Romance writer accused of killing spouse penned how-to essay

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In her 2011 essay, Crampton Brophy discussed several potential motivations for wanting to kill a spouse, including infidelity, abuse or greed.

Nancy Crampton Brophy's books and writings were all about abusive husbands and women who wanted to murder them. "Never a good idea".

She also advised against poison as it traceable.

"Divorce is expensive, and do you really want to split your possessions?" she wrote in a section about financial motives.

But in an unexpected twist, 68-year-old Ms Crampton-Brophy was arrested by OR police in connection with the murder of her husband.

"As a romantic suspense writer, I spend a lot of time thinking about murder and, consequently, about police procedure".

"Our family is just in shock", Daniel Brophy's mother, Karen Brophy, told ABC News. "But we're not making any statements".

An Oregon romance author has made the transition to true crime after cops arrested her over the fatal shooting of her husband. Police had no description of the suspect.

"I have sad news to relate", Nancy wrote in a Facebook post, in part. My husband and best friend, Chef Dan Brophy was killed yesterday morning.

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

Hundreds of people came to celebrate and to mourn him at a candlelight vigil held outside the Oregon Culinary Institute on June 4.

The evidence that led to Crampton-Brophy's arrest has not been revealed.

But as the weeks went on, neighbours told the Oregonian, something seemed off about Crampton Brophy.

The 68-year-old remains in custody in Multnomah County Detention Center where she awaits details of her trial. In a press conference that day, police said that they were investigating the death as a homicide and that they had no immediate suspects. McConnell recalled asking her.

Crampton-Brophy posted on Facebook following the death that she was "struggling to make sense of everything right now". A probable cause affidavit was sealed due to the ongoing investigation. Maybe don't write a blog post about getting away with murder.

The essay concludes with Crampton-Brophy pointing out that "it is easier to wish people dead than to actually kill them" before noting "every one of us has it in him/her when pushed too far".

According to court documents, the couple were married for 26 years. Though Crampton, who describes herself as a "romantic suspense writer", has written sultry books like Hell on the Heart and Girl Most Likely To, some of her works feature much darker plotlines.

"His answer convinced me he was Mr".

Other posts she wrote for the blog are similarly eerie through the lens of hindsight. "Please save phone calls for few days until i can function". Her novels were mostly about rugged men and sexy women falling in love and having incredible adventures.

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