Nancy Crampton Brophy, the romantic novelist who wrote the short story "How to Murder Your Husband" has been found guilty of murdering her husband.
Four years after her husband, chef Daniel Brophy, was found dead in the kitchen of the Oregon Culinary Institute in Southwest Portland, Oregon, a jury found Crampton Brophy, 71, guilty of second degree murder.
The court heard that Crampton Brophy owned the same make and model of gun used to shoot her husband and, despite her initial claim that she had been at home at the time of her husband’s death, had been spotted on CCTV driving to and from the crime scene.
Prosecutors told jurors that Crampton Brophy had killed her husband in order to cash in a $1.4million (£1.07m) life insurance policy because she was short of money.
But Crampton Brophy maintains that she had no motive because their financial problems had been solved by cashing in a chunk of Brophy's retirement savings plan.
Lisa Maxfield, one of Crampton Brophy's defence team, told reporters that they planned to lodge an appeal.
Crampton Brophy's short story 'How to Murder Your Husband' outlined various methods of committing an untraceable crime. However, Circuit Judge Christopher Ramras ultimately excluded the essay from the trial, saying it was likely to prejudice the jury and noting it had been published in 2011.
In the 2011 essay, she wrote: “As a romantic suspense writer, I spend a lot of time thinking about murder and, consequently, about police procedure.
"After all, if the murder is supposed to set me free, I certainly don’t want to spend any time in jail.”
Daniel Brophy was found dead from multiple gunshot wounds at around 7:30 am. on June 2, 2018, at the Oregon Culinary Institute where he worked.
He should have been alone in a kitchen when he was killed, and there were no obvious suspects.
There were no signs of a struggle and no signs of robbery, a police report said. Brophy still had his wallet, phone, and car keys with him, when he was found.
Crampton Brophy will return to court for sentencing on June 13.
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