The 68-year-old writer was being held at Multnomah County Jail on charges of murder and unlawful use of a weapon.
Police responded to a shooting at the Oregon Culinary Institute, Brophy’s place of employment, June 2. Students were just beginning to arrive when they found the 63-year-old chef bleeding in the kitchen, according to KATU2 news. Brophy died at the scene.
His wife, Crampton-Brophy, is a self-published author of several books, including “The Wrong Husband” and “The Girl Most Likely To.” She also penned a blog post entitled “How To Murder Your Husband” in November 2011. The blog has since been made private.
Family and friends are shocked at the latest development in the case, according to The Washington Post.
The day after her husband was fatally shot Crampton-Brophy wrote an emotional Facebook post.
“For my facebook friends and family, I have sad news to relate. My husband and best friend, Chef Dan Brophy was killed yesterday morning,” she wrote June 3. “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.”
But one of the couple’s neighbors confided to The Oregonian that Crampton-Brophy seemed unconcerned when she told him the police were investigating her as a suspect in the weeks following her husband’s death.
Crampton-Brophy was arraigned in Multnomah County Court on September 6.
In “How to Murder Your Husband,” Crampton-Brophy described motives and possible murder weapons she would choose from if her character were to kill a husband in a romance novel, according to The Washington Post. She even offered advice to readers, such as not using a hitman or poison to commit the murder.
Her other works also dealt with murder. In “The Wrong Husband,” a woman tries to leave an abusive spouse by faking her death and in “The Wrong Cop” she wrote about a woman who “spent every day of her marriage fantasizing about killing” her husband.
In other crime news, a New York state senator has proposed legislation that would make it a hate crime to call the police on people of color “without evidence of malice,” the Prospect Heights Patch reported (video below).
New York State Senator Jesse Hamilton’s new legislation would make it a hate crime to call the police on black people if they’re found not to be doing anything wrong when police arrive.
Hamilton, who represents Brownsville, Crown Heights, and Flatbush, proposed the new law just a week ago.
“Living while black is not a crime. But making a false report, especially motivated by hate, should be. Our laws should recognize that false reports with hateful intent can have deadly consequences,” he told the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.
The legislator said he had his own “living while black” experience that inspired the new proposed law on Aug. 9, when a woman called the police on him for speaking negatively about President Donald Trump as he campaigned at Prospect Park subway station.
“That’s gonna be a hate crime,” Hamilton said. “This pattern of calling the police on black people going about their business and participating in the life of our country has to stop.”
The incident, which Hamilton’s people filmed and of which the senator later posted an edited version, showed the woman wasn’t complaining about the lawmaker’s skin color. She was angry about his politics.
Hamilton was passing out brochures with anti-Trump slogans to those who passed him at the subway stop, and the woman was offended.
In the video, it appeared the angry woman had been handed one of his flyers, and taken umbrage at it.
“I support Trump. And I see the difference between Democrats and Republicans,” the woman told Hamilton, whose campaign staffer was filming and egging the woman on. “And I see the difference between you and Trump.”
“So do you support Jesse Hamilton?” the staffer asked.
The video showed the staffer tried to bait the woman into saying something nasty about the Hamilton specifically, but she was not to be dissuaded from what had gotten her goat.
She held up the flyer and pointed to the words “Fighting Back Trump,” the video showed.
“This should not be here,” the woman ranted at him, clearly irate. “If [Hamilton] really wants nation to be as one and fight for the better life and live the better life, you would not put the slogan here.”
Officers from the 71st Precinct responded to the woman’s call and when they arrived, they patiently explained to the woman, who spoke in heavily-accented English, that what the senator was doing was not illegal, even if she disagreed with his politics, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported.
But Hamilton saw the disagreement as a matter that should be criminal, and listed out a number of incidents in recent months involving black people who said the police had only been called on them because of their color.
“This pattern of calling the police on black people going about their business and participating in the life of our country has to stop,” Hamilton said in a statement, according to The Washington Times. “From a student taking a break at Yale, to a student eating lunch at Smith College, to a child selling lemonade, to a person having a barbecue in Oakland, to an Oregon state legislator knocking on doors – the list goes on and on.”
“These 911 calls are more than frivolous. These 911 calls amount to more than just a waste of police time and resources. These 911 calls are acts of intimidation,” Hamilton said.
A Trump supporter called the police on me today, my crime was speaking to constituents about immigration and Trump's racist policies.
— Jesse Hamilton (@SenatorHamilton) August 10, 2018
— overpasses4America (@o4america) August 23, 2018
James E Windsor, Overpasses News Desk
September 12th, 2018