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Instead the tips and tricks had come straight from a Florida housewife who'd never killed anyone in her life. There are echoes of this horrifying story in the news this week that Nancy Crampton-Brophy, a romance novelist from Oregon, has been charged with murdering her husband, Daniel Brophy, years after writing an essay about that very subject.

In the word piece, called How To Murder Your Husband, year-old Nancy writes about how authors of love stories can kill off their characters - discussing motives and murder weapons.

And as the case of the infamous hitman manual proves, she isn't the first woman whose guide to killing has been linked to real bloodshed. In Hit Man: A Technical Manual for Independent Contractors, which was published in , author "Rex Feral" shares invaluable titbits to bear in mind when carrying out a kill.

Instead, she was a cash-poor divorced mother of two from Florida who needed money to pay her property taxes. The tome revealed every detail of the deadly craft from how to pick up clients and make a disposable silencer to the ideal distance for an accurate shot — three feet - and how to silently move in for the kill without leaving a trace. This would have all been quite laughable had the book not been involved in a triple murder investigation in when James Perry committed three murders in Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, allegedly using this book as his guide.

The two women cared for Mildred Horn's 8-year-old quadriplegic son, Trevor, who was suffocated to death by Perry the same evening. He had been hired to commit the murders by Lawrence Horn, who wanted his ex-wife, Mildred, and his son, Trevor, killed so he could reap the proceeds of a million dollar medical malpractice settlement awarded to his son after the boy sustained debilitating injuries during a hospital stay. Just as Hit Man instructed its readers, Perry chose an AR-7 rifle, obscured the gun's serial number and fixed a silencer to it before shooting his victims.

To avoid detection after the murders, Perry continued to follow the book's instructions to disassemble the gun, file down its components, dump the pieces by the side of a road and flee the scene in a rental car bearing a stolen license plate.

The main reason he was caught was because he stupidly registered at the Day's Inn - where he stayed the night before the murders - under his own name, despite the book's advice to use a pseudonym. After much toing and froing through the courts, Paladin Press settled the case in giving the families of those murdered several million dollars and agreeing to destroy the remaining copies in their possession and not to publish any more.

The book still remains available online, however, and through the sale of used copies by individual sellers and has garnered huge amounts of free publicity ever since, which has sent the price skyrocketing on the collectors' market.

And the case was so controversial that it became the subject of a TV film, Deliberate Intent, about the killings. Sign in. All Football. Lauren Libbert. Most read in news. Comments are subject to our community guidelines, which can be viewed here.


Hit Man: A Technical Manual for Independent Contractors

Feral is a hit man. Some consider him a criminal. Others think him a hero. In truth, he is a lethal weapon aimed at the enemy of the one who pays him. He is the last recourse in these times when laws are so twisted that justice goes unserved. He is a man who controls hi.


Hit Man : A Technical Manual for Independent Contractors by Rex Feral (Trade Paper)

Paladin Press owner Peder Lund claimed, in an interview with 60 Minutes , that the book started life as a detailed crime novel written by a Florida housewife, and that the format was later changed to appeal to Paladin's reader base accustomed to the publisher's non-fiction books on military, survivalist, weapons and similar topics. The book portrays itself as a how-to manual on starting a career as a hit man , fulfilling contracts. However, after a number of lawsuits claiming that the book was used as a handbook in several murders, the publication of the book was stopped. It marked "the first time in American publishing history that a publisher has been held liable for a crime committed by a reader. This book was not written by a woman. It was typed by Gayle McCool in Ft. Myers Florida.


The chilling story of how a book by a cash-strapped mum from Florida is behind a triple murder




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