Portland, Oregon-based romance novelist Nancy Crampton-Brophy has written a series of books based on forbidden relationships where “wrong never felt so right.”
She’s also published nonfiction works to help other authors build their storylines, including one essay titled, “How to Murder Your Husband.” Now, authorities say she followed through with killing her own husband in real life.
What are the details?
Crampton-Brophy’s husband, Daniel Brophy, was a chef and lead instructor at the Oregon Culinary Institute. He was found bleeding to death by students entering the building on the morning of June 2, and passed away at the scene, according to KPTV-TV.
The following day, Crampton-Brophy posted to her Facebook feed: “For my Facebook friends and family, 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.”
“While I appreciate all of your loving responses, I am overwhelmed,” she added.
Neighbor Don McConnell told the Oregonian he recalled speaking with the author after her husband’s death.
“Are they (the police) keeping in touch with you?” McConnell recalled, and she responded, “No, I’m a suspect.”
Crampton-Brophy, 68, was arrested Wednesday on charges of murder and unlawful use of a weapon in connection with the death of her 63-year-old husband, according to the Portland Police Bureau. No motive has been disclosed by the authorities.
What about her writings?
The author has penned several self-published novels with titles, such as “The Wrong Husband,” and “The Wrong Cop,” in her series where she encourages readers to “escape into a book with rugged men, strong women and a good story.”
But what’s making the headlines is a detailed essay she wrote for the website, See Jane Publish, where she explains “How to Murder Your Husband.”
In the blog post, Crampton-Brophy gives the pros and cons of particular motives and methods for getting away with murder.
“I find it is easier to wish people dead than to actually kill them,” she noted. “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.”
When asked about her reaction to her daughter-in-law’s arrest, Daniel Brophy’s mother, Karen Brophy, told the Washington Post, “It’s a big shock. It’s a big shock. But we’re not making any statements.”