O.J Simpson: A Cold Blooded Killer
On June 12th, 1994, at around 10:15 p.m., Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman were brutally murdered. There is no doubt that their killer was none other than Nicole Brown Simpson’s ex-husband, former football great and media personality O. J. Simpson. There is an unbelievable amount of evidence pointing to O.J., from blood in his car, to his footprints at Nicole’s condominium on Bundy Drive. If anyone other than Simpson committed this crime, it would probably be the greatest framing in the history of civilized courts. The only thing that remains a mystery is how in the world Orenthal James Simpson is still a free man.
Precisely what happened sometime after ten o’clock on the Sunday night of June 12, 1994 is still debated, but according to Douglas Linder, “most likely a single male came through the back entrance of Nicole Brown Simpson’s condominium in the prestigious Brentwood area of Los Angeles. In a small area near the front gate, the man brutally slashed Nicole, almost severing her neck from her body. Then he struggled with and repeatedly–about thirty times–stabbed Ronald Goldman”(2). Nicole’s dog drew attention to itself around midnight when it started barking uncontrollably. One of her neighbors saw the dog’s blood covered legs and later discovered the body. It wouldn’t take long for the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) to point the finger at O.J. Simpson.
Police called O.J. early the next morning, informing him that his ex-wife had been murdered. A typical person would ask questions such as by whom? How? When? O.J. did not. Police eventually obtained enough evidence to get a warrant for Simpson’s arrest. They worked out an agreement with Simpson’s attorney that Simpson was to turn himself in at police headquarters by 10:00 a.m. on June 17th (the following day). When Simpson did not appear by this time, police informed his attorney that they would be going to his Brentwood home to pick him up. “When four officers showed up at Simpson’s residence at around one o’clock, all they discovered was a letter wrote by Simpson addressed to “Whom it may concern”. The letter appeared to be (and most likely was) a suicide letter. It ended: “Don’t feel sorry for me. I’ve had a great life, great friends. Please think of the real O. J. and not this lost person. Thanks for making my life special. I hope I helped yours. Peace and love, O. J.” (Linder 3)
Immediately the LAPD set out looking for O.J. With the help of a pedestrian found him riding in the back of a friend’s white Bronco. Nearly instantaneously more than a dozen police cars and news helicopters were on the most famous slow-speed police chase in history. Police bargained with Simpson, and persuaded him to come to a stop outside of his house, where it was discovered Simpson was carrying $8,750 in cash, a false beard and mustache, a fully loaded .357 pistol, and a passport. This is very unusual behavior for a man who had nothing to hide, isn’t it? In the following months evidence would be collected that could only lead to one person committing the murders, O.J. Simpson.
Nearly eight months later, O.J Simpson was on trial for the killings of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. O.J pleaded “Absolutely one hundred percent not guilty” (Linder 4). The prosecution’s opening statement was a phone call Nicole had made to 911, while they were still married, fearing that Simpson was going to harm her. O.J. could be heard yelling in the background of the tape. Many witnesses believed that O.J. was abusive towards Nicole during their relationship.
The prosecution had plenty of evidence to work with during the trial. “Hair evidence included hairs consistent with that of Simpson’s were found on a cap at Nicole’s residence. There were also hairs consistent with Simpson’s found on Ron Goldman’s shirt” (Linder 3) “Blood evidence included blood dropped near shoe prints at Bundy, which matched Simpson’s (only about 0.5% of the world’s population would match this type). Simpson also had fresh fingernail shaped cuts on his hand the day after the murders. Blood was found in Simpson’s Bronco, in the foyer of his master bedroom, and on his driveway” (Linder 2). Simpson’s defense to all of this was “I don’t know how it got there”. Which would be a common theme against all evidence brought forth against him.
A good ways into the trial the prosecution brought forth a left glove that was covered in blood found at the Bundy residence that matched a right glove found at Simpson’s house. “Nicole Brown Simpson had bought a pair of these exact gloves in 1990 at Bloomingdales” (Courttv.com/trials/Ojsimpson/weekly/136.html). There was also a picture of Simpson wearing the gloves, to which O.J. denied being his. When O.J. was asked to try on the blood soaked glove, it didn’t seem to quite fit. This could have been because he was stretching out his hand or because the glove had been shrunk due to the blood on it. The glove not fitting may have had a big part in O.J. being found not guilty.
Another piece of solid evidence against O.J. was shoe evidence. “There were shoe prints found at Bundy, which were from a size 12 Bruno Magli shoe. There were bloody shoe impressions in O.J.’s bronco consistent with a Magli shoe, and O.J. Simpson wore size 12 shoes” (Bosco 37). After the trial photos of O.J. in a pair Bruno Magli shoes surfaced, which would have solidified this evidence even more during the trial (Linder 1). This was not the only evidence that surfaced after the trial, although it is some of the more hard evidence found.
After the trial, Simpson made no real effort to track down Nicole’s killer, nor did he seem to talk much about it at all (Wikipedia 4). Simpson did not even testify at his criminal trial, defense attorneys will almost always call their client to the stand if they believe him/her to be innocent. Simpson’s defense was always careful to state that “The jury did the right thing” after Simpson’s not guilty verdict. Not one of them ever stated that Simpson was innocent. “The jury also was not allowed to hear testimony concerning Simpson’s rumored “jailhouse confession” to Rosie Gardner” (Linder 3). Another big thing is that no evidence has ever surfaced that anyone other than Simpson was the killer of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman.
There are two other theories people have regarding the double murders. The most common one would be that a hit man murdered Nicole, who was hired by the mafia. Nicole supposedly was involved with criminals in drug trades, and Ron Goldman worked at Mezzalunas, a fancy restaurant where there were known mafia members working. Another far out theory is that O.J. Simpson’s son Jason committed the murders. Jason had supposedly had a crush on Nicole and was angry with her for her lifestyle. Jason was a chef in training and would always carry a knife set with him. Jason had no alibi the night of the murders, and had been known to go into furious rages and would forget things he had done. O.J. stated in one of his cancelled books that a man name “Charlie” had committed the murders, and that he had took the knife from him. This could be a reference to his son, and that could have been where he received the cuts on his hand. Both of these can be disproven with simple facts though.
Conspiracy theories are quite simply ideas people think up to either explain or disprove a fact or event. O.J. Simpson killing Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman is not a conspiracy theory, it is a fact. The only reason O.J was not convicted in his criminal trial was because of a combination of the “Dream Team” defense team (which Simpson spent more than 4 million dollars on), proof of O.J’s officer being racist, to which he denied being, completely throwing out his credibility, and contaminated evidence. That’s it. O.J. did not have a solid alibi, a reason to fleeing the police, reasons to why all the evidence pointed to him, nor even a straight story when it came to simple points of the trial. “In fact in a group of 600 random people questioned, 73% of the people stated that O.J. would have been found guilty if he wasn’t rich” (Linder 1). All of these facts point to Orenthal James Simpson being a murderer.
Bosco, Joseph. A Problem of Evidence: How the Prosecution Freed O.J. Simpson: William Morrow & Company, 1996
Linder, Daniel. Famous American Trials: The O.J. Simpson Trial. 2000.
“O.J. Simpson murder case.” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. 21 Jan 2007, 05:09 UTC. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. 24 Jan 2007