Jim and Mary Northrup hoped the past month was just a bad dream they’d awake from.
But the sad reality is that someone broke into their dad’s home, stabbed him to death and his wife of 17 years, as they slept in their bed.
And more than a month later, Davis Police still don’t know who killed Oliver Chip Northrup and Claudia Maupin.
“If someone would’ve come to their home, they would’ve given the shirts off their back,” Chip’s son, Jim Northrup said with a quivering voice.
And that’s the kindhearted people they were – Chip an attorney for the underdog, and Claudia a counselor for those down on their luck.
“He represented in the appellate court, the people that we forgotten, or left behind. So it’s hard to imagine even that any of his clients might have been upset with him,” Chip’s daughter, Mary Northrup said. “It’s very hard to think of someone being upset enough with either of them.”
The suspect who broke in, killed them but took nothing from the home.
Their home is still considered a crime scene, so family hasn’t been able to collect precious belongings.
So what they hold on to is their last conversation, their very last memory of them.
“A big hug and told me how much he loved me. I’m so glad I have that,” Jim said with tears.
“That’s who they were. That’s the last thing, was they hugged us and said how much they loved us,” his sister added. “He’s not gone because there’s a piece of him in everybody that I meet that knew him. And that’s something that a murderer can’t kill.”
If you have any information about this stabbing, call the Davis Police Department tipline: (530) 747-5439.