimes including kidnapping, armed robbery and burglary.

The Force Public Relations, CP Frank Mba, who paraded the suspects at the Intelligence Response Team office in Abuja on Tuesday, said a total of 28 assorted weapons including laptops and phones were recovered from the suspects.

The weapons include nine AK-49 rifles, three AK-47, 495 AK-47 live ammunition and 10 laptops.

The suspects paraded include a 36-year-old man, Abubakar Haliru, who was said to have kidnapped his cousin, one 48-year-old Binta Muhammed in Jigawa State.

According to CP Mba, Binta had given Haliru money to purchase four tricycles, but instead of buying the tricycles, he decided to connive with a gang of kidnappers to abduct her.

He said Binta was, however, rescued by men of the Intelligence Response Team.

Another gang of kidnappers said to be operating in the northwest and north-central states was also paraded.

According to the Force PRO, the gang is responsible for the kidnap of one Reverend Father Tony Bawa in Kushin Makaranta area of the state.

NURTW Chairman Arrested For Drug Trafficking In Ondo

 

Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), in Ijero Local Government Area of Ekiti State, Babatunde Babade, has been arrested for trafficking illicit drugs.

A statement issued on Sunday by the Director, Media & Advocacy NDLEA Headquarters, Abuja, Femi Babafemi, said the transport union leader was arrested along with two others – Ilesanmi Shola and Babajide Johnson.

He was caught with 52.5 kilograms of skunk in Akure, the Ondo state capital following intelligence that he was conveying bags of the banned drug in his 1997 model blue Mazda car with registration number: Ekiti JER194 AE from Akure to Ekiti state.

Babade, popularly called BB, was taken into custody along with the two others soon after his arrest at about 2:00 pm on Sunday, July 18, for interrogation.
In his statement, he admitted to owning the vehicle used for conveying the drugs.

He further explained that the car had been intercepted earlier by some security agents who detained the two other suspects, his car and eight bags containing cannabis sativa while his brother who drove the vehicle fled.

He, however, claimed that following his intervention, the security agents released the suspects and his car to him after taking two of the eight bags containing the drugs as well as the sum of N60, 000 from him, before he later ran into NDLEA officers while on his way back to Ekiti.

Meanwhile, officers of the Benue State command of the Agency have intercepted another suspected interstate drug trafficker, Odinaka Ugwuanyi along Apir road, Makurdi with 124,000 tablets of Tramadol, Diazepam and Exol-5, all weighing 22.55 kilograms.

The suspect arrested at about 8:00 am on Saturday July 17, in a commercial vehicle, said he was from Nsukka local government area of Enugu State.

He, however, claimed another passenger who sat next to him in the vehicle dropped the bag containing the drugs with him and fled upon sighting NDLEA officers.

Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) has commended the efforts of the commanders, officers and men of the agency.
He also charged them to remain resolute in the discharge of their constitutional responsibilities.

Ondo Police Arrest, Parade 15 Crime Suspects

A map of Ondo, a state in southwest Nigeria

 

The Ondo State Police Command has paraded 15 Crime Suspects arrested in Akure and other parts of the state.

Parading the suspects at the command’s headquarters in Akure on Wednesday, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Bolaji Salami, said 12 of them were armed robbers, while the remaining three were arrested for rape.

Salami further disclosed that among the suspects is an eight-man robbery syndicate that specialises in snatching articulated vehicles with its contents at gun-point.

Items recovered from the suspects include nine motorcycles, one pump action gun and one truck and its contents.

In the rape case, three young men namely Ojo Olaniyi, Akinseye Bayo and Akintosoye Ayo were said to have drugged and raped one Ogungbemi Adewumi in Ondo city.

Fielding questions from journalists, one of the robbery suspects, Gbenga Kikiowo, said he started robbery at the tender age of seven.

He said he has never killed anyone before but he has been involved in several robbery operations and has been to jail three times.

He, however, pleaded for forgiveness saying he has repented and is willing to join the security agencies in fighting crime in the society.

The CP said all the suspects have confessed to have committed the crime levelled against them adding that they would be charged to court soon.

Police Arrest Teenager Who Killed 80-Year-Old Father

Edo State is a state in Southern Nigeria.
Edo State is a state in Southern Nigeria.

 

The Edo State Police have arrested a 13-year-old boy for allegedly killing his 80-year-old father.

The Public Relations Officer of the command, superintendent of police, Bello Kontongs, disclosed this on Wednesday.

He said the boy committed the offence on Sunday and is now in custody awaiting trial before the juvenile court.

Kontongs warned young people against anger management, adding that they should avoid the use of drugs.

Speaking on other matters, the PPRO narrated how an assistant superintendent of police serving with the command neutralised two armed robbery suspects who attacked the said officer on Sunday night.

He warned residents to shun crime, saying that the command is committed to a constant fight against criminality in the area.

Man With Knife Kills Six In China

 

A man armed with a knife killed six people and wounded 14 others in a city in eastern China, state media reported Sunday.

The attack occurred Saturday afternoon in the streets of Anqing, Anhui province, 430 kilometres (270 miles) west of Shanghai, state television CCTV said.

The suspect was arrested and an investigation was underway to determine the circumstances of the attack that unfolded in a pedestrian shopping street, Anqing Public Security Bureau said in a statement released on the Weibo social network.

Quoting the bureau, CCTV said the suspect was 25 years old, unemployed, and “angry”.

The authorities had earlier reported five dead. A badly injured victim died in hospital on Saturday, CCTV said.

Knife attacks are not uncommon in China, which heavily restrict access to firearms.

In April, a man with a knife killed two children and injured 16 others at a nursery school in southern China.

In 2018, a man who stabbed nine children to death and wounded another 11 in northern China was sentenced to death.

Violent crime has risen in China in recent decades as the country’s economic boom has created a bigger gap between rich and poor.

Studies have also described a rise in the prevalence of mental disorders.

AFP