Monday, July 22, 2019

The Murder of Alisha Bromfield

Brian Cooper (36) and Alisha Bromfield (21) at Brian’s sister’s wedding on August 18th, 2012. Just hours after this photograph was taken, Brian savagely murdered Alisha inside the hotel room they shared in Door County, Wisconsin.

Despite their closeness in the above image, Brian and Alisha were not a couple. In fact, Alisha was six months pregnant with another man’s baby. Brian was actually Alisha’s boss at Home Depot, where they worked in Plainfield, Illinois. According to Alisha’s mother, Brian immediately took a liking to Alisha when she began to work for him, and the two struck up a casual friendship. Brian, however, was seeking more than friendship. He told others at work that they two were dating, but Alisha’s friends stated that the two never once went out on a date. Alisha’s mother stated that Alisha was not romantically interested in Brian and only spent time with him to preserve her position at work. This is how Alisha ended up being Brian’s date to his sister’s wedding in Door County, located around six hours away from Plainfield. Alisha expressed to her friends that she did not want to go—so when they asked her why she agreed to be his date, she replied “I need to keep this job.” The father of her child was not planning on being involved, so Alisha was terrified of losing her only source of income.

At some point after Brian and Alisha arrived in Door County, the two got into an argument. Alisha ultimately decided to end her friendship with Brian. She agreed to act as his date for the evening at his sister’s wedding, but insisted that their friendship would be over once they returned home. Brian was enraged by the thought of not being in her life anymore, and that rage continued to build as he grew gradually more intoxicated at the wedding. Once Brian and Alisha were back at their hotel room, they were laying in their respective beds when Brian attempted to make plans with Alisha that coming Sunday. Alisha reminded Brian that they would no longer be friends once they returned home. Brian then snapped and attacked Alisha on her bed. A struggle ensued, and Brian strangled Alisha—killing both her and her unborn baby. Hours later, Brian stumbled into a gas station and used the clerk’s phone to call 911 and turn himself in.

After his arrest, Brian confessed even more disturbing details. In addition to killing Alisha, Brian told investigators that he raped her postmortem. He said he took her clothes off just because he “wanted to see what she looked like naked,” but investigators soon learned that Brian had already been spying on Alisha for months. While building their case against Brian, investigators found that Brian had secretly installed cameras in one of his bathrooms when Alisha was dog-sitting for him. He also installed a camera in the bathroom of the hotel room they shared in Door County.

At trial, prosecutors stated that it was clear Brian had a sick obsession with Alisha. Brian’s defense attorneys did not deny this; however they claimed that Brian was intoxicated while he killed Alisha and therefore was too drunk to form intent when the act occurred. That apparently caught the attention of some jurors, as the jury ended up being deadlocked and the judge declared a mistrial. However, the prosecution tried him again and this time, they succeeded. It took the jury less than an hour to declare Brian guilty of all charges. He was ultimately sentenced to two consecutive life sentences.
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28 comments:

  1. I hope the Lord keeps hell hot for that creep

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    1. Word - just saw the episode Killer Beside Me - what a sicko creep he was

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  2. Its a tragedy she died like that. Where were her parents, Home Depot supervisors

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    1. Home Depot was like a secondary employer. They worked for the vendor who supplied florals etc. to HD. They did work at HD locations and stuff though. But there was a sort of primary and secondary employer. He was previously required to do anger management, but then nobody followed up on it with him. Her parents are amazing and involved in her life. People don't expect someone to progress from a few instances of creepy/verbally abusive behavior to flat out murder like that. It's always easier to think what you would have done in retrospect. Keep in mind she had been working there since she was 16 and knew him for a few years.

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  3. The poor thing. If only she hadn’t fallen pregnant she would’ve been back at college.

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  4. I just watched the episode too and read this seems to me she gave him false hope of something. There are plenty of jobs out there yet she put up with this and stayed there. I hope he rots in hell put comeon you putting up with all this.

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    1. Flat out no, no, no. I knew her, I know her family and other people that were close to her. She was pregnant, how many employers do you think want to hire someone they know will soon be on maternity leave? It's always easier to think in a retrospective perspective and what people should have done or would have done. She worked there for like 5 years, she knew him for a few years it's not like they had just met and all of a sudden he starts getting verbally abusive towards her and on a frequent basis. People also would expect someone to become some sort of physically violent before going so far as to murder someone before they actually murder someone. She was not attracted to him in any sort of sexual or romantic way nor did she ever lead him on.

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    2. i'm so sorry for your loss but you're just wrong and none of y'all should have let this happen, including the victim.

      she got in a car w her creepy disgusting boss and went to a family wedding of his 6 hours away then used the same hotel room as him.

      there's absolutely no excuse. what was she thinking? what were the people who let her go thinking? save it. you don't do this for any job under any circumstances. this had disaster written all over it from every altitude and from every angle.

      this guy is responsible and should die a tortuous death. but this was 100% avoidable. she should have left there years ago like her other friend did. and her parents should have done a better job of educating her as to the dangers attractive women face and how to minimize those dangers and when to seek help. which is sooner rather than later.

      what a nightmare.

