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Trial of Nancy Crampton Brophy, who wrote an essay titled ‘How to Murder Your Husband’ to begin in Oregon

Daniel Brophy’s family members have been waiting for justice for more than three years since he was shot while filling buckets of water and ice in the kitchen of the former Oregon Culinary Institute in June 2018. The he wife of Brophy, 71, a romance novelist who wrote an essay titled ‘How to Murder Your Husband’ in 2011, has been waiting in jail.

The COVID-19 pandemic is largely responsible for the gap between the 2018 arrest of Nancy Crampton-Brophy on suspicion of murdering her husband of 27 years and her murder trial, which is due to begin on Monday. Prosecutors say Crampton-Brophy’s lawyers used the pandemic in a number of attempts to evade the consequences of his alleged crime, of a request to let her await trial in a guesthouse so that she does not catch COVID-19 in prison for another asking a judge to delay the trial on the grounds that older jurors more likely to view the defendant in a favorable light would likely skip jury duty for fear of catching the disease.

Now, Crampton-Brophy will finally be forced to answer the accusation that she killed her husband in pursuit of over $1 million in life insurance. And Daniel Brophy’s family will finally get a solution to their father’s murder.

“It was awful. Every time they get ready to leave it’s a delay whether it’s COVID, defense motions – there’s been two defense set ups – they’re all getting ready and in this state of mind, then it’s all for naught again,” attorney Christine Mascal told The Daily Beast on Wednesday. Mascal is representing Daniel Brophy’s son, Nathaniel Stillwater, who filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Crampton-Brophy, claiming $1.7 million in damages.”With all these delays, the family must have forgotten about that. They are very anxious and excited to move this project forward.”

Daniel Brophy and his son Nathaniel Stillwater.


Brophy’s 2018 murder “come as a shock” to Stillwater and those close to him, Mascal said. Brophy had just arrived for work that morning of June 2 at the Institute, where his students and fellow teachers all looked up to him. Someone shot him in the back and then in the chest, piercing his heart and killing him. For several months, the murder remained a mystery, with no signs of a fight or robbery, and no known enemies of Brophy, until investigators began digging into the activities of Brophy’s wife online.

The evidence unearthed by detectives was circumstantial, but juicy. The motive was the half-dozen life insurance policies that Crampton-Brophy had to collect upon her husband’s untimely death, a figure increased by several hundred thousand dollars if he died on the job. For a murder weapon, there was the Crampton-Brophy slide and barrel pistol which was allegedly purchased on eBay after visiting the website, which is believed to match the 9mm handgun she told police she and her husband had jointly purchased at a gun show in Portland but never used. “Detectives then suspected that Nancy Brophy had removed the original slide and barrel from the pistol she had surrendered to the police, replaced it with the slide and barrel purchased on eBay, and had shot her husband, then had replaced the eBay slide and barrel with the original, thus being able to present police with a new fully intact firearm that would not match the casings they left at the crime scene,” wrote prosecutors in an April 2020 memorandum. “Detectives never recovered the slide and barrel purchased on eBay. Nancy Brophy deleted her eBay account just days after the murder.

There was also surveillance footage contradicting Crampton-Brophy’s claims to police that she had stayed home after her 27-year-old husband left for work that morning, footage near the scene of the crime that showed her driving her Toyota van in two directions: one at 6:39 a.m. , toward the shooting, another away from it at 7:28 a.m., according to court documents.

Dan Brophy was killed in this window.

“Although this first shot probably paralyzed Dan Brophy and rendered him immobile, lying on his back, Nancy Brophy then moved towards the helpless victim and shot him again at point-blank range, also piercing the heart. and ensuring that Daniel Brophy would die,” prosecutors said. wrote in a 2020 court filing.

And the most salacious, albeit circumstantial, details: Crampton-Brophy’s own writing, which for true crime buffs couldn’t be more exciting.

“Writers are liars,” she wrote in a post on his site. “I don’t remember who said that, but it’s not true. By writing fiction, you dig deep and uncover parts of your own life that you have long forgotten or intentionally buried deep.

