How to Murder Your Husband: The Nancy Brophy Story (2023 Lifetime)

How to Murder Your Husband: The Nancy Brophy Story (2023 Lifetime)

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Cast: Cybill Shepherd, Steve Guttenberg, Hilary Jardine

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Synopsis (via Lifetime)

Based on a true story, Nancy Crampton-Brophy (Cybill Shepherd), seemed to have a knack for writing about murder. The Portland-based romance-thriller novelist authored books about relationships that were tumultuous, while using seductive men on the covers to lure in her readers. Often, her books featured women protagonists who fantasized about killing their own husbands or fleeing their husbands and faking their own deaths. And then, in 2022 in a shocking turn of events, Brophy was convicted of killing her own husband.

Recap/Wine Thoughts

The movie begins with a Chef Boyardee looking Steve Guttenberg opening his restaurant. He is shot, and police are quickly on the scene. They question his wife, Nancy. (AKA Cybill Shepherd.)

Nancy recalls a time when she was writing one of her next fiction novels. She is rejected by publishers but not by her husband. (He reads Nancy’s manuscript aloud as foreplay.) It isn’t enough for Nancy; she wants a more exciting life and is worried about money. Her husband offers to take a night shift to help make more money. Then she visits her brother to hit him up for money, and he declines to be her ATM. 

More embarrassment is had when Nancy goes to dinner at a writer’s convention and offers to pay for dinner. 

Her card is declined, and the hunky waiter is shirtless for some reason. She also has to pay back her book commission.  

Nancy and her husband argue, and he tells her he worries that she will never be happy. Nancy won’t be; she gets jealous of a fellow writer and gets so angry that she crushes a glass in her hand. (Something we’ve seen many times on Lifetime.) She can’t even enjoy a family Thanksgiving.

The worst thing to do when you are feeling trapped and depressed is to read your own reviews online. That is what Nancy does, and it drives her to change her husband’s life insurance to $100,000. She then plans to kill her husband.

Nancy looks up “Untraceable gun” and buys a ghost gun online. (Which seems pretty traceable to me!) She buys a gun and talks with the gun saleswoman about how to cover up a murder for “a book she is writing.”

The murder becomes all Nancy can focus on. She does a dry run for the murder and follows her husband around suspiciously. She even ignores her brother, who is going through chemo, and a book publisher who tells Nancy she is a lousy writer. 

One morning, Nancy follows her husband to work and shoots him. She thinks she has committed the perfect crime. Nancy leaves and then immediately returns to the scene of the crime. The police question Nancy and she provides them with a gun from her house. They also take pictures of her home and car. 

Nancy’s life insurance policies on her husband don’t go through, so she sells her house and plants to move to Portugal. Her brother also dies from cancer (which she doesn’t care about), and Nancy also attempts to take money from his estate. She is a low life. 

The detectives finally sit down with the detectives and tells them a convoluted story about her sister-in-law hiring an assassin. She also asks for a letter from her insurance company stating that she isn’t a suspect anymore. The detectives are like, “We are not doing that.” Later, they arrest her at a writer’s meeting. 

They tell her that if she was going to kill her husband, she shouldn’t have written a blog post titled “How to Murder Your Husband.”  

She is sentenced to life in prison with parole after 25 years. 

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