The Murders of Nicole Brown Simpson & Ron Goldman
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Detective Fuhrman has been in self-imposed exile from Los Angeles for decades, he still has never fully escaped the collateral damage of June 12, 1994.

The Murders of Nicole Brown Simpson & Ron Goldman

by: Betty Baley

A 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.

This 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 her friend.

Did Simpson kill the mother of his two youngest children and her friend, Ron Goldman on the evening of June 12, 1994?

OJ 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 homicide case.

The Victims -- Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Lyle Goldman

Was this a drug deal gone bad"?

Who would take such measures to kill these two seemingly innocent victims in such a violent manner?

The 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 careless?

The LAPD - An expose of the LAPD

Experts review and testify to the autopsy reports of the victims.

OJ's alibi -- Exactly what was OJ Simpson doing during the approximate time of the murders?

Slow speed chase on 405 -- What prompted OJ Simpson to make his famous "slow speed chase" in Al Cowlings Bronco days after the murders?

Evidence Dismissed -- What motivated the prosecution and defense to disregard so much possible evidence and witness accounts?

"If it doesn't fit, you must acquit" -- The famous words of Johnnie Cochran, but did the gloves actually fit?

A killer freed? -- Did the criminal jury asses all of the facts when arriving at their verdict?

What 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.

Why does OJ Simpson need an "official spokesperson?" It's because he cannot be trusted with his own reputation and public persona, or what's left of it.

Book: Killing Time: The First Full Investigation into the Unsolved Murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman
by Donald Freed, Raymond P. Briggs

© Betty Baley

Letter from Nicole Brown Simpson

Christopher Darden and Johnnie Cochran Discuss the Trial

July 2, 2001 Simpson had to relearn how to be a parent after murder acquittal.

May 17, 2001, Simpson advised actor Robert Blake against taking a lie detector test and added, "As far as I'm concerned, this man is innocent until a jury comes back and calls him guilty."

A jury in OJ's Florida road rage trial found him not guilty of battery and auto burglary in the Dec. 4, 2000, incident.

June 7, 2000: OJ says he'll take a new lie detector test if somebody puts up $3 million.

Guardianship of Sydney Brooke Simpson & Justin Ryan Simpson

October 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 for libel.

Civil Case

Brown family's civil suit
Goldman family's civil suit
The Civil Trial Transcripts
Simpson Civil Case: Court TV Reports and Trial Coverage Robert Schmidt at the Simpson civil trial. The following are some of his observations and insights.
Simpson civil case jurors
Simpson judge OK's jury prospects who admit bias. The pool of prospective jurors in the civil trial split along racial lines, with whites saying Simpson was probably guilty and African-Americans saying he is innocent.

The Trial

Profiles of key attorneys
Testimony of Dr. Henry Lee
Excerpt from testimony of Mark Fuhrman

Books, Research and Resources

Videos

California Vs OJ Simpson: 1 & 2
Question the Evidence: OJ Simpson 1994
Court TV: OJ Simpson Trial - Background - Opening Statements 1995
Court TV: OJ Simpson Trial - Defense 1995
Court TV: OJ Simpson Trial - The Prosecution
1995
Court TV: OJ Simpson Trial - Verdict 1995

Books

Crimes of the Century: From Leopold and Loeb to OJ Simpson by 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.

OJ 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 greed.

Outrage: 5 Reasons Why OJ Simpson Got Away With Murder by Vincent Bugliosi Acclaimed criminal trial lawyer Vincent Bugliosi offers highly informative, thought-provoking account of the Simpson trial in detail.

OJ Simpson: Not Guilty by Reason of Inanity by 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.

Trial of 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.

The 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.

OJ Simpson Facts and Fictions: News Rituals in the Construction of Reality by Darnell M. Hunt The relationship between social identity (race, class, gender, etc.), our perceptions of everyday reality and the Simpson double murder trial: why was America so obsessed by this case? And what are we to make of the apparent racial divide in attitudes?

