A romance novelist in Oregon now known for a series of questionable publications including an essay titled 'How To Murder Your Husband' pled 'not guilty' to murder charges. The novelist is accused of murdering her husband of 27 years.
"Nancy Crampton Brophy, a romance novelist, is accused of shooting and killing her chef husband to cash in on more $1.5 million in insurance claims and equity from their home, according to allegations in court documents released Monday in advance of a bail hearing.
Brophy, 69, was arrested in September 2018 and charged with murder in connection with the death of her husband, 63-year-old Daniel Brophy.
Daniel Brophy was found killed in June 2018 at the Oregon Culinary Institute, where he was a chef and instructor.
Nancy Brophy is seeking to be released from jail and moved to “home detention” due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office is opposing bail for Nancy Brophy."
According to court documents obtained by KGW8 Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill provided details to the murder of Daniel Brophy in his opening argument and why authorities believe his wife killed him. Essentially, Underhill argues the couple was getting by month-to-month financially and Crampton-Brophy, who was seeking a more exciting life, stood to gain $1.5 million from her husband’s death.
“Nancy Brophy planned and carried out what she believed was the perfect murder. A murder that she believed would free her from the grips of financial despair and enter a life of financial security and adventure,” Underhill said in the newly available court documents.
On the morning of June 2, 2018, students found Daniel Brophy dead inside the Oregon Culinary Institute, located at 1701 SW Jefferson St. just outside of downtown Portland. The medical examiner determined Brophy was shot twice. Two 9 mm shell casings were found at the scene. Investigators determined they were likely fired from a Glock.
Her defense attorney claims that the evidence against Brophy was 'paper-thin' and tainted by police. They moved to dismiss the case stating that the police failed to 'preserve key evidence in the case'.