PORTLAND, OR — The romance writer who wrote The Wrong Husband has been accused of murdering her own spouse.Nancy Crampton-Brophy, 68, was arrested Wednesday in connection with the murder of her husband, chef Daniel Brophy, 63, Portland police said in a statement on Wednesday. Brophy was shot dead at the Oregon Culinary Institute on the morning of June 2.
Nancy had been married to Daniel, who taught at the school, for 27 years.
Crampton-Brophy was booked on charges of murder and unlawful use of a weapon, police said.
Daniel Brophy’s mother, Karen Brophy, told ABC News that the family is “in shock” following the arrest.
Friends and family say that Crampton-Brophy has appeared publicly distraught since her husband’s death. She wrote a tribute to Daniel on Facebook the day after the murder, calling him “my husband and best friend,” and spoke at his memorial service.
Although a neighbor, Don McConnell, said, “She never showed any signs of being upset or sad. I would say she had an air of relief, like it was almost a godsend.”
Crampton-Brophy is set to be arraigned later on Thursday.
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Main photo: Nancy L. Crampton-Brophy [Portland Police Bureau]