Romance novelist arrested in connection to chef husbands murder
- Romance novelist Nancy L. Crampton-Brophy has been arrested in connection to the murder of her husband, police say.
- Daniel Brophy was shot on June 2 at the Oregon Culinary Institute.
- Brophy had worked there since 2006.
- Crampton-Brophy is the suspect in her husband's murder, police said.
Romance novelist Nancy L. Crampton-Brophy has been arrested in connection to the murder of her 63-year-old husband, the Portland Police Bureau said in a statement.
Daniel Brophy, 63, was shot on June 2 at the Oregon Culinary Institute in Portland, police said. Brophy had worked at the Culinary Institute since 2006, where he specialized as a biologist, master gardener, and mushroom expert, according to his bio on the institute's website.
The day after his death, Crampton-Brophy took to Facebook to share the news. "I have sad news to relate. My husband and best friend, Chef Dan Brophy was killed yesterday morning," she wrote. "For those of you who are close to me and feel this deserved a phone call, you are right, but I'm struggling to make sense of everything right now."
In their investigation, police found reason to believe that Crampton-Brophy, 68, is a suspect in her husband's murder, according to the bureau's press release.
She was arrested on Wednesday on charges of murder and unlawful use of a weapon, police said.
Crampton-Brophy has written several romance and thriller novels, including "Girl Most Likely To," "Hell On The Heart," and "The Wrong Series."
On her website, Crampton-Brophy said their marriage had its "ups and downs," but "more good times than bad."
She also shared the moment she knew she would marry him.
"I was in the bath. It was a big tub. I expected him to join me and when he was delayed, I called out, 'Are you coming?'" she wrote. "His answer convinced me he was Mr. Right. 'Yes, but I'm making hors d'oeuvres.' Can you imagine spending the rest of your life without a man like that?"
Crampton-Brophy appeared in court on Thursday.
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