AUTHOR Nancy Crampton-Brophy, who wrote an article entitled How To Murder Your Husband, is on trial accused of murdering her husband.
The 71-year-old self-publisher is a romance novel accused of shooting her husband age 26 Dan Brophy, in southwest Portland, Oregon, in 2018.
The murder trial began Monday after prosecutors claimed she killed Brophy, an instructor at the Oregon Culinary Institute, to ensure “a life of financial security and adventure.”
Multnomah County Assistant District Attorney Shawn Overstreet told jurors that Ms. Crampton-Brophy was motivated by greed and a $1.4 million insurance policy Oregon Live.
He said she was “executing what she thought might be the perfect plan” when she allegedly followed her husband to work and shot him twice – first in the back, then once in the chest at point-blank range as he was on the ground lay.
He added, “All the leads the detectives followed all pointed back to Nancy Brophy.”
He added that any shot from the Glock pistol could have been fatal.
Brophy was found unconscious in one of the kitchens at the Oregon Culinary Institute by his students.
Although one of them attempted CPR, Brophy died at the scene.
Crampton-Brophy was arrested on a single murder charge in September 2018 and has been in custody ever since.
She later pleaded not guilty to the murder charge.
Detectives determined at the time that Crampton-Brophy was the beneficiary of several life insurance policies taken out for her husband.
She had also made an indemnity claim for Accidental Death Compensation, of which she was the beneficiary.
Between life insurance and workers’ compensation insurance, Crampton-Brophy was entitled to $1.15 million after her husband’s death, detectives said KGW8.
Her lead defense attorney, Lisa Maxfield, said the author and her finances had deteriorated after the murder cast doubt on allegations of motive, adding that Crampton-Brophy was not listed on the deed to the couple’s home.
The “circumstantial case” against her “begs to turn a blind eye to the strongest evidence of all: love,” she said.
The novelist will take a stand in her own defense.
During the investigation, detectives discovered that she had written an article entitled How to Murder Your Husband and found an article saved on the couple’s shared iTunes account entitled 10 Ways to Cover Up a Murder.
The process is expected to take seven weeks.
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https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/18180668/author-nancy-crampton-brophy-murder-husband-trial/ Author Nancy Crampton-Brophy, who wrote How To Murder Your Husband, is on trial for the murder of her husband