Romance Novelist, Married More Than 25 Years, Kills Husband at Culinary School
OREGON — September 7, 2018
A romance novelist in Oregon was so immersed in the plot of her drama-filled book whose collection included a book titled "The Wrong Husband" that she suddenly killed her husband.
Her 63-year-old husband of more than 25 years, Daniel Brophy, was a beloved chef at a Portland culinary school.
Nancy Crampton-Brophy — who writes about “finding love and the difficulty of making it stay” — was arrested Wednesday for allegedly gunning down her spouse, Daniel Brophy, at the Oregon Culinary Institute in Portland, police said.
They lived a quiet life together in the suburbs, raising chickens and tending a big garden. Then came a plot twist that could have been taken from one of her many drama-filled novels.
The man was found fatally wounded June 2 in the kitchen, when before that the woman worked hard on her book.
The kitchen killing rattled faculty and students at the Goose Hollow campus, which held a candlelight vigil attended by hundreds two days later.
Yet one of the couple's neighbors said Crampton Brophy seemed hardly fazed in the weeks after her husband's death. She casually admitted police considered her a suspect and planned to move on.
Now Crampton-Brophy, 68, faces charges of murder and unlawful use of a firearm in her chef husband’s death.
The “Hell on the Heart” novelist said on her personal website that she looks to her own life for inspiration for her books
“In writing fiction, you dig deep and unearth portions of your own life that you’ve long forgotten or had purposely buried deep,” her author page said. “Granted, sometimes it is smarter to change the ending.”
She also noted that she is married to a chef saying, “Like all marriages, we’ve had our ups and downs, more good times than bad.”
Crampton Brophy appeared in court in a blue jail uniform to hear the charge against her. She faces up to 20 years in prison.