Crampton-Brophy described an essentially idyllic life and marriage, “in the beautiful, green, very humid Northwest (sic), married to a leader whose mantra is: life is a science project. So there are chickens and turkeys in my garden, a fabulous vegetable patch that also grows tobacco for bug spray and a hot meal on the table every night.

She knew Daniel Brophy was Mr. Right when he responded to a bath invitation with, “Yeah, but I’m making appetizers,” she wrote. “Can you imagine spending the rest of your life without a man like that?”

The couple spent the rest of their lives together, but not his. In the same post, Crampton-Brophy hinted that the marriage might not be as happy as it seemed, with “ups and downs, more good times than bad,” he said. she writes. “For those of you who have dreamed about it, let me warn you. The old adage is true. Be careful what you wish for, when the gods are really angry, they grant us their wishes.

The writer’s case made national headlines after The Oregonian unearthed an explosive piece of Crampton-Brophy’s work, in 2011, titled “How to Murder Your Husband.” The work was meant to be ironic, but the author’s advice bore uncanny similarities to her husband’s ultimate murder. “As a romantic thriller writer, I spend a lot of time thinking about murder and, therefore, police procedure. After all, if murder is supposed to set me free, I certainly don’t want to spend time in jail. And let me just say for the record, I don’t like jumpsuits and orange is not my color.

In the next section, “Motives,” Crampton-Brophy begins with the financial aspects. ” It’s big. Divorce is expensive and you really want to divide your property? Or if you married for money, aren’t you entitled to everything? The downside (sic) is that the police aren’t stupid. They look at you first. So you have to be organized, ruthless and very clever. Husbands have already disappeared from cruise ships. Why not yours?

Crampton-Brophy advises against crimes of passion, as there is “a lead that leads directly to you” and “it doesn’t appear that a stranger is involved.” And who’s left to clean the blood off your carpet? If the church frowns on divorce, “it helps to be a widow,” she advises, adding “it helps if you’re not too burdened with the 10 commandments.”

As for how to do the job, it starts with guns. “Strong, messy, requires some skill. If it takes 10 shots for the sucker to die, either you have a terrible goal or he’s on drugs. The knives are out, because “blood everywhere. yuck. A tourniquet is forbidden, she wrote, because “how much upper body strength does it take to strangle a person?” Poison, “a woman’s weapon”, takes too long. “Besides, they are sick all the time. Who wants to hang out with a sick husband? And a mercenary? “Do you know a hitman?” Neither do I. And an incredible number of hitmen report you to the police. Or blackmail you later.

Nancy Crampton-Brophy appears in Multnomah County Circuit Court in Portland, Oregon in 2018.

Multnomah County Circuit Court/Courtesy The Oregonian/AP

Crampton-Brophy also considers murder by “heavy equipment” and “hiring a lover”, both problematic for different reasons. But in the end, she wrote, “I find it easier to wish people dead than to actually kill them…but what I do know about murder is that each of us has it in us when ‘he’s pushed far enough.’

Seven years later, Crampton-Brophy’s husband was gone.

On Facebook, Crampton-Brophy shared “sad news” the day after the murder. “My husband and best friend, Chef Dan Brophy was killed yesterday morning…while I appreciate all of your loving responses, I am devastated.”

Detectives quickly found the ghost gun purchase, and Crampton-Brophy bookmarked an article titled “10 ways to cover up a murderin an iTunes account she shared with her husband. During her arrest in September 2018, she asked the police “Are you arresting me? You must think I murdered my husband.

Next came an indictment by a Multnomah County grand jury, on one count of murder.

For Daniel Brophy’s family members, “there is no doubt in their minds who caused his death,” Mascal told The Daily Beast. Yet while the evidence against Crampton-Brophy can be salacious, it’s also very circumstantial, Mascal said. “That’s the challenge,” she says. “But I think there’s pretty compelling evidence for the state to present. It will establish that she is responsible for the murder.

Neither Crampton-Brophy’s lawyers nor prosecutors agreed to be interviewed for this story.