A Portland-based romance novelist who wrote an essay titled, “How to Murder Your Husband,” has been charged with, well, murdering her husband. A new report reveals Nancy Crampton Brophy was arrested on Sept. 5 for allegedly gunning down Daniel Brophy at the Oregon Culinary Institute in June. 

According to The Washington Post, Daniel, a 63-year-old chef, was fatally shot at his workplace on June 2, just as students were beginning to file in for class. KATU2 News reported at the time that he was found bleeding in the kitchen and that police had no description of the suspect.

The following day, Nancy took to Facebook to address his death writing, “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 added, “There is a candle-light vigil at Oregon Culinary Institute tomorrow, Monday, June 4 at 7 p.m. While I appreciate all of your loving responses, I am overwhelmed. Please save phone calls for a few days until I can function.”

In Nancy’s “How to Murder Your Husband” essay, she admitted that although she frequently thought about murder, she could never do it herself. She expressed she wouldn’t want to “worry about blood and brains splattered on my walls,” or “remembering lies.” 

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“I find it easier to wish people dead than to actually kill them,” she wrote. “. . . But the thing I know about murder is that every one of us have it in him/her when pushed far enough.” 

In a now-deleted, and quite frankly eerie, post on See Jane Publish, she said: “My husband and I are both on our second (and final — trust me!) marriage. We vowed, prior to saying ‘I do,’ that we would not end in divorce. We did not, I should note, rule out a tragic drive-by shooting or a suspicious accident.”

Nancy was arraigned on Thursday and has not filed a plea.

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