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‘How to Murder Your Husband’ Fiction Author on the Trail of Real-Life Oregon Murder


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Novelist Nancy Crampton-Brophy, author of the online essay “How to Murder Your Husband,” appeared in an Oregon court on Monday for her murder trial.

Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill charged Brophy, 71, with one count of murder with a firearm in September 2018, but his trial was delayed due to COVID-19, documents show. judicial.

Nancy Crampton-Brophy appears in an Oregon courtroom for her murder trial.
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An indictment alleges that in June 2018, Brophy “unlawfully and intentionally caused the death” of her now deceased husband, Daniel Brophy, using a 9mm pistol. Daniel Brophy was fatally shot at the Oregon Culinary Institute (OCI), where he worked, on June 2, 2018, when the Portland Police Department initially opened an investigation into the case.

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Circuit Judge Christopher Ramras also ruled that prosecutors could not use Brophy’s “How to Murder Your Husband” essay, which lists the motives for her husband’s murder, as evidence in the trial. Brophy’s other works include “The Wrong Series”, including “The Wrong Cop”, “The Wrong Husband”, “The Wrong Seal”, “The Wrong Lover”, “The Wrong Hero” books and other titles such as “The Girl’s Most Likely to.”

‘How to Murder Your Husband’ Fiction Author on the Trail of Real-Life Oregon Murder

Nancy Crampton-Brophy’s Amazon author page.
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An affidavit alleges that security footage from that day shows Nancy driving past the OCI building at 7:08 a.m., before Daniel arrived. The footage then shows her apparently leaving the OIC building shortly after Daniel arrived at 7:28 a.m. Daniel’s colleague entered the building shortly after but only discovered Daniel’s body in one of the school kitchens until 8 a.m.

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Detectives interviewed Nancy after Daniel’s death, and she reportedly told them she had returned home the morning of June 2 and only left after receiving a call from the OCI. She apparently said she once purchased a 9mm handgun but never used it, the affidavit states.

‘How to Murder Your Husband’ Fiction Author on the Trail of Real-Life Oregon Murder

Prosecutors present gun evidence during the Nancy Crampton-Brophy trial.
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In opening statements Monday, however, the defense said Nancy was at a Starbucks in Washington County when her husband was shot.

The defense also presented shared love messages between Nancy and her husband to prove the couple were on good terms before Daniel was shot.

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Court documents further allege that Nancy called detectives in June to request a letter stating that she was not a suspect in her husband’s homicide to be provided to her life insurance company because she had a policy for Daniel worth about $40,000. Prosecutors also claimed that after her husband’s death, Nancy made claims on 10 life insurance policies worth approximately $1.4 million of which she was the beneficiary, according to FOX 12 Portland. .

‘How to Murder Your Husband’ Fiction Author on the Trail of Real-Life Oregon Murder

Nancy Crampton-Brophy appears in an Oregon courtroom for her murder trial.
(KPTV/pool)

The prosecution further alleged that the Brophies began having financial difficulties in 2016 and that Nancy began researching ghost weapons in 2017. She then allegedly spent $15,000 on a ghost weapon and parts in 2017, a reported FOX 12, citing prosecutors.

The first witness to testify on Monday was Maxine Borcherding, a friend of the Brophies, who said Nancy also “defended” her husband when questioned about her, KOIN reported.

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She also told the court that he had a reputation for being “tough” on students if he was unhappy with their work.

“Dan was an incredibly knowledgeable instructor in so many, many areas. If he thought a student was worth his time and attention, he was the best instructor and mentor a student could ask for. But if for any reason he wasn’t happy with the students, he could be pretty tough,” Borcherding said, according to the outlet.

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