A novelist who wrote an online essay titled How to Murder Your Husband has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of her own husband.
Nancy Crampton Brophy, 71, was convicted of second degree murder on May 25 after a seven-week trial.
His sentence includes the possibility of parole after 25 years in prison.
Prosecutors said Crampton Brophy shot and killed Dan Brophy, 63, inside the now-closed Oregon Culinary Institute where he worked in 2018 because she was standing to get money from her health payment. ‘life insurance.
The prosecution also told jurors the couple ran into financial difficulties at the time of the murder and said they researched and purchased a ‘ghost gun’ kit online, then later purchased a Glock 17 handgun at a gun show.
Crampton Brophy’s attorney argued that the state’s evidence was circumstantial and disputed claims of financial trouble.
They also brought in witnesses who testified to the couple’s strong and loving relationship.
Crampton Brophy spoke up and said she and her husband both took out life insurance policies as part of their retirement planning and had a plan to reduce their debt.
She also stated that her research on ghost guns was in preparation for a future novel.
Crampton Brophy’s case sparked international interest after it emerged she once wrote an essay about the murder of a husband.
The essay detailed several ways to commit untraceable murder and avoid getting caught.
But Circuit Judge Christopher Ramras finally excluded the essay from the trial, noting that it was published in 2011.
A prosecutor again mentioned the themes of the trial without naming it after Crampton Brophy took the stand.
She had remained in detention since her arrest in September 2018.