Prosecutor says ‘How to Murder Your Husband’ novelist Nancy Crampton Brophy confesses to killing her husband

The Oregon novelist, author of the fictional work ‘How to Murder Your Husband’, is accused of killing her husband in real life, allegedly slipping up and confessing to shooting by mistake, according to a prosecutor.

Multnomah County Deputy Senior District Attorney Shawn Overstreet says 71-year-old Nancy Crampton Brophy, who is charged with killing her husband, gave details of the shooting with an inmate she was living with, according to Oregon Live .

Nancy Crampton Brophy allegedly killed her husband Daniel Brophy, 63, on June 2, 2018.

She allegedly carried out the murder due to impending financial problems and needed $1.5 million in insurance, authorities said. Nancy Crampton Brophy shot Daniel Brophy in the back and then while he was on the ground, police say.

Nancy Crampton Brophy accidentally made the comment to a cellmate, according to Overstreet, who says the cellmate should testify after Nancy Crampton Brophy’s lawyers plead their case.

In this screen grab from video of her court appearance, romance writer Nancy Crampton Brophy appears in Multnomah County Circuit Court in Portland, Oregon on September 6, 2018, on one count of murder with a gun constituting domestic violence in the June death of her husband, Daniel Brophy.

Overstreet repeated the alleged conversation between Nancy Crampton Brophy and the cellmate in court.

“Ms. Brophy held her arms out like a span and said, ‘I was so far away when the shooting happened,’ Overstreet said.

Nancy Crampton Brophy then corrected herself, Overstreet said, and said the shooting happened at close range.

Inmate Andrea Jacobs told detectives Nancy Crampton Brophy seemed embarrassed after making the comment, and said their relationship had become “very awkward”.

Witness Kathleen Dooley testifies at the Nancy Crampton Brophy murder trial, seen far left with defense attorneys.  Dooley was a student at the Oregon Culinary Institute, where Dan Brody was an instructor, at the time of the murder.
Witness Kathleen Dooley testifies at the Nancy Crampton Brophy murder trial, seen far left with defense attorneys.
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“Ms. Jacobs reported that it got very awkward,” Overstreet said.

The defense said in opening statements to the trial that Nancy Crampton Brophy was at a Starbucks when the shooting happened, and also featured messages between the partners which were used in an attempt to show they were on good terms .

Fox News’ Audrey Conklin contributed to this report.

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