After eight hours of deliberations, a jury in an Oregon state court on Wednesday found novelist Nancy Crampton Brophy (71) guilty of the murder of her husband. The writer, who specializes in romance novels with meaningful titles such as “Hell in the Heart” or “The Wrong Husband”, had denied all allegations. According to prosecutors, she had had financial problems. That’s why she killed her husband in June 2018 in the cooking school where he worked as a cook with two shots in the heart to collect his life insurance.
According to her own statement, pictures from a surveillance camera showing her near the scene of the crime only show her looking for inspiration for her books. She bought a missing pistol – according to the police, the murder weapon – as a prop for writing a book.
Lawyers have announced an appeal
The author was arrested in September 2018 and has been in custody ever since. The length of the sentence that the writer has to serve is not yet known. According to the local newspaper “The Oregonian”, the lawyers for the 71-year-olds have announced that they want to appeal.
An essay by Brophy entitled “How to Kill Your Husband” is about the way a woman can get rid of her spouse without being bothered by the law. The text states that firearms are “noisy, messy and require some skill”. But, the essay concludes, “the most important thing to know about murder is that any of us is capable of it if we push ourselves enough.” (SDA/noo)