The wife of Oregon Culinary Institute instructor Daniel Brophy was arrested yesterday for his murder, according to a statement from Portland Police Bureau. On June 2, Portland Police responded to a report of a shooting inside the Goose Hollow culinary school, where they found the 63-year-old chef instructor shot. Now, almost exactly three months later, Nancy L. Crampton-Brophy has been booked at the Multnomah Country Jail, charged with murder and unlawful use of a weapon.
Brophy had taught at Oregon Culinary Institute since 2006, where he was known for his love of gardening and sense of humor. Before joining OCI, he taught at a now-defunct cooking school called In Good Taste. He taught a wide swath of talented Portland chefs, including Malka’s Jessie Aron, and worked alongside Chopped alum and Side Yard Farm owner Stacy Givens as a poultry slaughter instructor.
Crampton-Brophy, an author of romance-thrillers, posted news of her husband’s death on Facebook 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,” she wrote. This story will be updated with more information as it becomes available.