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Yesterday in La Crosse

Two murder cases competing for headlines, 27 years ago



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. Twin Cities defense attorney Earl Gray lists the Frydenlund trial as one of his courtroom victories. Gray is one of the defense lawyers representing former Minneapolis police officers accused in the death of George Floyd.  

The New Orleans Saints were practicing at UWL for the seventh straight year.  Later that year, the football team announced that it would keep the summer training camp in La Crosse for another five years…but as it turned out, that extension would be the last one. The Saints went back south for their training after the 1999 season.  It was also the fifth year that the WIAA state track meet was held at the UW-L stadium…in June of 1994, yesterday in La Crosse.   

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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