‘How to Murder Your Husband’ author tried for killing her husband

In his blog post titled “How to Murder Your Husband,” Nancy Crampton Brophy meticulously detailed the pros and cons of various methods: guns are too loud. Poison may not work. A hitman might report you to the police.

The jury charged with determining whether she killed her husband is unlikely to hear about it.

A judge in Portland, Oregon, ruled on the first day of Brophy’s murder trial on Monday that it would be unfair for attorneys in the case to talk about her 2011 trial. In it, Brophy said she believed much to murder because she was a romantic thriller writer.

“I find it easier to wish people dead than to kill them,” she wrote, according to an archived version of the post. “I don’t want to worry about blood and brains splattering on my walls. And really, I’m not good at remembering lies. But what I do know about murder is that each of us has it in us when pushed far enough.

Brophy’s trial attorneys painted contrasting images months before Daniel Brophy was discovered dead at his workplace, the Oregon Culinary Institute, in 2018. Prosecutors said the couple were mired in “despair financial” with no way out – except, Nancy Brophy allegedly allegedly fatally shot her husband to capitalize on a life insurance payout of more than $1.4 million. Her defense attorney countered that the couple’s finances were improving prior to Daniel Brophy’s death and that Nancy Brophy’s purchases of gun supplies were for book research and in response to news of shootings by mass.

In opening statements On Monday, prosecutor Shawn Overstreet said Nancy Brophy began plotting to kill her husband in late 2017. He said she bought supplies to make what’s called a ghost gun, a homemade weapon believed to be not found, but did not know how to built the. So Brophy allegedly bought a Glock 9mm pistol while her husband was at work. Overstreet said she replaced the gun slide and barrel with one ordered from eBay, which caused the gun casings to not appear to match the weapon. And, he said, she practiced shooting at a shooting range.

On June 2, 2018, Overstreet said surveillance video captured Nancy Brophy driving near the culinary institute around 6:39 a.m. About 40 minutes later, he said, Daniel Brophy arrived at work. He was filling buckets of ice and water in a commercial sink with his back to the door when his wife allegedly shot him twice, piercing his spine and heart, the prosecutor said.

Told by a detective that her husband had been found dead, Nancy Brophy said she had been at home all morning. When asked if she owned any weapons, she wouldn’t mention the ghost gun kit.

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Four days later, Nancy Brophy asked the police for a letter saying she was not a suspect so they could collect her husband’s life insurance policy, Overstreet said. The detective refused. Investigators later learned that Brophy allegedly made claims on 10 policies and was also eligible for home equity and a workers’ compensation claim because her husband died on the job.

Brophy, then 68, was arrested in September 2018 for allegedly committing this “She may have thought she was the perfect plan when she ended the life of beloved chef Daniel Brophy,” the prosecution alleges.

But Lisa Maxfield, Brophy’s defense attorney, said there was no way Nancy Brophy did this. Prosecutors were making a “circumstantial” case that asked jurors to ignore the most important circumstance, Maxfield said: that the couple had been in a healthy and vibrant marriage for nearly 25 years.

“Nancy Crampton Brophy was always completely, madly, madly in love with Daniel Brophy, and she still is today,” Maxfield told the jury.

Although money was tight in 2017, Maxfield said the Brophys had formulated a retirement transition plan. Daniel Brophy decided to teach weekend classes at the culinary institute the following year, in addition to his normal weekday classes. He got a part-time kitchen job at a rehabilitation center. The couple were considering subdividing their home.

As a result, Maxfield said, the Brophys have significantly reduced their credit card debt and the payments due on their mortgage. Their financial situation had improved significantly by June 2018 and they had about $10,000 between them, she said.

Maxfield defended the Brophys’ multiple life insurance policies as reasonable for a woman who worked as a saleswoman for various life insurance companies. Nancy Brophy wanted to demonstrate her confidence in the product, Maxfield said, and earned a commission on the policies she sold. So, she says, Brophy had a financial incentive to sometimes add policies.

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After Daniel Brophy died, Maxfield said, his wife rushed to sell the house before the bank could realize the only person on the mortgage was dead and demand full payment. His grief also interfered with his work selling health insurance policies, the defense attorney said.

Brophy’s gun purchases could also be explained, Maxfield said. The ghost gun kit and replacement slide and barrel were research tools for Brophy’s books – successors to the antique doorknobs, police-grade handcuffs, and other items Brophy had previously purchased for his writing. She obtained the Glock pistol in response to news of several mass shootings, Maxfield said.

“Nancy was lost after Dan died,” Maxfield said. “Her friends will tell you that she looked very confused. It was as if the earth had fallen from her feet.

The trial is expected to last several weeks, the Oregonian reported.

Before the death of her husband, Nancy Brophy published at least seven books with plots often centering on “bad” relationships that “seemed so good”. On the covers, chiseled men mugged for the camera and women peeked seductively over their shoulders.

Brophy described herself in an author biography as married to a leader who treats life as a scientific project. She said she decided to marry him when he told her he was making appetizers before joining her in the tub.

“Can you imagine,” she wrote, “going the rest of your life without a man like that?”