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Romance Writer Accused Of Murdering Her Husband Wrote An Essay Titled 'How To Murder Your Husband'

"The thing I know about murder is that every one of us have it in him (or) her when pushed far enough," Nancy Crampton-Brophy wrote in 2011. 

By Jon Silman
Nancy Crampton Brophy

A romance novelist accused of murdering her husband this summer at the culinary school where he worked wrote an essay about how to kill a spouse.

Nancy Crampton-Brophy, 68, was arrested on Sept. 5 on charges that she gunned down her husband, Daniel Brophy, 63, in a kitchen area at the Oregon Culinary Institute on June 2. They were married for 27 years.

Police have not yet divulged a motive for the crime, but Crampton-Brophy wrote an essay on Nov. 4, 2011 called "How to Murder Your Husband," according to The Oregonian. It was discovered on a website called See Jane Publish.

"As a romantic suspense writer, I spend a lot of time thinking about murder and, consequently, about police procedure," she wrote in the essay. "After all, if the murder is supposed to set me free, I certainly don't want to spend any time in jail."

In her essay, Crampton-Brophy also provided several potential motives for why someone would want to kill their spouse, according to The Oregonian, including greed, being in an an abusive relationship or infidelity.

"Divorce is expensive, and do you really want to split your possessions?" she wrote in a section about financial considerations for murder.

She also lists possible ways to commit murder - things like a hiring a hitman, using a gun or a knife or even poison.

"I find it is easier to wish people dead than to actually kill them. I don't want to worry about blood and brains splattered on my walls. And really, I'm not good at remembering lies," she wrote. "But the thing I know about murder is that every one of us have it in him (or) her when pushed far enough."

The post is no longer available, The Oregonian reported, but there are archived versions online.

She also wrote about what would might happen after a murder was committed.

"What if killing didn't produce the right results?" she wrote. "Would they do it again? Could they do it again? What if they liked it?"

Crampton-Brophy has written several romance novels, according to her website.

"My stories are about pretty men and strong women, about families that don’t always work and about the joy of finding love and the difficulty of making it stay."

Crampton-Brophy has been charged with murder and unlawful use of a weapon, according to the Porland Police Bureau.

[Photo: Portland Police Bureau]