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Novelist who wrote ‘how to kill husband’ essay charged with murdering her husband

Nancy Crampton-Brophy Photo: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

A romance novelist who wrote an essay titled 'How To Murder Your Husband' has been charged with murdering her husband.

Nancy Crampton-Brophy is accused of shooting her husband, 63-year-old chef Daniel Brophy, at a catering school in the north-western US state of Oregon.

Mrs Crampton-Brophy, a self-published author of novels entitled 'The Wrong Husband' and 'The Wrong Lover', was arrested last week for the June 2 murder.

Police did not reveal a motive or how they determined her to be a suspect.

But the 68-year-old was charged with murder and unlawful use of a firearm, according to a police statement.

Chef Daniel Brophy was a respected teacher at the Oregon Culinary Institute Credit: Facebook

Mr Brophy was a respected teacher at the Oregon Culinary Institute.

He was shot and killed in the kitchen area of the Institute.

Mrs Crampton-Brophy is currently being held at the Multnomah County Jail, and is scheduled to appear in court on 17 September.

Nancy Crampton Brophy wrote an essay about killing a spouse. Credit: See Jane Publish

In her 2011 essay about killing a spouse uncovered by The Oregonian, she wrote: "As a romantic suspense writer, I spend a lot of time thinking about murder and, consequently, about police procedure.

"After all, if the murder is supposed to set me free, I certainly don’t want to spend any time in jail."

The site has since been set to private.

After her husband’s death Mrs Crampton-Brophy spoke at a candlelit vigil expressing her shock and sadness

Her sister Holly Crampton insisted she is innocent and said: “None of us believe it. It’s craziness.”