According to The Oregonian, Nancy Crampton Brophy was booked last week in the Multnomah County Detention Center after police said she fatally shot her husband of 27 years, Daniel Brophy. While this type of story might normally be newsworthy only at the local level, this particular crime has a twist: the suspect wrote an essay entitled, "How to Murder Your Husband".
Nearly three months later the 68-year-old widow was arrested in connection with his death.
Nancy Crampton-Brophy was arrested three months after her husband Daniel Brophy was shot dead.
Students were just beginning to file into the building for class when they found him bleeding in the kitchen, and police had no description of any suspect.
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"But her true love was story-telling", it continues.
The steamy, sinful plots of Crampton-Brophy's books, along with her on-the-nose treatise about spousal homicide, add a freakish twist to the case. My husband and best friend, Chef Dan Brophy was killed yesterday morning.
In the same essay, Mrs Crampton-Brophy discussed several potential motivations for wanting to kill a spouse, including infidelity, abuse or greed. Her next court appearance is scheduled for September 17.
Someone probably should have asked her if her own marriage was okay.
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"Never really saw them together very often", one neighbor said.
"As a romantic suspense writer, I spend a lot of time thinking about murder and, consequently, about police procedure", Brophy wrote in her 2011 essay 'How to Murder Your Husband'.
The day after her husband's death, Crampton-Brophy posted an update to Facebook. She wrote she would not want to "worry about blood and brains splattered on the wall", or "remembering lies". Please save phone calls for a few days until I can function, ' she added.
"But the thing I know about murder is that every one of us have it in him/her when pushed far enough", the author wrote.
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