‘How to murder your husband’ Author sentenced for murdering husband

Nancy Crampton Brophy, an Oregon romance author who apparently predicted her crime in an essay titled “How to Murder Your Husband,” was sentenced to life in prison for the shooting death of her late husband.

Last month, Crampton Brophy, 71, was found guilty of second-degree murder.

A jury determined that she shot her husband of 26 years in 2018 in exchange for a $1.5 million (£1.2 million) life insurance payout.

Crampton Brophy was a self-published author of steamy romance and suspense novels such as “The Wrong Husband” and “The Wrong Lover” before her crime.

Daniel Brophy, her late husband, was a chef and well-known instructor at the Oregon Culinary Institute.

In June 2018, he was discovered shot twice in the Institute’s kitchen.

Last month, his widow was found guilty of murder.

The case drew a lot of attention because of an essay Crampton Brophy wrote years before the crime called “How to Murder Your Husband.”

“The thing I know about murder is that when pushed far enough, every one of us has it in him/her,” she had said in the now-deleted post.

She listed a variety of methods for committing mariticide, ranging from guns and knives to poison and hitmen, before concluding that “it is easier to wish people dead than to actually kill them.”

Daniel Brophy

“If the murder is supposed to set me free, I certainly don’t want to spend any time in jail,” she added.

A judge refused to admit the essay as evidence in her trial because it was written years before as part of a writing seminar.

However, prosecutors did not require the text.

They successfully argued that Crampton Brophy had both the motive and the means to murder her partner, demonstrating that the couple had fallen on hard times financially and that she stood to benefit financially from his death.

In surveillance footage shown in court, Crampton Brophy was seen driving to and from the Institute at the time of the crime.

Although the murder weapon was never found, she was shown to have purchased a gun of the same make and model.

In her own defense, the author stated that she had a “memory hole” from the morning of Brophy’s death. She couldn’t deny that she was driving around the Institute.

After less than two days of deliberation, a jury of 12 found her guilty of second-degree murder.

Her life sentence, which was handed down on Monday, includes the option of parole after 25 years. Her attorneys have stated that they intend to file an appeal.

Friends and family members of the late chef made statements ahead of the sentencing.

“You chose to lie, cheat, steal, defraud, and ultimately kill your biggest fan,” Nathaniel Stillwater, Brophy’s son from a previous marriage, said. “You were – to borrow from your catalogue – the wrong wife.”

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