How to Murder Your Husband Writer Nancy Crampton Brophy found guilty of murdering her husband | American News
A self-published novelist who wrote an essay titled How to Murder Your Husband has been convicted of shooting her husband to death four years ago.
Nancy Crampton Brophy, 71, was found guilty of second-degree murder yesterday after an American jury of seven women and five men in Portland deliberated on the death of Chief Daniel Brophy over a two-day period, according to the station local news KOIN-TV.
The 63-year-old was killed on June 2, 2018, while preparing to work at the Oregon Culinary Institute in southwest Portland.
Crampton Brophy showed no visible reaction when she heard the verdict in the crowded Multnomah County courtroom.
Lisa Maxfield, one of his attorneys, said the defense team planned to appeal.
It comes after prosecutors told jurors Crampton Brophy was motivated by money troubles and a life insurance policy.
She testified during the trial that she had no reason to kill her husband and that their financial problems were mostly solved by cashing in part of Brophy’s retirement savings plan.
But it was discovered that she had the same make and model of firearm that was used to kill her husband, although police never found the weapon.
She testified that her presence near the culinary school was a coincidence
Prosecutors claimed Crampton Brophy swapped the barrel of the gun used in the shooting and then discarded the barrel.
Defense lawyers said the gun parts were actually inspiration for Crampton Brophy’s writing, before adding that someone else could have killed Brophy during a theft gone wrong.
Crampton Brophy was also seen on CCTV footage driving to and from the culinary institute, court exhibits and court testimony were shown.
She testified at trial that her presence near the culinary school on the day of her husband’s death was just a coincidence and that she had parked in the area to work on her handwriting.
Crampton Brophy’s essay on murdering a husband detailed several ways to commit untraceable murder and avoid getting caught.
Circuit Judge Christopher Ramras finally excluded the trial from the trial, noting that it was published in 2011.
But a prosecutor alluded to the essay’s themes without naming him after Crampton Brophy spoke.
She has remained in custody since her arrest in September 2018.
She will be sentenced on June 13.