Bring The OJ, It’s Breakfast Time!

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Photo curtesy of: https://abcnews.go.com/US/oj-simpson-smiling-newly-released-mugshot/story?id=39661941

Katie Gary

Orenthal James Simpson was born on July 9, 1947. The household name everyone has used, and some believe comitted a double murder on  Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman. Why was his case the most publicized case in history ?

At 12:10 a.m. on June 13, 1994, Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman were found murdered outside of Nicole’s Bundy Drive apartment in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles, California. She had been stabbed multiple times in the head and neck, and had defensive wounds on her hands. Her larynx could be seen through the gaping wound in her neck, and vertebra C3 was incised; her head remained barely attached to the body. Both victims had been dead for about two hours prior to being discovered by police. Robert Riske, one of the first two officers on the scene, found a single bloody glove, among other evidence.

Detectives went to Simpson’s Brentwood estate to inform him that Nicole had been murdered. Detective Mark Fuhrman climbed over an external wall and unlocked the gate to allow the other three detectives to enter as well. The detectives argued that they entered without a search warrant because of circumstances  specifically, in this case, out of fear that Simpson might have been injured also. Simpson was not present when the detectives arrived early that morning; he had taken a flight to Chicago late the previous night. Detectives briefly interviewed Kato Kaelin, who was staying in Simpson’s guest house. 

In a walk-around of the premises, Fuhrman discovered a second bloody glove; it was later determined to be the match of the glove found at the murder scene. Through DNA testing, the blood on this one was determined to have come from both victims. This, together with other evidence collected at both scenes, was determined to be probable cause to issue an arrest warrant for Simpson.

Right after the investigation started, one of Simpson’s longtime friend and police officer Ron Shipp talked to him in his bedroom for a private discussion. Simpson jokingly told him, “To be honest, Shipp, I’ve had some dreams about killing her.”

OJ Simpson’s case was based on his glove and evidence that was omitted upon trial. Simpson was asked to wear it but it was a size too small. It was shrunken because leather shrinks when wet and dried and when heat is applied. He knew that so even if they tried it he could get away with it, which is what they did.

 The other evidence was excused because the plaintiff did not show the defendant or the judge the newly found evidence. The jury found him not guilty because the prime witnesses, a butcher who gave him the murder weapon and a resident who was a neighbor of wife sold their stories. Thus caused the jury to believe it was fake since OJ was a famous figure. Some people think he should still be in jail, others beg to differ. One glove squeezed the orange life out of OJ. 

 

Orenthal’s actions soon caught up with him; In 2007, Simpson was arrested in Las Vegas, Nevada, and charged with multiple counts of armed robbery and kidnapping. In 2008, he was convicted and sentenced to 33 years imprisonment, with a minimum of nine years without parole. On July 20, 2017, OJ was granted parole and was freed on October 1, 2017.