‘How to Murder Your Husband’ author goes on trial for allegedly killing his wife
An Oregon romance novelist who once wrote an essay titled “How to Murder Your Husband” will go on trial Monday for allegedly shooting her spouse for a $1.5 million life insurance payout.
Nancy Crampton-Brophy, now 71, has pleaded not guilty to shooting dead her 25-year-old husband, Daniel Brophy, in Portland in June 2018.
Daniel was found with gunshot wounds to his back and chest at the Oregon Culinary Institute where he taught shortly after arriving at work, local outlet KGW8 reported.
Crampton-Brophy, who told police she was at the couple’s home when the shooting unfolded, was arrested months later after detectives said she was near the scene of the crime.
At the time of Daniel’s murder, Crampton-Brophy broke the news to loved ones on Facebook, writing, “To my Facebook friends and family, I have sad news to report. My husband and best friend, Chief Dan Brophy was killed yesterday morning.
She added: “For those of you who are close to me and think this deserved a phone call, you’re right, but I’m having a hard time making sense of it all right now.”
Days after the shooting, Crampton-Brophy also reportedly asked cops to provide her with a letter saying she was not a suspect in her husband’s murder so she could collect on his life insurance policy. worth $40,000.
According to court documents, authorities later learned that Crampton-Brophy could earn $1.5 million when her husband died.
Detectives determined the couple were living paycheck to paycheck at the time.
Crampton-Brophy was once a prolific novelist with book titles such as “Hell on the Heart” and “The Wrong Husband” to her name.
She also wrote a 2011 essay titled “How to Murder Your Husband” in which she wrote, “As a romantic thriller writer, I spend a lot of time thinking about murder and, therefore, police procedural. After everything, if murder is supposed to set me free, I certainly don’t want to spend time in prison.
“It is easier to wish people dead than to kill them. But what I know about murder is that each of us has it in us when pushed far enough,” she added.
Crampton-Brophy is charged with murder and unlawful use of a firearm.