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DFIRL Season 2 Episode 2: Retracing Steps: How She Murdered Her Husband

On this episode of Digital Forensics in Real Life Aaron Sparling, a veteran of the Portland Police Bureau, discusses his work on the 2018 murder case of Daniel Brophy. Daniel was killed by his wife, Nancy Crampton-Brophy, at the Oregon Culinary Institute where he worked as an instructor. Nancy – who published an online essay called “How to Murder Your Husband” – left a trail of digital evidence in her browser history that Sparling was able to use to help prove her guilt and secure her conviction for homicide in May of 2022. This case involved a lot of digital evidence, from CCTV video footage to online searches for ghost guns, so with that let’s hear from Aaron about this complex case.

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