The Oregon novelist that was arrested for the murder of her husband last week, published an essay titled ‘How to Murder Your Husband’ online.
He was found shot inside the Oregon Culinary Institute in Portland.
Nancy Crampton Brophy, who authored mystery and romance novels, also wrote a blog about killing a spouse that was published on the See Jane Publish website.
The essay was first written seven years ago, but the privacy settings of the WordPress blog have been changed so only the owner can grant permission for access. However, a number of news organizations have taken screenshots of the blog posting.
“As a romantic suspense writer, I spend a lot of time thinking about murder and, consequently, about police procedure. After all, if the murder is supposed to set me free, I certainly don’t want to spend any time in jail.” – wrote Crampton Brophy on her November 4, 2011 blog post.
A number of motives that would make a wife to murder her husband have been listed in the essay, like financial incentives, infidelity, and abusive behavior.
“Divorce is expensive, and do you really want to split your possessions?
Or if you married for money, aren’t you entitled to all of it?
The drawback [sic] is the police aren’t stupid. They are looking at your first.
So you have to be organized, ruthless, and very clever.
Husbands have disappeared from cruise ships before. Why not yours?”
She was arrested at her Beaverton home last week, accused of the murder of her husband at the Oregon Culinary Institute.
Crampton-Brophy has previously published novels entitled ‘The Wrong Lover’, ‘The Wrong Husband’.
Brophy was found shot in the kitchen area of the school he worked at as a marine biology and mushroom expert by his horrified students.
She took it to Facebook to share a post announcing his death and she urged friends to refrain from calling her.
The post read:
“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. While I appreciate all of your loving responses, I am overwhelmed. Please save phone calls for a few days until I can function,”
Her first court appearance is scheduled to take place in Multnomah County Thursday afternoon, and it is unclear if she has an attorney.