Prosecutor says ‘How to Murder Your Husband’ novelist confessed to killing husband

The Oregon romance novelist who authored the fiction work “How to Murder Your Husband” is accused of killing her husband in real life allegedly slipped up and confessed to the shooting by mistake, according to a prosecutor.

According to the Multnomah County Senior Deputy District Attorney Shawn Overstreet, Nancy Crampton Brophy, 71, who is accused of killing her husband, allegedly went into detail about the shooting with an inmate who she was living with, according to Oregon Live.

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

She allegedly committed the murder because of impending financial issues, and needed the $1.5 million in insurance, according to authorities. Nancy Crampton Brophy shot Daniel Brophy in the back and then while he was on the floor, according to police.

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

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

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

“Ms. Brophy held her arms apart, like a wingspan, and said, ‘I was this far away when the shooting happened,’” Overstreet said.

Nancy Crampton Brophy then corrected herself, Overstreet said, and stated that the shooting happened within a close range.

The inmate, Andrea Jacobs, told detectives that Nancy Crampton Brophy seemed to be embarassed after making the comment, and said their relationship became “very awkward.”

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

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

Fox News’ Audrey Conklin contributed to this report.

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