‘How to Murder Your Husband’ author charged with murdering her husband

A novelist who once wrote an essay titled ‘How to Murder Your Husband’ is now on trial after being charged with her husband’s murder.

Nancy Crampton-Brophy, 71, from Oregon, US, wrote the bizarre article in 2011. The essay is said to detail numerous motives and ways to kill your spouse.


Ironically, she is now accused of fatally shooting her husband, Daniel Brophy, in June 2018 to earn over $1.5million in life insurance.

Brophy was found dead in a kitchen at the Oregon Culinary Institute (OCI) in Portland on June 2, 2018. His body was found by a colleague, with a gunshot wound to his back and another to his chest, The Washington Post reported.

According to court documents, investigators found the suspect was in Portland, where her husband worked, at the time of the murder, but Crampton-Brophy lied to authorities saying she had been home the whole time.

Nancy Crampton-Brophy pictured with her husband.
Brophy family

The writer had shared the news of her husband’s death on Facebook the day after the tragedy, according to The Washington Post.

In her post, she wrote: “I have some sad news to report. My husband and best friend, Chef Dan Brophy was killed yesterday morning. I’m having a hard time making sense of it all at the moment. Well that I appreciate the toy-loving responses, I’m overwhelmed.”

“For those of you close to me who think this deserved a phone call, you’re right, but I’m having a hard time making sense of everything right now,” the post continued.

Nancy Crampton Brophy

She was eventually arrested in September 2018 and pleaded not guilty to all charges against her.

Crampton-Brophy was once a prolific novelist who published books such as “The Wrong Lover” and “The Wrong Husband”, and in 2011 wrote the essay “How to Murder Your Husband” for the See Jane Publish blog.

While the murder made headlines two years ago, the trial was delayed largely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prosecutors say Crampton-Brophy’s lawyers used the pandemic in a number of attempts to evade the consequences of his alleged crime.

However, the trial is now underway.

Crampton-Brophy will eventually be forced to answer the charge of killing her husband in an effort to obtain over $1 million in life insurance. And Daniel Brophy’s family will finally get a solution to their father’s murder.

Crampton-Brophy is charged with murder and unlawful use of a firearm.

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