Author of “How to Murder Your Husband” Charged with… Want to Guess?

In one of those ‘this is so crazy, it has to be true, but if it’s true, why does it seem so crazy, and maybe no one knows the true definition of the word ‘schadenfreude’ and did we use ‘schadenfreude’ correctly in this sentence’ stories, author Nancy Crampton-Brophy made her living creating love stories.

Can it really be that much of a surprise if her life too much like one of her books? Unfortunately, in what has to be one of the worst essay titles ever, Nancy wrote a book called “How to Murder Your Husband.” And now, she is being charged by police in Oregon with… you guessed it, killing her husband.

When Chef Daniel Brophy was found shot at the kitchen of the school where he taught in June 2018, there were some questions that arose at the crime scene. Why were Daniel’s wallet and credit cards untouched? Why was there no sign of forced entry? Daniel was shot twice, once in the back and once in the chest, both at close range.

And the more research the police did, the more they found that Nancy and Daniel’s life wasn’t at all like the books Nancy wrote. Well, they were in one way- they were a money losing proposition. The couple were facing a ton of debt and Nancy had taken out $1.5 million in life insurance policies on Daniel’s life. Police also found that she had written an essay called “How to Murder Your Husband,” had bookmarked an article titled “10 Ways to Cover Up a Murder,” and had googled ‘Ghost guns’- guns that were not traceable.

The defense says all of these facts only show that Nancy was a dedicated researcher, desperate to make sure her novels were believable. Who knows what happens next? Nancy is expected to take the stand in her own defense during the trial.


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