Three months after the tragic shooting death of celebrity chef, Daniel Brophy, the authorities have finally closed in on their perpetrator. And both the culinary and publishing worlds are reeling in shock from the news of the name of the suspect.
In a plot twist that not even her romance novel fans would fall for, a famous author was the subject of the intensive investigation.
Nancy Crampton-Brophy, 68, was charged with unlawful use of a weapon and murder in the June 2nd shooting death of her husband. At the time of his death, the romance novelist took to Facebook to announce her loss to her followers:
“For my Facebook friends and family, I have sad news to relate. My husband and best friend, Chef Dan Brophy was killed yesterday morning. 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.
“There is a candle-light vigil at Oregon Culinary Institute tomorrow, Monday, June 4th at 7 pm. While I appreciate all of your loving responses, I am overwhelmed. Please save phone calls for a few days until I can function.”
Understandably, her fans flooded her page with messages of condolence and sympathy, some urging authorities to seek and find the criminal who did such a horrendous thing. Little did they know, they were addressing that person at that very moment!
Chef Dan Brody, 63, was shot and killed at the Oregon Culinary Institute where he was lead chef instructor. Police say he was shot during the early morning hours of Saturday, June 2nd. Crampton-Brophy appeared in court on Friday where she faced charges in the crime.
According to People, “The investigation began on Saturday, June 2, 2018, at 8:30 a.m., when Central Precinct officers responded to the report of a shooting with one person injured at the Oregon Culinary Institute, located at 1701 Southwest Jefferson Street,” the police report states.
“After being called to the scene, officers and medical personnel attempted to revive Daniel but they were too late.”
According to the Oregonian, there is no word on what her motive may have been. "Police and prosecutors remained silent on a possible motive. In a rare move, a judge approved a request by prosecutors to seal a court document that typically lays out the case against a defendant."
“The 68-year-old author is known for her sultry novels ‘The Wrong Husband’, ‘Hell on the Heart ‘and ‘The Girl Most Likely To,’ according to People. She and her husband had been married for 27 years at the time of his death.
Family and friends, understandably, are shocked and bewildered at this unexpected turn of events.
“Everyone that knows her, especially those closer to her than myself are sick at heart,” Anna Brentwood, a friend of the couple, said in a statement obtained by The Oregonian. “We are hoping the police are wrong and just going after the easiest target.”
Crampton-Brophy's next court date is September 17th.