The OJ Simpson case was called the Case of the Century. It has spawned movies, television series, books, documentaries and even a “novel” from Simpson himself called If I Did It. But how much do you really know about this infamous case? Below is a collection of 16 facts that you may not have heard about Simpson and the murders of Nicole Brown and Ronald Goldman.
The Kids Were Home
Nicole Brown Simpson’s two children, Sydney, then eight, and Justin, who was five, were asleep upstairs on the night their mother was murdered. It took hours before the bodies of Brown and Ronald Goldman were discovered by a neighbor’s dog.
OJ did many incriminating things after the murder of his ex-wife, including running away in a Ford Bronco and nearly killing himself. However, few people know he almost confessed at the funeral. Kris Kardashian, then known as Kris Jenner, said OJ stood over the casket and whispered “I’m sorry, Nic. I’m sorry.”
Nicole Simpson’s Diaries
By now we all know that Nicole Brown Simpson had called the police due to beatings by OJ Simpson. However, she also wrote about the domestic violence she experienced at his hand. Nicole’s sister Denise Brown revealed Nicole’s diary, which discussed in detail the way that OJ beat her during sex and kicked her on the floor. One chilling entry said after one such terrible incident, it took Nicole hours just to crawl to the door.
Return to the Scene
OJ continued his self-incriminating behavior by returning to the scene of the crime. Sources say OJ went back to Nicole’s condo at 875 S. Bundy Drive just a month after he was found not guilty of the double homicide.
OJ Wanted an Alibi
Kato Kaelin became famous for being a guest who lived in OJ’s pool house. He later said OJ begged him to provide a fake alibi for the night of the murder. ”You know where I was Kato, you know I was in the kitchen at this time,” Simpson said. Kaelin explained that “He was in the kitchen trying to convince me about what I believe now was an alibi for him.”
Nicole was Nearly Decapitated
The wounds to Nicole Simpson and Ronald Goodman were brutal. When Nicole’s body was discovered outside her house, her neck wound was so extreme that it exposed her larynx and cut all the way into the spine. Goldman was stabbed multiple times in his chest, abdomen and thigh.
Nicole Predicted OJ Would Murder Her
According to Kris Jenner, Nicole thought OJ would eventually killer her. She told Jenner, “Things are really bad between O.J. and I. He’s going to kill me and he’s going to get away with it.”
The Louis Vuitton Garment Bag
Simpson confidant Robert Kardashian allegedly had his doubts about his old friend’s innocence. Many people suspect that Kardashian helped OJ get away with murder by leaving OJ’s house carrying a Louis Vuitton garment bag. To this day, no one knows what was in the bag, but it could have contained the murder weapon, which was never found.
Selling the Murder Weapon
Speaking of the murder weapon, the National Enquirer ran a story in 2012 that OJ Simpson actually kept the murder weapon, which is believed to have been a six-inch German stiletto knife. A source told the Enquirer that Simpson was considering selling the knife to a secret collector for $5 million, in a deal that would have been cash only.
If It Doesn’t Fit
The most shocking moment of the trial was when defense lawyer Johnnie Cochran put the gloves worn by the killer on OJ and they did not fit. Former prosecutor Christopher Darden said that Cochran had torn the lining of the gloves so that OJ could dramatically punch out his fingers, making the gloves look as if they didn’t fit on his hands. “I think Johnny tore the lining so that O.J.’s fingers couldn’t go all the way up into the glove,” he said.
Simpson recorded a tape where he threatened to kill himself before he took off in his white Bronco. According to portions of the tape which were shared with the media, Simpson said:
“Oh boy, I don’t know how I ended up here. Please remember me as ‘The Juice.’ Please remember me as a good guy. Don’t remember me as one of the negatives that might end up here. Please, please, please, please leave my kids at peace. I love everybody.”
OJ Had His Passport
When OJ took off in his Bronco, he wasn’t sure if he would kill himself or try to escape. In the car were extra clothes, his passport, a fake beard, nearly $8,000 in cash, and a loaded .357 Magnum.
The savagery of the murders convinced some people that a former football player turned actor couldn’t have pulled it off. However, Simpson had been trained in knife combat just a few months prior to that fateful night. In 1994, Simpson filmed a pilot (which has never been seen) called “Frogmen”, which would have aired on NBC. He would’ve played the leader of a group of Navy SEALs. Simpson trained in combat and even filmed a scene where he holds a knife to a woman’s throat.
The Brentwood Condo
The Brentwood condo that became famous as the site of the double-murder had a tough time on the real estate market. After sitting empty for two years, it was sold for just $200,000 – way off market value for the neighborhood. The new owners extensively remodeled the home and changed the street number in order to deter tourists. In 2006, their investment paid off when the condo sold for $1.72 million.
The Serial Killer
Glen Rogers, a convicted serial killer, has tried to confess to the murders of Goldman and Brown. Rogers was a drifter who had been hired as a house painter by Nicole Brown. He claims that OJ Simpson hired him to kill Nicole and then waited nearby to make sure it happened. But according to Rogers, Goldman soon arrived and things went haywire. Rogers’ brother says that he took an angel pin from Nicole’s body and mailed it back to Rogers’ mother in Ohio.
If I Did It
In 2006, ReganBooks was set to publish a quasi-memoir by Simpson called “If I Did It.” In the book, Simpson tells a hypothetical story about how he would have killed Brown and Goldman. After public outcry, the book was not published. However, after the Goldmans sued Simpson and won a verdict for wrongful death, a court gave the family the right to publish it on their own and take the proceeds. The book’s title was changed from “If I Did It, Here’s How It Happened” to “If I Did It, Confessions of the Killer.”