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    3. Toowired you are a victim blaming, holier-than-thou asshole.

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    4. Toowired is right. You don't share a hotel room with someone you're not interested in, let alone go to a wedding and the other things she did that were all leading him on. She was a stupid lady.

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    5. You're absolutely right. Happy that you're educating people that it's always the woman's fault, never-under any circumstances-the man's. I mean, she pretty much murdered herself. Right?

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    6. Gender has nothing to do with this, m8. Is a person "at fault" for leaving their door unlocked, giving entry to someone meaning to do them harm? It's their fault for leaving it unlocked, and the criminal's fault for taking advantage of that. Both people are at fault, one for negligent or forgetful reasons and the other for morally bankrupt reasons. It's not "victim blaming hurr" to point out that it's dumb to put yourself in a compromising position.

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    7. Your answer is completely patronising. She knew him for years, had no idea about the cameras he had installed to spy on her, or the level of his disgusting obsession. Maybe she felt as if her life wasn't in danger - leading him on, that really made me mad. There is 1 person at fault when a crime is committed, the perpetrator, end of. Some people don't realise until its too late that they are in a 'compromising position'. Placing even part-blame on the victim 'for negligence or forgetful reasons', is victim blaming. Also, dumb...jesus christ - have a word with yourself 'm8'.

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    8. If I forget to lock my door and some fool enters my home, then it is his fault for being shot in the chest (aim for mass) and being killed.

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  5. This is tragic & I hope he never gets out of jail. To the a**hole who said she was giving him false hope - go straight to hell. That young woman was trying to survive as a single woman with no other income and no one returning her calls for other jobs. I don't care if she danced naked in front of him, no human being deserves to be harassed while trying to make a living, murdered, and raped.

    I just wish her parents would have made her pack up her apartment and move home until she could find something better/safer, but I'm sure they didn't imagine things would go this far.

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    1. The job was not a college job, it was a job that she had during the summers when she lived at home. This happened when she was living with her parents. And you are correct, nobody imagined that things would go that far. Cooper was a creep, yes, but people expect a certain kind of progression of violence before they would even think that someone would kill them. Everyone likes to say that they would have left that job, but they're always looking at it through a retroactive lens. I went to both trials, every time he was on the bench testifying I (and other people that were there - family members etc.) had to go into the separate room they had set up for us to watch it on the TV screen. We couldn't make facial expressions in court, talk, etc. so that allowed for us to be able to express our emotions etc. while he was on the witness stand. It was hard keeping it all in inside the actual courtroom because of how much he lied.

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    2. i agree she didn't give him false hope. but she sure as F gave him opportunity ...

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  6. If dark is the night I am the knight if vengeance is not sought I'm vengeance if you you for some reason make it out of prison I'm there to make sure you'll want to return.

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  7. Both Alisha and her mom stated that she tried desperately to find another job. However, the search was futile. As a mother myself, there were many instances while i was watching this that i would have told my daughter to leave the job. I am a jamaican, and in jamaica we would say "its best we share one slice of bread" than to have someone treat my chile with such disrespect and humiliation. Even though Alisha wanted to keep the job for her independence, i think would have listened to her mother if she told her to leave and assured her they would find some way to work it out. Am going to be honest in saying, i cried soooo hard today when i saw this on ID because Alisha's life could have been spared if someone had just made the decision to quit the job. This ordeal was filled with SIGNS...

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    1. It's easier to say in retrospect knowing what occurred. People expect a progression to form from verbal abuse/creepy behavior to physical violence then eventually, murder. People also expect a certain frequency of occurrance too. I was at both trials, and I talk to her mom all the time. I helped her mom make the video that was played at his sentencing. I don't remember if any of the episodes included this detail, but her mom thought she was in a car accident when the police came to her house.

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  8. i was just watching a re-enactment/interview the friends and family type show about this on ID Discovery. i had to turn it off about 60% through because the scumbag playing this scumbag was so effectively creepy and disgusting. i couldn't deal because i wanted to take a baseball bat to his head so badly.

    i'm not a victim blamer. however this beautiful young woman absolutely bears some direct responsibility for her own demise. i mean what the living F ?

    this vile POS had been sexually harassing her and more or less stalking her for years. what job is worth dying for? she lets this loser pressure her into taking a trip 6 hours away and then shares a motel room w this guy? no. no. not up for debate, no. she was old enough to know way better than to give in to that.

    she told her mom and friends that she didn't want to go and they let it happen anyway?? my god. this was so f'ing preventable. this guy had previously creeped out the mom by letting it drop that he'd been in anger management.

    i am truly sorry for everyone's loss but this was an epic failure of judgement on so many levels by so many, including this beautiful young woman. and for anyone who wants to argue that alisha was an adult with her own free will? NO. YOU.DO.NOT.LET.THIS.HAPPEN. you intervene and prevent it.

    my god i hope this guy is beaten to death in prison. how come we never discuss the death penalty for cases with no doubt whatsoever?

    unreal.

