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Monday’s Wheel of Justice report kicked off with the search for the killer of Kirsten Brydum who was shot to death five years ago.  Brydum’s friends and family have been working on their own to help solve the now-cold case.  They say they know who may be responsible for the woman’s death.  Brydum came to New Orleans to help with the Hurricane Katrina recovery.  Her friends believe the person responsible for her murder may have also been killed.  They’re asking police to obtain a DNA sample from the man to compare to evidence collected at the Brydum murder scene.

Also on Monday’s report, the NOPD released a photo of a man who police say is responsible for an attack on board a RTA bus.  According to police, the attack happened last Wednesday when the bus was near the corner of St Bernard Avenue and North Prieur Street.

Monday’s Wheel of Justice report ended with a purse snatching case in the French Quarter.  Video shows the two thieves tearing down Iberville Street with the woman who owns the stolen purse running after them.  The purse snatching happened early Saturday morning, and the two thieves got away.

If you have information that could help solve any of the cases included in Monday’s Wheel of Justice report, call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 and collect your reward.  Remember, you don’t have to give your name to collect the cash.


New information in the cold case murder of Kirsten Brydum

A five-year-old New Orleans murder case could finally be solved, not by NOPD detectives, but by the victim’s relatives.

You may remember the case: Kirsten Brydum was a community activist from California who came to help New Orleans recover from Katrina, but was murdered. Her body was found near the old Florida Housing Project. Detectives retrieved DNA samples from underneath her fingernails, but they weren’t able to find anyone who matched that DNA.

Brydum’s family and friends refused to give up, hiring their own detectives who have finally come up with a suspect.

They say the killer was the son of an NOPD officer – a corrupt cop, they add – although they won’t reveal his name yet. That cop’s son has since been murdered himself they tell WGNO News.

But is there any suspicion that a cop’s son got a free ride in the original investigation?

“We don’t want to say there was any privilege, but a lot of people in the neighborhood believed that this man’s son got away with murder, but we don’t want to say that,” said Frank Lindsay, a friend of the victim.

The family has turned over their evidence to the NOPD. The family says police have promised to compare the cop’s son’s DNA to the sample, which should take about two months.

The family says if it turns out not to be a match, they will continue searching for Kirsten Brydum’s killer.

captureThere’s a break in the two year old murder case of a San Francisco woman who came to visit New Orleans. Police are one step closer to catching a killer.

Kirsten Brydum of San Francisco came to New Orleans a little over two years ago to examine alternative economic ideas especially after Katrina, but she never made it home because she was murdered. Now ABC 26 has learned homicide detectives have some promising evidence: DNA.

“Because of the lack of leads that we got in this case early on if you remember, the victim was found in a very desolate area, none of her belongings were present with her. She didn’t even have identification when she was found so we had very little to work with from the beginning, so obviously the DNA evidence is very big,” said NOPD Homicide Detective Robert Long.

The morning she was murdered, Brydum had come to the Howling Wolf nightclub to get theNew Orleans experience: listening to the Rebirth Brass Band.

NOPD has obtained security video of her after she left the club on bicycle.

“We actually have her on a video camera I believe at the exact time 1:28am shortly after she left the Howling Wolf bar. She is riding her bicycle, appears to be alone on South Peters heading to Canal Street,” Long said.

Police say that’s the last anyone has reported ever seeing her before her body was discovered by church volunteers helping in the Upper Ninth Ward.

And on Laussat where Brydum’s body was found a statue is being built to be placed on a bricks platform in her memory.

Brydum’s boyfriend from San Francisco tells us: “We are hoping that anyone who did this to Kirsten and anyone who is inclined to treat women this way that they know two years later that they are still going to be sought after. And that the fact is, the investigation is never going to stop, and that they have to look over their shoulder always.”

And NOPD hopes to have a match on that DNA soon.

If you have any information on Kirsten Brydum’s murder you are urged to call Crimestoppers at (504)822-1111. The reward stands at $10,000.