Author of 'How to Murder Your Husband' charged with hubby's shooting death

An Oregon romance author has made the transition to true crime after cops busted her for the fatal shooting of her husband.

Nancy Crampton-Brophy, the writer of sensuous mysteries such as “Hell on the Heart” and “The Wrong Husband,” was arrested for murder on Sept. 5 — more than three months after the death of her husband of 27 years, Daniel Brophy.

“Dan was one of the very few people I’ve known that knew exactly what he wanted in life and loved doing it,” she said at a candlelight vigil two days after Daniel’s demise.

In a twist of irony so devious it would have turned Agatha Christie green with envy, the accused killer penned “How to Murder Your Husband” several years before allegedly bumping off her own hubby.

Nancy Crampton-Brophy charged in husband's murder
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Nancy Crampton-Brophy charged in husband's murder

On Wednesday, September 5, 2018, members of the Portland Police Bureau Detective Division's Homicide Detail and Detective Coordination Team arrested 68-year-old Nancy L. Crampton-Brophy at her Washington County home. Nancy L. Crampton-Brophy was arrested in connection to the murder of 63-year-old Daniel C. Brophy. 

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Oregon cops were mum on arrest details such as why Crampton-Brophy, 68, was taken into custody only last week for the June 2 shooting.

“Detectives believe Nancy L. Crampton-Brophy is the suspect in Daniel C. Brophy’s murder,” said Portland police, who refused to discuss motive or evidence.

Daniel Brophy, 63, who was found dead in the Oregon Culinary Institute in Portland, had worked there as a chef for over 10 years.

Relatives were stunned by the news, and the author’s sister is convinced Nancy is innocent.

“None of us believe it,” said Holly Crampton. “It’s craziness and it’s just not true,” she stated to ABC News.

A neighbor of the Brophys from Beaverton, Ore., recalled the writer saying she might move to escape her old life.

“She said that his side of the bedroom was haunting her,” Heidi Hutchinson told People.

Crampton-Brophy remains jailed for unlawful use of a weapon and murder.

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