In an eerie twist, an Oregon woman who wrote a novel called “The Wrong Husband” is now accused of killing her own husband of 27 years, who was found dead from a gunshot wound June 2.
Romance novelist Nancy Crampton-Brophy, 68, was arrested Wednesday on charges of “murder and unlawful use of a weapon,” according to a news release by the Portland Police Bureau.
The woman is suspected of killing her husband, 63-year-old Daniel C. Brophy, at his place of employment, where he worked as a culinary arts teacher. A motive in the alleged slaying hasn’t yet been revealed.
“The investigation began on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 8:30 a.m., when Central Precinct officers responded to the report of a shooting with one person injured at the Oregon Culinary Institute, located at 1701 Southwest Jefferson Street,” the release states.
First responders attempted to revive the victim upon arrival, but their efforts were not successful. Following her husband’s death, Crampton-Murphy took to Facebook to mourn.
“For my Facebook friends and family, I have sad news to relate. My husband and best friend, Chef Dan Brody 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…”
On her website, the suspected killer refers to her husband as “Mr. Right,” and says, “Like all marriages, we’ve had our ups and downs, more good times than bad.”
“Everyone that knows her, especially those closer to her than myself are sick at heart,” Anna Brentwood, a friend of the Brophy’s, said in a statement obtained by The Oregonian. “We are hoping the police are wrong and just going after the easiest target.”
Crampton-Brophy was arraigned in Multnomah County Court on Thursday. She is being held without bail at the Multnomah County Jail, according to online records. Her next court date is scheduled for September 17.
This is a developing story, CrimeOnline will provide updates as information becomes available.
[Feature Photo: Nancy Crampton-Brophy, Portland Police Bureau]