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  9. You guys are disgusting and vile to blame the victim of a murder. She did nothing wrong. I can't believe we are in 2021 and people are still victim blaming. Honestly you guys need serious therapy

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    1. "I should be able to walk through the woods without self defense tools nor awareness and never face any consequences. If I get attacked by a wolf or bear, why, I bear zero responsibility whatsoever. It's society's fault for not teaching wolves/bears to not harm humans." -Anonymous, Jan22, 2021 @04:54

      And yes, the analogy carries, because regardless of how much society tries to neuter normal males, there will always be some males that are violent monsters by their very nature. We should be teaching boys and girls alike to recognize warning signs and be able to defend themselves, not fruitlessly trying to "teach men not to [X]" at the expense of regular men.

      I don't blame the girl for being young and naive, but that doesn't mean that innocence and naivety are virtues.

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    2. For me it's not saying she should have quit etc although that is one point, the bigger point for me is when I always hear stories or see movies where a person is alone with a clearly unstable person and they either say will tell on the person or say they won't date them etc....are people that STUPID?? It never ceases to amaze me that they ARE that stupid. If I had something on someone I would never tell them I'm going to report them when I am ALONE with them and likewise if I am alone with a guy I have reported before and I don't like etc and I am alone in a vulnerable position ...ie hotel room, car etc and especially going to be SLEEPING which is the ultimate vulnerable position, there is NO WAY I am going to say I won't date him or be his friend. At that point I will say whatever it takes to get him to stfu, leave me alone and put the issue to bed until I can get the h*** away from him and to safety. Do ppl that do this have no survival instinct. It's like some ppl unfokust have prey written all over them

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  10. Brian Cooper will roam the prison yard a man despised by all but those he finds despicable, shunned by the majority of inmates and will see disgust in every eye contact for the rest of his incarceration. And he still has Hell to look forward to.

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  11. I totally agree w the opinions of person on this thread who says they knew the victim.

    In hindsight it's obvious that the right thing to do was quit this job, but that's hindsight.

    Somehwere in this whole thing Cooper said he'd got creepy w another girlfriend... whether it was Alisha or the next girl this guy was a ticking timebomb, no matter what "signals" the girl did or didn't give him.

    As I remember he was nearly 10 years older than her, this job he had presumably gave him a ton of access to younger women who needed to be working a minimum-wage job to make ends meet.

    If you're female and 15-25 your life is filled w these kinds of pushy interactions from men, honestly. If you work in retail/food, there are plenty of creepy interactions with bosses, patrons, people who show up at your car after closing hours etc. Then the social interactions where friends-of-friends offer to drive you home or someone offers you a drink and you wonder what's in it. It's so much of just what's in the primordial slime of being that age. There's a lot of gray-area creepiness, and it's hard to figure out which creepiness warrants what response.

    Alisha was clearly a person who tried to take on big challenges- college, job, family, pregnancy, future single motherhood. If she were a man we would applaud her for for it and call her enterprising.

    Pregnancy is amazingly marginalizing. She's right to think another employer wouldn't have hired her. We can't know how badly she needed the money and stability the job gave her. She was suuuuper vulnerable.

    Although staying in the same hotel room gave this guy opportunity and many people wouldn't have been comfortable in this situation, in her shoes I might have assumed *lots* of men aren't interested in a pregnant woman, and who expects to be assaulted/murdered after the wedding of someone's sibling??

    If it hadn't been Alisha he would've found another vulnerable person and opportunity. I wish someone had caught him when he set up cameras. But then, how many nutjobs like that are there out there that do that kind of thing and get no criminal records?

    Total speculation but Cooper seems to have some incel "I deserve to have this person" thing going on... I wonder if he thought a pregnant woman would "turn him down". I suspect that he might have thought that bringing Alisha to his sibling's wedding would be some kind of signal to her of what kind of swell guy he was (saying this sarcastically), then never expected that in her situation she'd (rightly so) show him the door.

    He was for suuure super manipulative, (video cameras, planning cables to tie her up with, threats at work etc), so I wouldn't put it past him to have tried to sell himself as some kind of "nice guy" who was "accidentally single" and just wanted to show up w a plus 1 for this wedding. Six hours in the car with this dude up to the wedding must have been dire enough, then everything else...

    Am completely bummed that here's yet another case that some guy's ego got this big: rigging cameras, taking advantage of a vulnerable woman to get a "date" to a wedding (and trying to pester her into a relationship), killing her and her baby... plus the rest. WTF, women can't assume that they'll be wanted by some dude and just be creepy and push and push while living in some alternate reality- it's so entitled. What a POS.

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  12. P.S. SEVEN MONTHS pregnant. OMG.

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