‘How to Murder Your Husband’ Author Guilty of Husband’s Murder

How to kill your husband and get caught – tell your cellmate.

Nancy Crampton Brophy, 71, was convicted Wednesday of second-degree murder for the murder of her husband, 63-year-old chef Daniel Brophy, after telling her cellmate about the murder.

The Multnomah County jury ruled Wednesday morning after a five-week trial on the author’s “How to Murder Your Husband,” according to the Portland Eater.

Nancy’s cellmate, Anndrea Jacobs, testified on May 18, telling prosecutors that the novelist had described in detail the distance from which she shot her husband.

Jacobs gestured to the jury, held out her arms to indicate the distance between Nancy and her late husband, and said, “She told me he had been shot twice in the heart and that … she showed me the distance. ”

Jacobs told authorities that her relationship with Nancy became “very uncomfortable” after the exchange.

Nancy had shot her husband in the back and then while he was on the ground in 2018 at the Oregon Culinary Institute where he worked, according to police.

The novelist shot her husband in the back at the Oregon Culinary Institute.
Dave Killen/The Oregonian via AP, Pool, File Photo

Prosecutors said Nancy purchased the same make and model of the weapon used in her husband’s murder, and believe she switched the barrel of the weapon to make it more difficult to trace.

The defense claimed that Nancy’s weapons purchase was for research in her work as a novelist. However, that claim did not seem to hold the jury up.

In addition to the essay “How to Murder Your Husband,” Nancy Crampton Brophy had written another novel titled “The Wrong Husband.”

The convicted novelist and self-tattletale has yet to be convicted.

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