Novelist, 68, arrested for ‘fatally shooting husband’ blogged about ‘How to Murder Your Husband’

An Oregon novelist who was arrested last week for the murder of her husband published an essay online titled ‘How to Murder Your Husband,’ it has been reported.

Nancy Crampton Brophy, 68, was arrested last week for the June 2 murder of Daniel Brophy.

The 63-year-old Brophy was found shot to death inside the Oregon Culinary Institute in Portland.

His wife, who authored romance and mystery novels, also wrote a blog on WordPress about killing a spouse that was posted on the website See Jane Publish.

Nancy Crampton Brophy, 68, was arrested last week for the June 2 murder of her husband, Daniel Brophy. She is seen during her appearance at Multnomah County Circuit Court on Thursday

Nancy Crampton Brophy, 68, was arrested last week for the June 2 murder of her husband, Daniel Brophy. She is seen during her appearance at Multnomah County Circuit Court on Thursday

Nancy Crampton Brophy, 68, was arrested last week for the June 2 murder of her husband, Daniel Brophy. She is seen during her appearance at Multnomah County Circuit Court on Thursday

Seven years ago, she published an essay online titled ‘How to Murder Your Husband’

Seven years ago, she published an essay online titled ‘How to Murder Your Husband’

Seven years ago, she published an essay online titled ‘How to Murder Your Husband’

The essay lists a number of motives that would drive a wife to kill her husband, including financial incentives, infidelity, and abusive behavior. A screenshot of the essay is seen above

The essay lists a number of motives that would drive a wife to kill her husband, including financial incentives, infidelity, and abusive behavior. A screenshot of the essay is seen above

The essay lists a number of motives that would drive a wife to kill her husband, including financial incentives, infidelity, and abusive behavior. A screenshot of the essay is seen above

The existence of the essay, which was first written seven years ago, was first reported by The Oregonian newspaper.

The privacy settings of the WordPress blog have been changed so that only the owner can grant permission for access.

But a number of news organization have taken screen shots of the blog posting.

‘As a romantic suspense writer, I spend a lot of time thinking about murder and, consequently, about police procedure,’ Crampton Brophy wrote in the November 4, 2011 blog post.

‘After all, if the murder is supposed to set me free, I certainly don’t want to spend any time in jail.’

The essay lists a number of motives that would drive a wife to kill her husband, including financial incentives, infidelity, and abusive behavior.

‘Divorce is expensive, and do you really want to split your possessions?’ she wrote.

‘Or if you married for money, aren’t you entitled to all of it?

‘The drawback [sic] is the police aren’t stupid. They are looking at your first.

‘So you have to be organized, ruthless, and very clever.

‘Husbands have disappeared from cruise ships before. Why not yours?’

Crampton-Brophy was arrested last Wednesday at her Beaverton home accused of killing her husband at the Oregon Culinary Institute.

Crampton-Brophy – who has published novels entitled ‘The Wrong Husband’ and ‘The Wrong Lover’ – was booked into Multnomah County Detention Center accused of murder and unlawful use of a firearm, according to Oregon Live

Her husband, Daniel Brophy, 63, (left), was lead instructor at the Oregon Culinary Institute where he was found dead

Her husband, Daniel Brophy, 63, (left), was lead instructor at the Oregon Culinary Institute where he was found dead

Crampton-Brophy (above) was arrested last Wednesday at the couple's Beaverton home

Crampton-Brophy (above) was arrested last Wednesday at the couple's Beaverton home

Her husband, Daniel Brophy, 63, (left), was lead instructor at the Oregon Culinary Institute where he was found dead. Crampton-Brophy (right) was arrested last Wednesday at the couple’s Beaverton home

The day after his murder she posted on Facebook announcing his death saying 'please save phone calls for a few days' and 'I'm struggling to make sense of everything right now'

The day after his murder she posted on Facebook announcing his death saying 'please save phone calls for a few days' and 'I'm struggling to make sense of everything right now'

The day after his murder she posted on Facebook announcing his death saying ‘please save phone calls for a few days’ and ‘I’m struggling to make sense of everything right now’

On June 2, 2018 Brophy was found shot in the kitchen area of the school by his horrified students. His wife had penned the book 'The Wrong Husband'

On June 2, 2018 Brophy was found shot in the kitchen area of the school by his horrified students. His wife had penned the book 'The Wrong Husband'

On June 2, 2018 Brophy was found shot in the kitchen area of the school by his horrified students. His wife had penned the book ‘The Wrong Husband’

On June 2, 2018 Brophy was found shot in the kitchen area of the school by his horrified students.

He worked at the school since 2006 and was a marine biology and mushroom expert, according to the institute’s website. 

A day after his death she took to Facebook to share an eerie post announcing his death and urging friends to refrain from calling her.

‘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,’ she wrote.

Crampton-Brophy – who has published novels entitled ‘The Wrong Hero’ and ‘Hell On The Heart’ – was booked into Multnomah County Detention Center accused of murder and unlawful use of a firearm

He was found dead at the Oregon Culinary Institute where he was lead instructor by students, pictured left with a friend

He was found dead at the Oregon Culinary Institute where he was lead instructor by students, pictured left with a friend

He was found dead at the Oregon Culinary Institute where he was lead instructor by students, pictured left with a friend

Crampton-Brophy pictured right selling her novels which she describes as 'romance suspense' with titles like 'The Wrong Husband' and 'The Wrong Lover'. She was booked into jail on charges of murder and unlawful use of a weapon

Crampton-Brophy pictured right selling her novels which she describes as 'romance suspense' with titles like 'The Wrong Husband' and 'The Wrong Lover'. She was booked into jail on charges of murder and unlawful use of a weapon

Crampton-Brophy pictured right selling her novels which she describes as ‘romance suspense’ with titles like ‘The Wrong Husband’ and ‘The Wrong Lover’. She was booked into jail on charges of murder and unlawful use of a weapon

Brophy was fatally shot here at the Oregon Culinary Institute where he taught 

Brophy was fatally shot here at the Oregon Culinary Institute where he taught 

Brophy was fatally shot here at the Oregon Culinary Institute where he taught 

‘While I appreciate all of your loving responses, I am overwhelmed. Please save phone calls for a few days until I can function,’ she added. 

On her website she writes that she’s married to a chef ‘whose mantra is: life is a science project’.

‘Like all marriages, we’ve had our ups and downs, more good times than bad,’ she adds. 

She says her romance suspense stories are about ‘pretty men and strong women, about families that don’t always work and about the joy of finding love and the difficulty of making it stay’.   

She penned ‘The Wrong Series’ with books entitled ‘The Wrong Cop’, ‘The Wrong Husband’, ‘The Wrong Seal’, ‘The Wrong Lover’, ‘The Wrong Hero’. 

She is scheduled for her first court appearance in Multnomah County Thursday afternoon.

It is not immediately clear if Crampton-Brophy has an attorney.

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