‘How to Murder Your Husband’ author sentenced to life in prison
A novelist who wrote an essay titled How to Murder Your Husband before she allegedly murdered her own husband has been sentenced to life in prison.
Judge Christopher Ramras, who oversaw the trial, said author Nancy Crampton Brophy, 71, will be eligible for parole after 25 years, according to CBS News.
A month ago, Crampton Brophy was found guilty of murdering her late husband Daniel Brophy in June 2018 to collect his $1.4 million insurance award.
She also suggested that she was too senile to remember being at the murder scene around the time her wife was killed.
Crampton Brophy made the bizarre claim in court in Portland, Oregon in May when asked about a photo of her driving her car around the time her husband was murdered Four years ago.
Nancy Crampton Brophy, pictured in court on Monday, said a woman pictured near the scene of her husband’s murder in 2018 looked like her – but suggested she was too senile to remember if she was actually there
Crampton Brophy, who was 68 at the time, agreed it looked like her in the car, but insists she doesn’t remember being there.
She then added, “You know what they say, old age is not for sissies.
‘I’m 65, starting to lose my sight, looking at this thinking ‘Oh man, I’m starting to lose my mind. How could this have happened and I can’t remember’. .
“Even now, my mind is kind of blank from the horror.”
Chef and teacher Daniel Brophy was shot dead at the Oregon Culinary Institute in 2018.
His widow insisted he had been the victim of a mysterious attacker.
No other suspects have ever been named or sought by police, and Crampton Brophy is the only person arrested for this crime.
Although she does not recall being in the area at the time, she claims she remembered seeing a mysterious man in a van in the area on the same day.
Crampton Brophy said, “I see myself sitting in this park, writing.”
“The reason it stands out was a parking lot, it looks empty, but there was a white van there,” she added. “But there was one guy who kept coming and going, coming and going. It was just enough to throw me out of there that I moved.
When asked by her lawyer if it was in fact a real memento, Brophy replied that it was and she described what she was doing in the car.
“I have a notepad, I jot things down. It’s a nice day, I remember because it wasn’t raining. It’s fishy, I’m sitting here putting it all together. It would be a place where I would have felt very comfortable writing, so I’m sure it’s a real keepsake,” Brophy said.
No murder weapon was ever found. Crampton Brophy was in possession of a ghost gun kit and a Glock after her husband’s murder, but neither fired the bullets that killed him.
She also denied allegations that she killed Daniel Brophy over an expensive life insurance policy that paid out $1.4 million after his death.
Daniel Brophy was killed at the Oregon Culinary Institute in Portland, where the former chef taught students who wanted to learn how to cook
Recalling her husband’s death, Crampton Brophy became emotional, saying she had lost a great deal of her life.
“It’s as if you had lost an arm. You know?’ said Brophy. ‘Like, you’re just not as good as you were when you were with him. When you’re with him, you were the best you could be. And now it’s like yes, I’m working, but something is missing.
Brophy said the couple were in debt and they both started selling Medicare insurance in order to have a stable income and they also agreed to fix their house in order to sell it as well as take out a loan against their plan 401k for landscaping, kptv.com reported.
“Dan knew credit card debt was going to kill us,” Brophy said. ‘We couldn’t sustain so much interest. It was really his first concern was to get rid of the debt. My first concern was also to prepare us to sell the house.
Prosecutors say Crampton Brophy was motivated by her husband’s $1.4million life insurance policy and played an audio recording in court in which she asked a detective four days later to write a letter specifically exonerating her from the death of her husband so that she could collect the life insurance. Politics.
She claimed the policy was worth $40,000, but investigators said she tried to claim 10 different policies totaling $1.4 million, as well as a workers’ compensation plan because it had been killed on the job.
Crampton Brophy with her late husband. The couple had endured debt, but Crampton Brophy insists she didn’t kill Daniel over his $1.4million life insurance policy.
The Oregon Culinary Institute is pictured after the June 2018 murder of Daniel Brophy
The court also previously heard how she bought a ‘ghost gun’ assembly kit online on Christmas Eve 2017, which Brophy himself had signed off on delivery in January 2018, and his wife was traveling for the work.
Unable to assemble the gun, Crampton Brophy bought another weapon at a gun show in Portland in February 2018 and, a month later, began training on a shooting range.
But in May, Crampton Brophy testified that his fascination with ghost guns had grown after reading about them in The New York Times and planned to write a romance novel about a woman who feared for her safety, every chapter introducing a new part pf the gun.
Earlier in the trial, Judge Ramras ruled that prosecutors could not introduce as evidence an essay titled “How to Murder Your Husband” that Crampton Brophy wrote in 2011 while applying to a writers’ group.
“As a romantic thriller writer, I spend a lot of time thinking about murder and, therefore, police procedure,” Crampton Brophy wrote in the essay.
“After all, if murder is supposed to set me free, I certainly don’t want to spend time in prison. And let me just say for the record, I don’t like jumpsuits and orange is not my color.
The essay also weighed valid grounds for murder, including infidelity and the costs of a divorce, and methods; knives are “really personal” while guns are “noisy, messy (and) require some skill”.
But Ramras deemed the post too old to be relevant – and said any value it might bring to the trial is outweighed by the harm it may cause.
He ruled that “any minimal probative value of an article written so long ago is far outweighed by the danger of unfair prejudice and confusion of issues”.
Crampton Brophy also wrote in an online biography about the struggles of being married to a chef.
“As a result, there are chickens and turkeys in my garden, a fabulous vegetable patch that also grows tobacco for bug spray and a hot meal on the table every night,” she wrote.
‘For those of you who have dreamed of this, allow me to warn you. The old adage is true. Be careful what you wish for, when the gods are really angry they grant us our wishes.