Author of "How To Kill Your Husband" Charged With Husband's Murder

Last week, police arrested 68-year-old Nancy Crampton-Brophy, who is charged with the murder of her 63-year-old husband, chef Daniel Brophy.

At 8:30 a.m. on June 2, police arrived at the Oregon Culinary Institute, when students arriving for class found Nancy's husband bleeding from a gunshot wound. The first-responders attempted to revive him but were unable.


In 2011, for a blog called See Jane Publish, Crampton-Brophy wrote an essay titled "How to Murder Your Husband." The post said:

"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."

The essay stated different reasons for murdering your husband, ranging from avoiding finances of a divorce to infidelity by a "lying, cheating bastard," and even the possibility that the wife is a professional hitman.

It also weighed the pros and cons of different methods: "Guns — loud, messy, require some skill. ... Knives — really personal and close up. Blood everywhere. Eww."

She warned against committing a crime of passion: "Most of the time there is a trail that leads directly to you. Each type of murder leaves clues. A crime of passion does not look like a stranger was involved."

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