True Crime: ‘How to Murder Your Husband’ Blogger and Novelist Found Guilty of Her Husband’s Murder in 2018


In a crazy true crime story, a 71-year-old blogger and novelist has been found guilty of murdering her husband, after writing a blog post titled “How to Murder Your Husband”. The verdict against Nancy Crampton Brophy fell on Wednesday, May 25, 2022.

True Crime: ‘How to Murder Your Husband’ Blogger and Novelist Found Guilty of Her Husband’s Murder in 2018

In June 2018, Nancy Crampton Brophy visited the Oregon Culinary Institute where her husband worked. She was armed with a 9mm Glock and was spotted by security cameras at the cooking school before Daniel Brophy showed up. After shooting her twice in the heart, she left the scene and was spotted again.

As is often said, criminals always return to the scene of the crime. For the third time, those same cameras caught Nancy Crampton Brophy returning after the shooting in the same car she drove to the scene of the murder. At that time, colleagues had already called the police. She would lie to the police and tell them that she was at home at the time of her murder.

Three days after Daniel Brophy died, Nancy tried to collect her life insurance policy. Prosecutors say the Brophys were in debt as $35,000 was taken out of Daniel’s 401K to cover their mortgage and credit cards.

Nancy Crampton Brophy’s defense for being at the scene of the murder earlier in the day was simply that she didn’t remember it – a ‘memory lapse’, as she called it. She maintained that she did not kill her husband saying, “I know I didn’t go into the building because I know I didn’t kill Dan. I know that for a fact.

Multnomah County Senior Deputy DA Shawn Overstreet weighed in on the verdict in a report:

“I applaud the thoughtfulness, compassion and patience of the jury during what was an arduous eight-week trial that included an array of expert witnesses, witnesses who were there the day Daniel Brophy lost his life, people who knew the Brophys and the defendant herself. I believe their verdict served the interests of justice today.

Crampton Brophy will receive his sentence on Monday, June 13 at 9 a.m.

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