'How to Murder Your Husband' author charged with murdering husband

Daniel shot at culinary clinic where he worked as an instructor

News Desk September 16, 2018
PHOTO COURTESY: Portland Police Bureau

A 68-year-old, self-published, author has been charged with the murder of her husband, The Guardian reported.

Nancy Crampton Brophy, apart from being the author of a series of novels about love affairs gone wrong wrote a blogspot titled "How to Murder Your Husband" back in 2011.

The piece's introduction reads, “As a romantic suspense writer, I spend a lot of time thinking about murder and, consequently, about police procedure. After all, if the murder is supposed to set me free, I certainly don’t want to spend any time in jail. And let me say clearly for the record, I don’t like jumpsuits and orange isn’t my color.”

She was taken into custody last week on charges of murdering her husband, Daniel Brophy, at the Oregon Culinary Institute (OCI) in June.

Daniel was shot while alone in a kitchen early on June 2 at the OCI - where he worked as a instructor.

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On June 2 she posted on Facebook saying, “I have sad news to relate. My husband and best friend, Chef Dan Brophy was killed yesterday morning. 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.”

In her 2011 blogpost, she had written: “I find it is easier to wish people dead than to actually kill them. I don’t want to worry about blood and brains splattered on my walls. And really, I’m not good at remembering lies. But the thing I know about murder is that every one of us have it in him/her when pushed far enough.”

A local district attorney announced on Friday that the accused is said to stand trial before a grand jury.

Crampton's lawyer, who had previously refused to discuss the case, did not return an email seeking comment.


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