An author who penned an essay titled “How to Murder Your Husband” is being held on charges that she did, in fact, murder her husband.
According to the New York Post, self-published romance author Nancy Crampton Brophy, 68, has been charged in the June shooting death of her husband.
On Friday, Multnomah County, Oregon, District Attorney Rod Underhill announced a grand jury had returned an indictment on a count of domestic violence murder against Brophy. She’d been arrested on Sept. 5, according to The Oregonian.
The murder occurred in the early hours of June 2. Daniel Brophy, an instructor at the Oregon Culinary Institute in Portland, was shot when he was alone in the kitchen.
There were initially no suspects, and Brophy mourned her husband of 27 years openly on social media.
“For my facebook friends and family, I have sad news to relate. My husband and best friend, Chef Dan Brophy was killed yesterday morning,” she wrote in a June 4 post.
“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. There is a candle-light vigil at Oregon Culinary Institute tomorrow, Monday, June 4th at 7 pm. While I appreciate all of your loving responses, I am overwhelmed. Please save phone calls for a few days until I can function.”
While police haven’t given a motive for the killing, the author of books such as “The Wrong Husband” also penned a 700-word treatise on how to commit the act back in 2011.
“As a romantic suspense writer, I spend a lot of time thinking about murder and, consequently, about police procedure,” Brophy’s essay read.
“After all, if the murder is supposed to set me free, I certainly don’t want to spend any time in jail.”
Possible motives for wanting to kill your husband, according to Brophy’s essay, include “infidelity, an abusive relationship, greed.”
“Divorce is expensive, and do you really want to split your possessions?” she wrote.
Brophy offers four ways to dispose of an inconvenient husband: guns, hitmen, knives and poison.
Prosecutors apparently believe she chose the first one.
However, in the essay, she also concedes that killing might not work out — although not due to detection by authorities.
“What if killing didn’t produce the right results?” she wrote.
“Would they do it again? Could they do it again? What if they liked it?”
If she’s found guilty, at least we can take solace that she’ll never figure that last part out.
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