Carlisle Brigham, the 29-year-old woman who was found dead in a pool of blood in an Orchard Street apartment building on Monday morning, was carrying a large overnight bag that may have contributed to her fatal fall down the stairs. The Post is also reporting that Brigham's father had been concerned about his daughter's drinking, and was flying in from St. Louis in an attempt to take her to rehab.
The Times reports that Brigham was staying with a friend at 191 Orchard Street because she had lost her keys to her own apartment. After returning from a wedding in D.C. late Sunday night she allegedly went to the bar Sixth Ward with a friend, where she was reportedly "drinking heavily." She spoke with her father at 9:25 a.m. and again at 9:30 a.m., as they were supposed to meet for lunch.
Her husband, Anthony Champalimaud, a VP at a Malaysian hotel conglomerate who was in England at the time of his wife's death, said that while they separated before their one-year anniversary, they had hoped to work through their issues. “It was a difficult period," he told the Times. "We were intensely engaged with one another, but just needing space. It was not obvious where it would end.”
Brigham worked at the Natural History Museum. After finishing an internship there she was "delighted" to pick up freelance work "cataloging thousands of specimens of fossilized mammals and fabricating exotic creatures."
Brigham's father, James Brigham Jr., a former budget director for the city under Ed Koch, said his daughter was distraught after attending the wedding in D.C. this past weekend: “She said it was a really difficult weekend." He apparently arrived at the building just as the ambulance was pulling away.
“It’s just devastating, it’s so unspeakably difficult,” Brigham said. “I’ve received 100 e-mails, and almost to a person everyone says I don’t know what to say. And I don’t either, in a way. It’s just devastating to lose such a beautiful creature.”