Author of 'How to Murder Your Husband' Accused of Murdering Her Husband

Novelist Nancy Crampton-Brophy was just arrested for shooting her husband, Daniel Brophy, to death in June of this year. While this type of story might normally be newsworthy only at the local level, this particular crime has a twist: the suspect wrote an essay entitled, “How to Murder Your Husband.”

Brophy wrote the essay in question about seven years ago. In it, the 68-year-old writes, “I spend a lot of time thinking about murder and, consequently, about police procedure. If the murder is supposed to set me free, I certainly don’t want to spend any time in jail.” But clearly, that might not be the case for this author, who is accused of killing her husband of 27 years in Portland, Oregon.

The crime, which might as well have been the plot of one of her books, is indeed stranger than fiction:

And perhaps she should have done a little more research on the topic:

Crampton-Brophy’s husband was a teacher at the Oregon Culinary Institute in Portland. He was found gravely wounded in the kitchen of the school on June 2. According to the New York Post, “The ‘Hell on the Heart’ novelist said on her personal website that she looks to her own life for inspiration for her books.” In this case, the opposite is clearly true.