Steamy romance writer allegedly shot and murdered her husband of 25 years, possibly inspired by her own works

Nancy Crampton-Brophy is accused of murdering her husband in a plot that could have been inspired from one of her drama-filled books, police said


                            Steamy romance writer allegedly shot and murdered her husband of 25 years, possibly inspired by her own works

Law enforcement authorities reported that 63-year-old Daniel Brophy, a chef and teacher, was shot to death at the Oregon Culinary Institute in Portland early June this year.

The circumstances surrounding Brophy's death remained a mystery for months -- neither the killer was identified nor the motive established. According to The Oregonian, Brophy's neighbors even went to his 68-year-old widow, romance novelist Nancy Crampton-Brophy, to discuss what led to his untimely demise.

Don McConnell, a neighbor of Crampton-Brophy, reportedly told her at the time: “It sounded to me more like a disgruntled student who had a thing with your husband. I said, ‘Are they [the police] keeping in touch with you?’ ”

But McConnell was shocked to hear her response, which was rather candid: “She said ‘No, I’m a suspect’ ”

Portland, Oregon, romance novelist Nancy Crampton-Brophy, 68, faces murder charges after police said she shot and killed her husband, a chef and teacher at the Oregon Culinary Institute. (Portland Police Department)
Portland, Oregon, romance novelist Nancy Crampton-Brophy, 68, faces murder charges after police said she shot and killed her husband, a chef and teacher at the Oregon Culinary Institute. (Portland Police Department)

As the mystery unraveled, Crampton-Brophy's status soon rose from suspect to criminal. On Wednesday, authorities arrested the widow on charges of murder and unlawful weapon use at her home in Washington County, Oregon, just west of Portland. She was arraigned the following day and is now being held at the Multnomah County Jail.

According to Crampton-Brophy's author website, she has three romance titles under her name, including 'The Wrong Husband,' 'The Wrong Lover' and 'The Wrong Cop.' The poster for 'The Wrong Husband' on her website asks: “How far can you run? How long can you hide?”, while the one for 'The Wrong Cop' asks: “What if the police were eyeing you with suspicion? Who would be in your corner?”

According to the Portland Tribune, attendees at a vigil commemorating Daniel Brophy revealed that at around 8:30 am on June 2, he was found dead at the culinary institute. He had allegedly been working late hours.

During the vigil, Crampton-Brophy spoke to those gathered in remembrance of her beloved husband. She said, “Dan was one of the very few people I’ve known that knew exactly what he wanted in life and loved doing it,” KATU reports.



 

After the shooting, she took to Facebook and urged supporters and friends for privacy.

“For my facebook friends and family, I have sad news to relate,” Crampton-Brophy wrote June 3. “My husband and best friend, Chef Dan Brophy was killed yesterday morning.”

She also apologized to her loved ones for not making phone calls to let them know of her husband’s passing. “I’m struggling to make sense of everything right now,” Crampton-Brophy wrote. “While I appreciate all of your loving responses, I am overwhelmed. Please save phone calls for a few days until I can function.”

Crampton-Brophy wrote on her website that her relationship with her husband was “Like all marriages, we’ve had our ups and downs, more good times than bad."

Strangely, she described writers as "liars."

“I don’t remember who said that but it’s not true. In writing fiction, you dig deep and unearth portions of your own life that you’ve long forgotten or had purposely buried deep," she wrote.