Gotta Watch: O.J. Simpson saga
O.J. Simpson went from popular former football hero to tarnished athlete when he was accused of murdering his ex-wife and Ronald Goldman.
June 12th, 2011
02:49 PM ET

Gotta Watch: O.J. Simpson saga

The O.J. Simson saga was a story so riveting, it was dubbed it the crime of the century. It marked a meteoric fall from grace for a national superstar while dividing a nation among racial lines. It all began June 12, 1994, when the bodies of Nicole Brown Simpson, ex-wife of football legend O.J. Simpson, and a man named Ronald Goldman, were discovered outside her Brentwood, California, home. The nation and media became obsessed with every detail of the murders and trial. Watch how this tale of murder and celebrity became such a huge part of popular culture.

The murders - The Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman were found stabbed to death outside Simpson's condo on June 12, 1994. The bloody crime scene, located in one of California's most affluent neighborhoods, and its connection to former football star O.J. Simpson, immediately put the case in the spotlight.

The infamous car chase – Californians are used to watching car chases on television. But when a former Heisman trophy winner takes police on a low-speed car chase and threatens to kill himself, even they couldn't have anticipated what would happen.

Jury finds Simpson not guilty – O.J. Simpson’s fate was must-see television. When the jury announced a verdict of not guilty, Simpson was visibly relieved. Meanwhile, viewers could hear the reaction of  the victims’ families. The moment was seared in the nation's cultrual memory.

Verdict reaction - As you'll see, reaction to the verdict was divided among racial lines.

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  1. Velvet Jones

    It be ah simpa case a self de-fence. OJ's biatch jus' be hoein' aroun' 'n OJ be doin' da rat thang know wut i'm sayin? Yeah you Typico! Nah git yo black azz back ta woik.

    June 13, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
    • English Major

      What the hell did you just say? Get an education already!

      June 14, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  2. Velvet Jones

    Evabuddy know. Evabuddy know.

    June 13, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  3. The Reverend Al Sharpton (D-South)

    Evabuddy do know.

    June 13, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  4. handiboy

    Why do dawk peepo tok dum? It makeses peepo with speaks impedtimints sound dumb too. You twy saying Pentagom paypuhs real fast 3 times. See?

    June 13, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  5. TellurideGreg

    The first sentence says it all. Doesn't even make sense.

    June 13, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  6. TimeShare

    @Jeff, I am not joking. You are just another person that use stereotypes and made-up statistics to try to degrade other racism of people. I hope welfare is close for you in the future, maybe not, you can commit a white color crime to gain resources.

    June 13, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. English Major

    So if OJ didn't do it, who did and why? It was not a robbery, nothing was taken off either body or from the house. Jealous rage was the motive period. There was never any evidence pointing to anyone else but OJ. Karma came around on that idiot and that is why he is in jail now.

    June 14, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
    • wendy

      Thank you. I feel the exact same way. He got away with murder because he played the race card. True karma will be when he dies and he will have to answer for his sins. Unless he repents he will have a nice hot seat in hell, along with the other dream team members who sold there soul when they knew he was guilty.

      March 21, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  8. broherap

    Your claims of "The O.J. Simson saga was a story so riveting, it was dubbed it the CRIME of the century" is another journalistic lie you've told to throw on top of the pile of others related to this event. It was dubbed by the media as the TRIAL of the CENTURY and there is a GREAT distinction between the two, if it matters to you and it should. Your lackadaisical due diligence caused CNN and other news out lets to fail to do any serious due diligence. Both the DA and so called media dubbed "DREAM TEAM" concealed exculpatory evidence that would have freed Simpson of this continued denigration by showing that his wife Nicole was talking on the phone at 11PM when OJ was entering the backseat of a chauffeur driven limousine on its way to LAX. Johnnie Cochran's inadvertent admission to this conspiracy may have contributed to his early departure. You can see Cochran's statement here http://youtu.be/Bk3Muy_MgJA or read it in a new book out "Pursuit of Exhibit 35 in the OJ Simpson Murder Trial".

    June 14, 2011 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justiceforall

      Your response to the article is amusing. I suppose your use of big words (many used incorrectly, I might add) were meant to make everyone second guess their opinions and see the clarity in your wisdom. If you were truly as intelligent as you are attempting to make yourself sound, you would see the evidence in this case clearly pointed to Simpson. P.S. the site dictionary.com will display the definitions of the words "diligence" and "lackadaisical," so you can use them properly in an argument next time.

      July 10, 2011 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
  9. Che-3

    Leave OJ alone ALL you obsessed RACIST PUNKS. Get over it and move on!

    July 17, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tewrobert

      Your the one who is racist, Your so racist you all let him get away with murder.............
      as long as there is blind people liek you there is going to be racsim. So deal with it cause it aint going away..........

      July 22, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • wendy

      Tell nocoles family that. I have lost a daughter. If you lost a child in that matter could u just get over it. If you could then I hope to God you don't have children.

      March 21, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Tewrobert

    Does the glove fit yet OJ? Was it worth it ?

    July 22, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • wendy

      Hell yeah hope he dies in prison

      March 21, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
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