An Oregon judge has sentenced novelist Nancy Cramton Broffey to life in prison for shooting her dead husband in an essay titled “How to Murder Your Husband.”
Cramton Broffey, 71, was convicted last month of first-degree murder.
A jury found that in 2018 she shot and killed her 26-year-old husband for $1.5 million in life insurance. Prior to the murder, Crampton Boffy was a self-proclaimed author of works of romance and suspense, which included novels such as Wrong Husband and Wrong Boyfriend.
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His late Daniel Broffy was chef and professor emeritus at the Oregon Culinary Institute. He was found after being shot twice in a research lab canteen in June 2018. His widow was convicted last month of murder.
This case drew much attention to Crampton Boffy’s essay “How to Kill Your Husband”, written some years before the murder. “We are aware of the crimes,” he said in a statement that has now been deleted.
Before writing: “It’s easier to want people to die than to actually kill them,” he said. “I don’t want to spend time in jail if murder frees me,” he added.
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A judge refused to accept an essay written at a writing workshop a few years ago as evidence in court. But the prosecution did not need a text.
They succeeded in demonstrating that Crampton Boffy had the motive and the means to kill his partner, showing that the couple were going through difficult financial times and could receive substantial insurance payments after his death. Crampton saw Brofi walking to and from the lab with CCTV cameras installed in court at the time of the murder. The police did not find a weapon of mass destruction, but it turned out to be a rifle of the same brand.
From the morning of his death, writer Brophy took a stand to defend himself, claiming he had a “memory lapse”. However, it is undeniable that the machine has passed through the laboratory.
After less than two days of deliberation, a 12-member jury found him guilty of first-degree murder. On Monday, his life sentence includes 25 years of probation. His lawyers have announced that they will appeal. Ahead of the verdict, friends and relatives of the deceased released a statement.
Brophy’s former son-in-law Nathaniel Stillwater said, “You decided to lie, cheat, kidnap, cheat and kill the person you were the biggest fan of.” “You weren’t the right woman borrowed from the catalog.”