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Oregon woman allegedly buys untraceable gun, shoots hubby

April 19, 2019, Portland, OR — Investigators believe Nancy Crampton-Brophy, the author accused of murdering her husband, a beloved local chef, planned the murder for years and purchased an untraceable gun kit before his death.

Detectives believe Crampton-Brophy, 68, may have planned the shooting before she wrote and published a 2011 article entitled, "How to Murder Your Husband."

Those revelations and more came in 12 search warrant affidavits a Multnomah County judge unsealed Friday.

Investigators say Crampton-Brophy lied to them multiple times regarding where she was the morning her husband's body was found and about life insurance.

"I spend a lot of time thinking about murder," Crampton-Brophy wrote in the "How to Murder Your Husband" essay. "Divorce is expensive, and do you really want to split your possessions?"

The article also tells readers, "If the murder is supposed to set me free, I certainly don't want to spend any time in jail."

On June 2, 2018, Portland police officers said the body of Crampton-Brophy's husband, Chef Daniel Brophy, 63, was found inside the Oregon Culinary Institute, where he'd worked since 2006.

In the newly-unsealed court documents, detectives say they discovered Brophy and Crampton-Brophy shared a joint iTunes account and that someone on it had recently bookmarked an article entitled, “10 Ways to Cover Up a Murder.”

In the dozen search warrant affidavits KATU obtained, investigators say Crampton-Brophy told them she and her husband owned one gun, a 9-millimeter pistol, which she bought at a gun show in February 2018.

They say the two bullets that hit Brophy did not match that gun.

But investigators say they later discovered that in December 2017 Crampton-Brophy bought a kit online from to make a similar, untraceable version of the pistol. They also say she bought gun parts like a slide and barrel online and that the gun and accessories match the bullets that hit Brophy.

Police also say Crampton-Brophy lied about her location the morning her husband's body was found. They say she told them she was at her Beaverton home when surveillance video showed her driving her mini-van on Jefferson outside the culinary institute just before Brophy's body was found.

When Crampton-Brophy was arrested last September, police say she said, "You're arresting me? ... You must think I murdered my husband."

Investigators also say Crampton-Brophy told them she'd taken out a $40,000 life insurance policy on Brophy. They say they later discovered she was the benificiary on several policies valued at more than $350,000.

Crampton-Brophy has pleaded not guilty to murder in the case.

Source: KATU 2

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