The O.J. Simpson case: it’s a saga that won’t end… even when the television cameras are turned off. And just when you think you’ve seen the last red herring or the final smudge of corruption and police misconduct, along comes another mystery. On March 4, Los Angeles police captain Andy Neiman confirmed that a knife allegedly found on Simpson’s former Brentwood estate was being examined. How did the LA police get this knife 22 years after O.J.’s acquittal?
In a twist stranger than fiction but in keeping with the bizarre twists and turns in this two decade saga, it seems a retired police officer had been in possession of the knife for years. Details are sketchy... but apparently a construction worker handed the knife to the cop, who was in Brentwood moonlighting on a movie set at the time, and the police officer kept it as a memento. The FX series The People vs. O.J Simpson has renewed America’s interest in the O.J. Simpson case. The timing of the “newly” discovered knife is suspect; a retired cop who spends his free time moonlighting on film sets seems like the type who’s looking for 15 minutes of fame. Of course, that’s only speculation. Here are 10 shocking things you didn’t know about the O.J. Simpson trial.
10 O.J's Daughter Thinks He's Innocent
9 Kris Jenner Feels Personally Responsible
8 The $5 Million Murder Weapon
7 Kim Goldman Wanted to Kill O.J. Simpson
6 O.J. Used Racism As A Defense
5 His TV Show “Frogmen” Never Aired
4 The Case Killed Marcia Clark's Career
3 Domino's Pizza Record Sales During Bronco Chase
It’s possible that legions of sports fans were already ordering pizzas on June 17, 1994. The day was dominated by sports coverage; the Knicks played the Houston Rockets in game five of the NBA finals, the Rangers won the Stanley Cup, Arnold Palmer played his final round at the U.S. Open, and the FIFA World Cup opened in Chicago. However, the Bronco chase dominated sports coverage. NBC even put the NBA finals in small box in the corner so Tom Brokaw could anchor the slow-speed chase. It was must-see TV, and 95 million viewers tuned in.
2 3rd Most Memorable TV Event of All Time
1 O.J. Simpson Had Incriminating Items in the Bronco
The infamous bronco chase began in Orange County and ended at Simpson's Brentwood Estate. It started at 6pm and ended around 8pm. During the two-hour pursuit Simpson talked on the phone with LAPD Detective Tom Lange. Simpson told Lange he wasn’t running; he said, “…you let the police know, you let them all know, I'm not running.” After the police took Simpson into custody at Brentwood, however, they found some peculiar items in the Bronco. LAPD confiscated $9,000 in cash, a fake goatee and mustache, a bottle of makeup adhesive, receipts from a beauty store, as well a passport and gun. For a guy who wasn’t “running,” the disguise items in the Bronco certainly made it look like O.J. was running for his life... perhaps to Mexico, or beyond.
Sources: <strong> </strong>CNN.com, TheGuardian.com, NationalEnquirer.com, RadarOnline.com, Variety.co
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