Nancy Crampton Brophy, the romance novelist from Oregon is in custody and is facing a single count of murder. Coincidentally, the woman who wrote "How to Murder Your Husband" is accused of murdering her husband.

Crampton Brophy was arrested on September 5th, 2018, and has remained in custody since. Back in 2018, Chef Daniel Brophy, 63, was shot in the back at his place of work as he was prepping at the Oregon Culinary Institute in Southwest Portland around 7:30 a.m on June 2.

Multnomah County Senior Deputy District Attorney Shawn Overstreet told jurors that Crampton Brophy was motivated by greed and a $1.4 million insurance policy.

She “executed what she perhaps believed to be the perfect plan,” Overstreet said. It is suspected that the 68-year-old followed her husband to work and shot him in the back with a Glock pistol. The bullet pierced his spine and heart, he was then shot again as he lay sprawled out on the floor.

“All of the leads that detectives followed up with all pointed back at Nancy Brophy,” Overstreet said.

Brophy’s death remained a mystery until his wife was arrested almost 4 months later. Authorities never publicly disclosed another suspect in the case.

Daniel Brophy was the only person inside the culinary school at the time of his death, and the school had no security cameras.

"Traffic cameras show Crampton Brophy’s minivan approaching and departing from city streets near the institute close to the apparent time of the shooting, providing a 13-minute window when she could have fatally shot her husband of 21 years," Attorney Shawn Overstreet said.

"Crampton Brophy used a Glock pistol she bought at a Portland gun show to shoot her husband, after previously buying a “ghost gun” assembly kit online that she lacked the know-how to actually build. She then allegedly swapped out the gun’s barrel with an identical mechanism, preventing forensic experts from matching the spent bullets with the original slide-racking system, which law enforcement officers were never able to recover." (OregonLive)

In 2011, Nancy Crampton Brophy had written an essay titled “How to Murder Your Husband” for a writers group that she applied for. Circuit Judge Christopher Ramras ruled prosecutors cannot introduce that essay as evidence.
The trial is expected to last several weeks.
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