• Camron Davis

Author of 'Guide to Killing Your Husband' accused of murdering husband

On June 3, 2018, the Oregonian published an article claiming that 63-year-old Daniel Brophy was found dead from a gunshot wound at the Oregon Culinary Institute. He was found in one of the school's kitchen areas early that Saturday morning; police have had no suspect in the case until recently.

On September 6, 2018, 68-year-old Nancy Brophy was arrested and charged with murder and unlawful use of a weapon. According to the Oregonian, “Years before Nancy Crampton Brophy was accused of gunning down her chef husband in a Portland kitchen, the novelist penned a handy treatise on offing one’s


In the novel, Brophy states that “As a romantic suspense writer, I spend a lot of time thinking about murder and, consequently, about police procedure.”

Brophy said in a Facebook post that she was “struggling to make sense of everything,” which is further evidence to support police suspicion.

The Cut stated in their article on the story that she “published the online essay ‘How to Murder Your Husband’, in which she meditated on motives and the various weapons one could use to off a spouse: a gun, poison, knife, or even a hit man.”

Police have yet to release a possible motive on the killing but said in a statement that “on information learned during the investigation, detectives believe Nancy L. Crampton Brophy is the suspect in Daniel C. Brophy’s murder.” No other suspects have been arrested.

“Crampton Brophy’s next court date is set for September 17,” according to the Oregonian.