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Nancy Brophy is a romance novelist. Wrote "How to Murder Your husband" essay Before shooting her husband.
Nancy Brophy is a romance novelist. Wrote "How to Murder Your husband" essay Before shooting her husband.
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Learn more about the conviction of romance novelist Nancy Brophy, who is accused of murdering her husband Daniel Brophy.

Nancy's life was turned upside down when her husband was shot at work.

On the morning of June 2, 2018, students at the Oregon Culinary Institute walked into a rear kitchen, where Daniel Brophy was found laying on the floor, having been shot twice. According to a probable cause affidavit, a medical examiner determined that both gunshots could've killed him.

Nancy drove to the school after hearing about the incident at the Institute. Nicole Barlow testified in court. I heard her screaming and crying.

I am overwhelmed by your responses. Nancy wrote in a Facebook post that she needed to save phone calls for a few days until she could function again.

It is time to make 2023. The best one. Ana Walshe wrote a final message. To Husband. Before vanishing.

Daniel and Nancy lived an idyllic life before his death.

She wrote on her website that she lives in the beautiful, green, and very wet Northwest with her chef husband. There are chickens and turkeys in my backyard, a wonderful vegetable garden, and a hot meal on the table every night.

"For those of you who have been waiting for this, I caution you," she said. The old adage is true. When the gods are angry, be careful what you wish for.

Nancy said that Daniel's cooking was the reason she had gained weight over the years, and that they had had their bad times, but it was worth it.

Nancy expressed surprise at her husband's death when detectives spoke to her. Nancy claimed that Daniel didn't have any enemies and would not want to hurt him.

According to the affidavit, Daniel didn't have any wounds on his body. There was no sign of a fight at the crime scene.

Nancy Crampton is on trial in Portland, Ore., accused of killing her husband in June of last year.

Nancy initially told detectives that she was home at the time of the shooting, but they zeroed in on her when they realized that her car was near the Institute between 6:30 and 7:30 a.m.

Nancy had stated that she and Daniel bought a 9mm handgun prior to the killing. She said that they were motivated to purchase it after hearing of a shooting in Florida, but Daniel's son, Nathaniel, later told detectives that he was surprised to hear his father had purchased a gun.

"Nathaniel Stillwater told us he did not consider Nancy Lee Crampton-Brophy or his father to be the type of people to own a gun," the affidavit stated. Nathaniel told us that his father would likely have talked to him about such a purchase.

Nancy had previously worked in insurance sales, as well as writing.

Nancy reached out to the detectives four days after Daniel's death asking if she was a suspect. Homicide detectives. Nancy was the beneficiary of at least three insurance policies worth more than $350,000.

Nancy was arrested on one count of murder with a firearm constituting domestic violence. She told authorities at the time that she killed her husband.

The murder suspect told police. It was really sad. What happened to the victims?

Nancy had written an essay the day before. She gave multiple options for killing a spouse. She shared that she spends a lot of time thinking about murder and police procedure.

Nancy's trial was delayed due to the Covid-19 epidemic and legal maneuvers, as Oxygen.com previously reported.

Prosecutors shared that the Brophys had amassed debt from a home renovation and had dipped into Daniel's 401(k) account to keep from falling behind on payments.

Nancy bought a "ghost gun" kit, which she claimed was the inspiration for a new novel. She was going to write a book about a woman buying a gun as a safety device.

The 9mm gun and the "ghost" gun that were found were not the ones used in the murder, but the spare slide and barrel that Nancy had purchased, Oxygen.com reported.

Nancy continued to argue that she would be better off with her husband alive. They planned to sell the home that caused them duress because their situation was improving.

She said that he was the love of her life and that she was in shock over the loss.

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It's like you've lost an arm. She said that you are not as good as when you were with him. You were the best with him. It's like now. Yes. I function. There's something missing.

Nancy was found guilty of second degree murder in her husband's death by the jury.

Nathaniel said that they had been waiting three and a half years to grieve. It has been important for our family to finally have some closure, and we can begin to grieve, but remember my father always.

Nancy was sentenced to life in prison. She will be eligible for parole after 25 years in prison.

Nathaniel Stillwater shared a victim impact statement at the sentencing, saying, "You are a monster and I'm ashamed that I have to admit to my children that people like you walk among us undetected."

The Lifetime movie "How to Murder Your Husband: The Nancy Brophy Story" is based on the crime.

References:

1. RELATED: ‘Let’s Make 2023 The Best One Yet’: Ana Walshe Wrote Eerie Final Message To Husband Before Disappearing

 

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