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    How The Author Of ‘How To Murder Your Husband’ Actually Murdered Her Husband

    The romantic-thriller author Nancy Crampton Brophy has used her own advice. The American author has several self-published novels including ‘The Wrong Husband‘ and an online essay titled ‘How To Murder Your Husband‘. 

    She recently had to appear in court as the suspect in her own husband’s murder, Daniel Brophy. And, she was found guilty! So, how did she commit the crime?

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    ‘How To Murder Your Husband’ Author Nancy Crampton Brophy Guilty Of Murdering Her Husband 

    Nancy guilt of killing her husband
    Nancy is guilty of killing her husband

    The court case went on for quite a few weeks. The final verdict on June 13 found Nancy guilty of second-degree murder. The 71-year-old was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 25 years.

    Daniel Brophy, 63, was found fatally wounded on the morning of June 2, 2018, in a kitchen space at the Oregon Culinary Institute. He was a chef and culinary instructor. Students discovered his body when they showed up for class, Portland Police spokesman Pete Simpson told reporters.

    Nancy maintained her innocence throughout the case, but she did not get the ending she was hoping for. “Dan Brophy was content in his simplistic lifestyle, but Nancy Brophy wanted something more,” Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office alleged in court documents. “As Nancy Brophy became more financially desperate and her writing career was floundering, she was left with few options.”

    Daniel was shot twice, once in the back and again in the chest at close range. There was no sign of a struggle, and cash and credit cards were in his wallet, an indication that robbery wasn’t a motive, prosecutors said. Two 9-mm shell casings were found at the scene.

    Nancy apparently killed Daniel to collect his 10 insurance policies, plus home equity and workers’ compensation, altogether worth more than $1.4 million. Ironically, Nancy is now more well-known than ever before. Though it’s unlikely that demand for her other books could ever match the interest in ‘How to Murder Your Husband.’

    About Nancy And Daniel Brophy’s Lives

    Nancy & Daniel Brophy
    Nancy and Daniel Brophy

    The author of titles such as ‘Hell on the Heart’ and ‘The Wrong Lover’ lived with her chef husband in the Northwest. She explained her life there as a place where “chickens and turkeys in my backyard, a fabulous vegetable garden which also grows tobacco for an insecticide and a hot meal on the table every night.”

    More than 100 people attended a candlelight vigil held outside the school after Daniel died. There, Nancy told the mourners, “Daniel was one of the few people I’ve ever known who did exactly what he wanted in life and loved doing it. He was a person who did what he loved: he loved teaching, he loved mushrooms, he loved his family.”

    Police didn’t identify any suspects until September 7, 2018, when they announced that Nancy had been arrested two days earlier on suspicion of murdering her husband based on information learned during the investigation.

    Daniel’s faculty bio on the school’s website described him as “an expert in marine biology, master gardener, and mushroom expert,” as well as the “most active faculty member leading field trips, organizing student projects, and speaking in the community.”

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