‘How to Murder Your Husband’ Blog by Romance Writer on Trial for Husband’s Murder Will Not Be Seen by Jury


A romance writer charged in the 2018 fatal shooting of her husband won a court victory this week when a judge ruled that a blog she wrote titled ‘How to Murder Your Husband’ cannot be framed as evidence against her.

Nancy Crampton-Brophy’s murder trial began Monday in the death of her spouse. The lifeless body of Daniel Brophy, 63, was found June 2, 2018 inside the Oregon Culinary Institute where he taught, authorities said.

Nancy Crampton-Brophy is accused of shooting and killing her husband.KGW

Crampton-Brophy, then 68, was charged with murder in September 2018. She pleaded not guilty.

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

Crampton-Brophy has been in custody since his arrest, according to The Oregonian. The couple had a grand wedding ceremony in 1997, but weren’t legally married until shortly before Daniel Brophy’s murder, when they signed official paperwork in Washington County, according to Crampton’s attorneys. Brophy.

In 2018, police did not release a possible motive, but said in a statement that based “on information learned during the investigation, detectives believe that Nancy L. Crampton-Brophy is the suspect in the murder of Daniel C. Brophy”.

Investigators determined there were no signs of force or struggle and no signs of theft. Brophy always had his wallet, cellphone and car keys with him, according to court documents.

Traffic cameras show the Crampton-Brophy van approaching and departing from city streets near the institute near the apparent time of the shooting, according to court documents.

NBC KGW subsidiary in Portland reported that before jurors entered court on Monday, the judge ruled in favor of a defense motion barring jurors from hearing about the defendant’s blog that she wrote years ago 11 years old: “How to murder your husband”.

The message was old, it was written for a writing seminar and any value it might have, the judge said, was outweighed by the harm it might cause the jury, according to the KGW report.

Circuit Judge Christopher Ramras could not be reached Tuesday for comment on his decision. Judicial authorities could not immediately provide NBC News with the judge’s decision on the motion.

Crampton-Brophy described herself on her website as the author of “fiction books under the Romance Suspense genre”. Among his works there is a series with the slogan “Wrong never feel so right”, which includes titles such as “The Wrong Hero”, “The Wrong Brother” and “The Wrong Husband”.

“The Wrong Husband” is about a woman who hatches a plan to flee her abusive husband on a birthday trip abroad with him. His escape efforts are diverted when the cruise ship they are on is wrecked off the coast of Italy.

Brophy’s murder stunned the community. After his murder, at a vigil outside the culinary school where he taught for decades, students remembered him as an inspirational instructor with a good sense of humor who helped shape their careers.

Crampton-Brophy also mourned him at the vigil, saying, “Daniel was one of the few people I know 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.

Lead defense attorney Lisa Maxfield said in the Crampton-Brophy court on Monday and her finances both deteriorated after her husband’s death. Crampton-Brophy was not listed on the couple’s deed, and grief kept her from returning to her day job selling health insurance policies, Maxfield said, according to The Oregonian.

The defendant lost “a great listener, a wonderful lover, an accomplished leader and a true life partner,” Maxfield said.

The “case case” against Crampton-Brophy “begs you to turn a blind eye to the most powerful piece of evidence of all: love,” the defense attorney said. Her client had no reason to kill her husband, Maxfield said.

Prosecutors say Crampton-Brophy used a Glock pistol she bought at a gun show in Portland to shoot her husband, after previously purchasing a ‘ghost gun’ assembly kit online , reported The Oregonian.

She then allegedly swapped the gun’s barrel with an identical mechanism, preventing forensic experts from matching spent bullets with the original slide system, which law enforcement was never able to recover. prosecutors said.

The trial is expected to last seven weeks.

Elizabeth Chuck contributed.


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