An American novelist who wrote an essay titled “How to Murder Your Husband” has been found guilty of murdering her husband.
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A Portland, Oregon jury took only eight hours on Wednesday to return a guilty verdict against Nancy Crampton Brophy for shooting Daniel Brophy.
Prosecutors say the writer, whose ‘Wrong Never Felt So Right’ novel series includes ‘The Wrong Husband’ and ‘The Wrong Lover’, struggled financially before shooting her husband twice in the heart in June 2018 at a culinary institute where he worked.
Crampton Brophy, 71, had denied the charge, insisting that security camera footage that took her to the crime scene simply showed her seeking inspiration from a writer.
She also claimed that a missing firearm police believe was the murder weapon purchased as part of the search for a novel, and denied that the hundreds of thousands of dollars in life insurance that she could win were grounds for murder.
Lawyers for Crampton Brophy have said they will appeal the second-degree murder conviction, The Oregonian newspaper reported.
“Nancy Brophy loved her husband,” attorney Kristen Winemiller told the jury during the trial. “You can see it in her eyes every time she talks about him. His eyes lit up, they absolutely twinkled.
Crampton Brophy was arrested in September 2018 and has been in custody ever since.
Prosecutor Shawn Overstreet presented tons of evidence showing how Crampton Brophy conspired to kill her husband, who was 63.
“It’s not just a question of money. This is the lifestyle that Nancy wanted and that Dan couldn’t give her,” he testified at the trial.
Crampton Brophy had dismissed claims of shortages when she spoke last week, insisting her financial troubles were long over.
“I do better with Dan financially alive than with Dan dead,” she said.
“Where is the motivation, I would ask you? An editor laughed and said, “I think you need to work harder on this story, you’ve got a big hole in it.”
Crampton Brophy, who faces life in prison, will be sentenced at a later date.
The How to Kill Your Husband blog post, which is still available online, discusses methods and motivations for sending an unwanted spouse.
These include financial gain and the use of a gun, although guns are noted to be “noisy, messy, require some skill”.
“But what I know about murder is that each of us has it in us when pushed far enough,” the essay says.
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