WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Chef instructor Dan Brophy was fatally shot at Oregon Culinary Institute.
- His wife of 26 years and a murder mystery writer was arrested and charged with murder.
- Author Nancy Brophy published several books including “How to Murder Your Husband” and “The Wrong Husband”.
Nearly seven years ago after a romance novelist wrote an essay entitled, “How to Murder Your Husband,” 68-year-old Nancy Crampton-Brophy has been arrested and charged on September 5 with killing her husband, Dan Brophy, 63. She was charged with murder and the unlawful use of a weapon by the police officers of Portland, Oregon.
The victim was a chef instructor at the Oregon Culinary Institute. He was found by his students, shot to death, on June 2 at the kitchen of the institute.
Crampton-Brophy expressed her disbelief over the incident and publicly posted a message on Facebook, one day after her husband’s death.
She said in part, “My husband and best friend, Chef 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.”
According to her website, Crampton-Brophy has written and published several books about romance, storytelling and mystery. Among her self-published books are “The Wrong Series”, “The Wrong Husband” and “The Girl Most Likely To”.
“Murder, mayhem and gore seem to come naturally to me, which means my husband has learned to sleep with one eye open,” said the author to Romancing the Genres blog in 2012.
She was explaining what enticed her to write romantic suspense stories. The novelist shared that as a romantic suspense writer, she spent a lot of time thinking about murder, and consequently, about police procedures.
Her now-famous essay “How to Murder Your Husband” has long since been made private. It was written for the See Jane Publish blog and has reportedly contained sections that mentioned about motives and possible weapons.
The couple was married for 26 years, according to court documents.