quiet night in CA ... two people slashed and stabbed to death
at the front entrance to a beautiful condominium in the upscale
neighborhood of Brentwood. A dog "wailing" as he
was roaming the neighborhood with blood matted on his underside
fur and blood on his paws ... barking for someone, anyone to
help his slain mistress. Two small children laying in their
beds asleep with no idea of the horrible murder scene at their
front gate, and the neighborhood going about their normal business
with no knowledge of the evil taking place in their quiet world
that Sunday night.
is the scene that eventually erupted into the "Trial of The Century" ...
the trial of OJ Simpson for the murders of his ex-wife and
Did Simpson kill the
mother of his two youngest children and her friend, Ron Goldman
on the evening of June 12, 1994?
was acquitted of the murders in criminal court, the state of
CA was not able to prove that he was guilty "beyond a reasonable doubt".
Is he innocent though?
What made a difference
to the civil jury? Was it the preponderance of reasonable doubt?
Was it a racial verdict?
We would like to present
the facts of the case and allow you to make up your own mind.
We will show you evidence,
the crime scene, witnesses as well as experts testimony and conclusions
regarding the facts of this infamous and officially unsolved double
The Victims -- Nicole
Brown Simpson and Ronald Lyle Goldman
Who would take such
measures to kill these two seemingly innocent victims in such a
Crime Scene -- Bloody footprints and a trail of blood leading
away from the bodies of the victims. Was the crime scene "tainted"
or corrupted by investigators? Was OJ Simpson framed or simply
killer freed? -- Did the criminal jury asses all of the facts
when arriving at their verdict?
Americans had in common that day was that we stopped using
the phone for a few minutes: according to AT&T, phone traffic
dropped 60% from 10 a.m. to 10:05 a.m. P. T. In appliance stores
and offices and diners, we dropped everything and watched as
nine blacks, two whites and one Hispanic rendered their verdict: Orenthal
James Simpson was not guilty of the murder of his ex-wife Nicole
Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman.
1999 Kato Kaelin won an undisclosed amount in his $15 million
lawsuit against The Examiner tabloid over the headline: "Cops Think Kato Did It!" The
tabloid argued in the case that "it" meant perjury -- not the killings.
But a federal appeals court ruled the headline alone could be grounds
of the Century: From Leopold and Loeb to OJ Simpson
Gilbert Geis, Leigh B. Bienen Geis is a professor
of criminology at the University of California, Irvine; Bienen is
a lecturer in the law school at Northwestern University. Many of
the details of the Simpson trial are familiar, but Geis and Bienen
offer interesting perspectives on why some important witnesses were
perceived as credible.
the Last Word by
Gerry L. Spence
America's best-loved criminal attorney and pundit--Gerry Spence--originally
chosen to represent Simpson in his criminal trial and expert
commentator throughout. Spence addresses the issue of race,
the media orgy, a culture of celebrity obsession and materialistic
Simpson: Not Guilty by Reason of Inanity
Robert R.Ogle, Jr. Review of events which led to the acquittal of Simpson
in his criminal trial. Names the reasons for his acquittal and the
persons responsible for the acquittal.
the Century: People
of the State of California Vs. Orenthal James Simpson by
Frank M. Schmalleger Frank Schmalleger is director of the Justice
Research Association, a think tank focusing on issues of crime
and justice. An author of a number of books on criminal justice
and here turns his talents to the --the Trial of the Century.
Relive the trial.
OJ Simpson Trials: Rhetoric, Media, and the Law by
Janice E. Schuetz (Editor), Lin S. Lilley (Editor) -- A communications
professor and a professional trial consultant team up to provide
a definitive account of the trial, analyzing the defense and
prosecution cases, ethical issues surrounding the event, and
the 5 "hot button"
legal issues sparked by the proceedings.
of Justice: Closing the Book On the Simpson Saga
by Daniel Petrocelli, Peter Knobler Daniel Petrocelli is
the attorney who represented Fred Goldman and his family in their
civil suit against OJ Simpson for the death of their son Ron (he
also coordinated the simultaneous prosecution of suits brought by
Ron's biological mother and the estate of Nicole). Petrocelli
tells how he was able to succeed where Marcia Clark and Chris Darden
failed. "He was handsome, mischievous, wholesome; he was
"the Juice." If I permitted Simpson to endear himself to the jury
on that witness stand, we would lose. If the jury believed Simpson
when he looked them in the eyes and swore on his children that
he did not commit these murders, the case would be over. No amount
of blood, DNA, or physical evidence would overcome that one defining
moment of this trial. I could not allow that to happen. I had read
everything, learned everything, spoken to everyone who would speak
to me, immersed myself in Simpson's life and was ready to take
him on. I had worked obsessively for more than a year to prepare
for this moment ... I had to take control of the examination from
the beginning. I had to control a man who never once in his life
let anyone control him."
Evidence: How DNA is Revolutionizing the Way We Solve Crimes A
look at how breakthroughs in DNA testing impact on criminal investigations.
From OJ Simpson to the disappearance of Chandra Levy and the reopening
of the Edward De Salvo case, the collection and use of DNA in criminal
investigations has become a controversial and often confusing burden
of proof. Blood Evidence explains the principles and science behind
DNA testing and shows how it has both helped solve some of the most
puzzling criminal cases in recent history and been used to discredit
eyewitness accounts and physical evidence found at the crime scene.
Crimes Revisited," renowned forensic scientist, Dr.
Henry Lee, and Jerry Labriola, MD reexamine the Simpson, Vincent
Foster, JonBenet Ramsey, Lindbergh baby, Sam Sheppard, JFK,
and Sacco-Vanzetti cases. Surprising questions are raised and
rare photographs provided.
Secrets: A Leading Forensic Expert Reveals the Startling
Truth About OJ Simpson, David Koresh, Vincent Foster, and Other
Sensational Cases by
Cyril H. Wecht, Mark Curriden, Benjamin Wecht (Contributor),
Michael M. Baden
101 Theories, Conspiracies and Alibis by
Peter Roberts -- Roberts offers 101 intriguing theories,
conspiracies and alibis pointing toward Simpson's guilt or innocence
in the murders of his ex-wife Nicole and her friend, Ron.
from the Trial: The People V. OJ Simpson by
Gerald F. Uelmen
The law professor and member of Simpson's defense team's account
of the Simpson trial, from jury selection through closing arguments
and verdict, addressing all key issues, explaining events, reasons,
Kaelin: The Whole Truth: The Real Story of OJ, Nicole and Kato by
Marc Eliot Kato talks about O. J.'s rage at Nicole, his preoccupation
with her sex life, his anger over her relationship with Kato's
friend Grant Cramer and his obsession with the provocative
way Nicole dressed to go "nightclubbing" with her friends.
Nicole literally predicted her own murder.
Foreman: A Rush to Judgment?
by Amanda Cooley, Carrie Bess, Marsha Rubin-Jackson, Willie
Cravin, Tracy Hampton, Jeanette Harris, Tracy Kennedy, Michael
Knox, Tom Byrnes, Mike Walker, Amanda Cooley
In the words of jury foreman Armanda Cooley, jurors
Marsha Rubin-Jackson and Carrie Bess, and a cast of 5 former jurors
are the answers to the questions that the nation has been asking
since the controversial verdict that freed OJ.
of the Century: A Private Diary of the Jury System on Trial
by Tracy Kennedy, Judith Kennedy, Alan Abrahamson,
Judith Spreckels A former juror in the trial
of OJ Simpson, who was dismissed from the jury by Judge Ito, describes
his experiences as part of the courtroom drama, what life was like
for him and his wife during the sequestration and his dismissal.