Author Who Wrote 'How To Murder Your Husband' Arrested For Murdering Husband

September 12, 2018

Murder, she wrote, and allegedly did.

Nancy Crampton-Brophy, who resides in Oregon and is known as a romance, suspense novelist, is the main suspect in the murder of her husband Daniel Brophy, who was a chef at the Oregon Culinary Institute in Portland, according to the Portland Police Bureau.

Crampton-Brophy and Brophy were married for 27 years.

The 68-year-old writer is currently being held at Multnomah County Jail on charges of murder and unlawful use of a weapon, according to reports.

"As a romantic suspense writer, I spend a lot of time thinking about murder and, consequently, about police procedure," Brophy wrote in a 2011 essay titled "How to Murder Your Husband."

"After all, if the murder is supposed to set me free, I certainly don't want to spend any time in jail," she added.

On June 2, police responded to a 9-1-1 call reporting that there was a shooting at the Oregon Culinary Institue, Daniel Brophy's place of employment. When students arrived they found their beloved instructor covered in blood. He later died. At that time, the police could not produce a suspect.

In her now private blog post titled "How To Murder Your Husband," Crampton-Brophy described possible motives and murder weapons she would choose from if her character decided to kill a husband in a romance novel. She even offered advice to her readers, such as not using a hitman or poison to commit this act of violence.

The day after her husband was fatally shot, the author wrote a Facebook post:

"For my facebook friends and family, I have sad news to relate. My husband and best friend, Chef Dan Brophy was killed yesterday morning," she wrote June 3.

"For those of you who are close to me and feel this deserved a phone call, you are right, but I’m struggling to make sense of everything right now."

Crampton-Brophy appeared in court on murder charges, but police and prosecutors are not sharing what the possible motive might have been.

"What if killing didn't produce the right results?" Crampton Brophy wrote in the blog. "Would they do it again? Could they do it again? What if they liked it?"

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