In June of 1994, O.J. Simpson was arrested for a double murder after the infamous “white Bronco” chase in California. The Simpson case broke the same week that a triple-murder trial began in La Crosse for James Frydenlund, a Twin Cities man accused of killing his estranged wife, Suzzette, and her parents, Leroy and Celia Weibel, at the Weibel’s trailer home east of La Crosse. The slayings happened in the fall of 1992. Prosecutors theorized that Frydenlund drove from Minneapolis to La Crosse late at night, committed the murders, and drove back home so neighbors would see him at his house the next morning. One La Crosse TV station interrupted news coverage of Simpson in court to air the live jury verdict in the Frydenlund trial…not guilty.
A newspaper story identified Mormon Coulee Road as a hub of economic growth for the city of La Crosse. The story pointed to activity at the Shelby Mall, and a planned expansion of a Quillin’s store, which is now occupied by Goodwill and Big Lots.
TV watchers in the summer of 1994 could turn to the major networks to see ‘Murphy Brown,’ ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel Air,’ ‘Northern Exposure,’ and a reunion movie for the 80’s soap opera ‘Dynasty.’ Back on the tube 25 years ago, yesterday in La Crosse.