American Crime Story, Investigation Discovery’s The Real Story, the Oscar-winning documentary Made in America. Given the glut of programs surrounding the 20th anniversary of the O.J. Simpson trial, you may think you know everything there is to know about the infamous court case and the grizzly murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman. But here are 20 facts which may have escaped your attention.
20. Simpson is still in millions of dollars worth of debt to the Goldmans
Simpson may not have been convicted at his criminal trial but he did lose out at a civil court hearing. Indeed, the former NFL pro was ordered to pay the family of victim Ron Goldman $33 million. But according to Goldman’s father Fred, Simpson still hasn’t given them a cent since the ruling.
19. The white Bronco is now in a museum
It’s one of the most infamous vehicles in modern history: the white Ford Bronco that Simpson drove as the cops chased him through Southern California. And now, the vehicle can be seen up close and personal. Yes, the notorious car is now part of an exhibit at Pigeon Forge’s Alcatraz East Crime Museum in Tennessee.
18. Simpson was planning to disguise himself while on the run
Simpson insisted he wasn’t running away during the two-hour car chase which gripped the entire nation. However, the contents of his Bronco told a different story. Cops not only found his passport in the vehicle, they also discovered a fake mustache, a fake goatee, and some makeup adhesive.
17. The car chase caused Domino’s sales to rocket
The televised car chase had an unforeseen effect on a major fast food outlet. Over 95 million people watched the chase unfold live on their screens. And Domino’s Pizza reportedly delivered a record-breaking amount of pizzas during the incident as hungry viewers stayed glued to their TV sets.
16. Simpson threatened to shoot himself in Kim Kardashian’s bedroom
Before the car chase, Simpson threatened to commit suicide in the bedroom of a future reality TV phenomenon. Robert Kardashian confirmed that he had found the star there with a gun. Luckily, however, the lawyer managed to calm the situation by begging Simpson not to pull the trigger in the place where his daughter Kim slept.
15. Robert Kardashian may have concealed the murder weapon
What’s more, Robert Kardashian may have done more than just talk Simpson out of suicide. The Louis Vuitton bag he removed from the star’s house just 24 hours after the murders is believed by some to have contained the murder weapon. However, Kardashian insisted there was nothing to hide.
14. A serial killer on death row said he had committed the murders
Shortly after Simpson was cleared, a serial killer claimed he was responsible for the murders of Brown and Goldman. Glen Rogers confessed to the crimes while on death row, possibly with the intention of being transferred to California where he would avoid the death penalty. However, his version of events has never been verified.
13. Simpson himself reportedly confessed during his trial
Simpson himself also allegedly confessed his guilt while locked up in jail during the trial. Indeed, the ex-footballer was said to have revealed all to spiritual advisor Rosey Grier. However, the defense blocked the prosecution from calling Grier to the stand on the grounds that their discussion was confidential.
12. Simpson had previously pleaded no contest to domestic violence charges
The murder trial wasn’t Simpson’s first time in court – or his last. In 1989 the sportsman pleaded no contest to charges of spousal abuse. However, the star was only given 120 hours of community service, a sentence which didn’t prove to be a deterrent. Four years later Nicole phoned cops in tears alleging that her husband “is going to beat the s**t out of me.”
11. Some believe Simpson’s son was the killer
A popular conspiracy theory is that Simson’s son took the rap to protect his son. Private detective Bill Dear is just one of many who believe that Jason Simpson murdered his stepmother in a fit of rage. His dad is then said to have helped cover up the crime after Jason confessed to him.
10. The murders could have been coke related
Another theory is that the pair were murdered due to Nicole’s reported drug abuse. In a tell-all book published just months after the tragedy, Nicole’s pal Faye Resnick alleged that the victim had been a regular cocaine user. Consequently, some believe that she and Goldman may have met their fate at the hands of drug dealers.
9. Marcia Clark quit law after the trial
Marcia Clark led the prosecution during the trial. She had worked in LA law since the early ‘80s, but she gave up her career following the verdict. Clark later admitted that the case had ruined her life, and she subsequently retreated from the spotlight for a couple of years. She did, however, go on to publish a best-selling book and she also reported on high-profile cases for Entertainment Tonight.
8. Nicole’s body was found because of her dog
Nicole’s body was only found when a neighbor spotted her dog looking lost and distressed. After first hearing Nicole’s pooch, an Akita, howling and wailing, Pablo Fenives then noticed that the animal had blood covered paws. And when she approached the dog, it led Fenives straight to Nicole’s house and ultimately, to her lifeless body.
7. Nicole’s children were in the house when she was murdered
One of the most disturbing things about the murders is that Nicole’s children were just yards away from where it all happened. Sydney and Justin, who were eight and five at the time, were thankfully asleep upstairs at the Brentwood mansion as the gruesome crime unfolded. The pair have never spoken publicly about the case.
6. Simpson had trained in armed combat shortly before the murders
In a coincidental turn of events, Simpson had undergone knife combat training for a TV show just months before the murders. The footballer-turned-actor even had to film a scene where he brandished a knife at a female character’s throat. Of course, in the wake of the crime, NBC’s Frogmen never made it to air.
5. Simpson was caught lying about key evidence
Simpson was caught out during the trial thanks to an almighty fashion blunder. The star claimed the bloodied pair of men’s Bruno Magli shoes found at the scene couldn’t be his as he’d never wear such “ugly ass” footwear. However, the prosecution then presented 30 photos of the star wearing the same style of shoe.
4. Time magazine Photoshopped Simpson to look darker on their cover
Time magazine caused outrage during the trial when they Photoshopped their front cover to make Simpson’s skin appear darker, and more threatening. And the publication may have got away with it had Newsweek not used the exact same mug shot for its cover in the very same week. Unsurprisingly, Time was subsequently accused of being racist.
3. Simpson isn’t allowed to watch anything about the case
Simpson may have re-entered the public’s consciousness again with the likes of American Crime Story. But he isn’t allowed to see how he’s portrayed. Indeed, a spokesman for the Nevada Department of Corrections stated it wouldn’t be appropriate for Simpson and his fellow inmates to view anything related to the case.
2. Simpson kept a picture of Nicole in his cell
However, Simpson has been allowed to keep a picture of Nicole in his cell. That’s according to a former prison officer at Nevada’s Lovelock Correctional Center, where Simpson is serving 33 years for kidnapping and armed robbery. Jeffrey Felix told Inside Edition that Simpson also “gets very upset” on his and Nicole’s wedding anniversary.
1. Simpson hosted a massive party after the trial
Simpson didn’t exactly keep a low profile after he was found not guilty of the murders. In fact, the star hosted a massive party immediately after his release which became so rowdy that Los Angeles police were sent to keep order. And even more damningly, Simpson had organized the bash in advance of the verdict.