The Trial of OJ: How to Watch the Trial and Understand What's Really Going On by Charles B. Rosenberg

Verdict: The Chronicle of the OJ Simpson Trial by Linda Deutsch

OJ Simpson: The Trial of the Century by Felicia Okeke-Ibezim

OJ A to Z: The Complete Handbook to the Trial of the Century
by Clifford L. Linedecker

Trial of the Century: You Be the Juror by Robert J. Walton, F. Lagard Smith

The OJ Simpson Trial Famous Trials Series by Earle Rice

Case of Double Murder People Vs. OJ Simpson: A Guidebook
by Milton P. Shafran

Trial of the Century: Obstruction of Justice: Viewpoint of a Trial Watcher by Loretta Justice, Adolfo Caso (Editor)

Triumph 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."

Investigation

Blood 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.

In "Famous 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.

Grave 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

Evidence Dismissed: The Inside Story of the Police Investigation of OJ Simpson
Detectives Tom Lange and Philip Vannatter led the investigation. Chapter One "We've got a double" Here, they present their side of the story, including much evidence that never saw its day in court.

Alternate Theories

OJ Is Guilty But Not of Murder
by William C. Dear

An in depth and logical look at the obvious other suspects.

OJ: 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.

Blood Oath: The Conspiracy to Murder Nicole Brown Simpson
by Steven Worth,
Carl Jaspers Sophisticated frame of Simpson or clever hoax?

The Frame of the Century?
by J. Neil Schulman

The Prosecution

The Prosecution Responds: An OJ Simpson Trial Prosecutor Reveals What Really Happened by Hank M. Goldberg Goldberg presents the bulk of the prosecution's forensic and scientific evidence, shares information about mechanics, tactics, and strategies of the prosecution's case. Prosecutor Hank Goldberg talks about losing the trial and facts of the case.

A Problem of Evidence: How the Prosecution Freed OJ Simpson
by Joseph Bosco A freelance journalist who covered the infamous trial shows how the evidence from the scene of the crime was used and misused in court and tells why neither side mentioned the dramatic ride in the white Bronco.

In Contempt by Christopher A. Darden

Without a Doubt by Marcia Clark Clark seems to thrive on the macabre, gruesome world of murder and mayhem, in which she has willingly, enthusiastically immersed herself for the last 10 years. The Simpson case is "like cocaine" to her.

The Dream Team

OJ Unmasked: The Trial, the Truth, and the Media by M. L. Rantala
Analysis of contradictions and exaggerations in the defense arguments.

American Tragedy: The Uncensored Story of the Simpson Defense by Lawrence Schiller, James Willwerth Reveals Simpson's cabal of defense lawyers, as egomaniacs and prevaricators.

Lessons 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, and outcome.

The Search for Justice: A Defense Attorney's Brief on the OJ Simpson Case by Robert L. Shapiro Attorney Robert Shapiro chats about his successful defense of Simpson and the ex-football great's chances during his civil trial.

Journey to Justice by Johnnie, L., Jr. Cochran, Tim Rutte

Before the Juice ran out: reasonable assumptions by E. W. Rheinhardt

O. J. Simpson: American Hero, American Tragedy by Mark Cerasin

Friends & Witnesses

Kato 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.

Shattered: In the Eye of the Storm by Faye D. Resnick, Jeanne V. Bell, Dominick Dunne (Introduction) The best friend of Nicole describes her experiences with the Simpson trial, offering a inside view of the prosecution and disturbing portrait of the defense team that sought to discredit her testimony.
Nicole Brown Simpson: The Private Diary of a Life Interrupted
by Faye Resnick, Mike Walker ``With friends like that, who needs enemies?''

Jurors

Madam 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.

Mistrial 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.

The Private Diary of an OJ Juror: Behind the Scenes of the Trial of the Century by Michael Knox, Mike Walker Revelations about the trial, each juror and each alternate, listeners get the inside scoop on what's been going on behind closed doors, and a firsthand account of what goes on in the jury room.

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