‘How to Murder Your Husband’ Author Jailed for Life for Spouse’s Murder

Murder, she wrote: Novelist Nancy Crampton Brophy, who wrote ‘How to Kill Your Husband’, was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of his wife

Luis ROBAYO

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An American writer who wrote a tract titled “How to Murder Your Husband” was sentenced to life in prison on Monday for fatally shooting his husband.

Nancy Crampton Brophy, 71, will be able to seek parole in 25 years, a judge in the northwestern Oregon state told her.

Crampton Brophy’s month-long murder trial heard how the author used a gun barrel bought on eBay to kill her husband in the hope of raising hundreds of thousands of dollars in life insurance.

The weapon, which she said had been acquired as part of the search for a new novel, was never found.

Chef Daniel Brophy was found on the floor of a classroom at a now defunct culinary institute where he worked in June 2018. He had been shot twice.

CCTV footage showed his wife driving in the area at the time.

The author, whose ‘Wrong Never Felt So Right’ novel series includes ‘The Wrong Husband’ and ‘The Wrong Lover’, claimed she had no memory of being there, but assumed she reportedly been around the neighborhood trying to get inspiration for a new work of fiction.

Crampton Brophy, whose lawyers said last month they would appeal the verdict, has denied the killing, insisting years of financial struggle were behind the couple and she had no reason to kill her husband.

“Where’s the motivation? I’d ask you,” Crampton Brophy said as she sparred with the prosecutor during her trial.

“An editor would laugh and say, ‘I think you need to work harder on this story, you’ve got a big hole in it. “”

Her blog post “How to Kill Your Husband”, 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 do know about murder is that each of us has it in us when pushed far enough,” the essay says.