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. RUFFNUTT

    what ever happen to the oj bronco?

    June 12, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Marty in MA

    Did OJ ever find the guy that did it? He's been looking on golf courses for the past 17 years 🙂

    June 12, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • OJ Did It

      GREAT question, marty. What a joke. Now he'll have to bravely continue his search for justice from behind prison walls. HA HA HA HA OJ. You are NOT missed.

      June 12, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Satan

    Crime of century.. Dividing people along racial lines... Just like religion.. Mission accomplished! *pats self on back* Arharhar! The unicorn dies tonight...

    June 12, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. McGuffin

    CNN: breaking news from 17 years ago

    June 12, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. stonedwhitetrash

    OJ WHO????

    June 12, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ron

    What a stain on the judicial system letting this "monster" go free. I am sure having a big majority of blacks on the
    jury had absolutely nothing to do with his acquittal. Does anyone know how much longer he has to spend in
    prison before he's eligable for parole ?

    June 12, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • VoiceOfReason

      ron – why are you compelled to "play the card" so hastily? so you're a really bitter white guy, so what? there are so many of your ilk it's laughable. oj's acquittal was partially aided by a lying white cop, mark fuhrman, whose valuable testimony was tossed out after he lied about using "the N word" (something you probably have no problems with). sucks being you, i bet…

      June 12, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • OJ Did It

      You're right, ron. OJ's a monster–no doubt about it. "What goes around comes around" so there he is in the lovely state of Nevada, killin' time in a jail cell. HA HA HA.

      I feel sorry for the Goldman family & Nicole's family & his 2 grown kids... Must stink to know in your heart of hearts that your loser dad brutally butchered your mom to death.

      As for the pro-OJ trolls on this chat board, just ignore them. I don't care if OJ was black, white, purple or brown, he DID IT and anyone with 13 brain cells in his head knows that OJ DID IT.

      June 12, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Hey voiceofreason, the only race card played in that trial was by blacks. In fact, racism is alive and well in this country – particulary blacks against white. For a mostly balck jury to acquit him, and for blacks in general to celebrate the aquittal of an obvious murder just because he's balck and killed whites is disgusting racism at it's worst.

      June 12, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • VoiceOfReason

      Hey, Scott.... I love you. You love me?

      June 12, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Hey VOR, black, white, red or yellow doesn't matter to me. Of course I love you – if you're a lovable person.

      June 12, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gerry

      So what your saying is having black people on his jury was not ok i mean we have the right to be judged by a jury of our peers so 12 white men or women would have been just as bad. whats really sad is that in the 21 century the color of the jury has such an impact until we as people can see past color we will never have a legal system that is not flawed maybe your right and oj only got off because there were black people on the jury but just imagine over the years how many black people have gone to jail simply because the jury was all white. either way its wrong the jury is not there to push there beliefs listen to both sides and decide is he guilty or not. in this country its not what you know its what you can prove! and thanks to racist people with badges oj went free. remember all it takes is 1 person on a jury so whether it was 6 black on the jury or 1 the oj trial was never about who killen nicole and ron it was about a black man beating the system that was setup to keep him down. if oj would have never played football and if nicole was not white no one would even know about the case or care for that matter. we as people may thing we are not racist but our society still is and our legal system even more so. look at all the innocent people being let out of prisons thanks to DNA. theses are people that were found guilty by a jury of there peers only to be let free decades later because it turns out they were innocent all along. What do we do when the population in prisons is equal to the population out of them

      June 12, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Hey, thanks for sharing all the excuses as to why the jury was racist, as were the millions who cheered the verdict. Btw, I'm sure there have been nearly as many poor whites that have been railroaded in the criminal justice system. It's not about black or white it's about rich or poor. Still, no matter how money OJ had, he never should have been acquitted by any jury.

      June 12, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    OJ is in prison, the same place Casey Anthony will go if not the death penalty.

    June 12, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dennis

      And somehow these two cases are related?..One was aquitted for a double homicide and another will be found guilty for killing a child.One walked free when they were guilty,one will not.

      June 12, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. beernpizzalover

    This was just the start of California courtrooms handing-out 'get out of jail free' passes...

    June 12, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dennis

    And we can see that he has straightened his life out and all is well.Except for the fact that he sits in a prison cell in Nevada because he led such a good,clean life.What a joke!..A travesty of justice took place in Southern Calif.due to racial bias in the African-American community and the threats of rioting and violence..At least the State of Nevada got it right!

    June 12, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. gmony

    umm..ron? karma is funny sometimes..you either payback in full,or smaller payments..either way..he's sitting in jail..even he feels death would be better than this.

    June 12, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • danny

      really...you know that is how he feels?

      June 12, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ron

    @gmony........ I believe I would agree with you. Thanks

    June 12, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  12. bobcat2u

    Sorry, I've seen enough man to last a lifetime. Father -In – Law of Kunta Kinte.

    June 12, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jeffroweld

    I remember a lot of the blacks in the country shouting "We won! We Won! after he was found not guilty and I thought to myself, "won what?" That day did not shine a positive light on the black race or our judicial system.

    June 12, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • VoiceOfReason

      Uh, yeah... If there is such a thing as "shining a light" on an entire rice of people, OK... I guess I could be talked into going along with you on that one. The most remarkable thing, though, is your tone, that seems full of a righteousness, as if white people -if held under the same light of racial scrutiny- could not fill a TOME of "negative light" moments.

      June 12, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • OJ Did It

      Yep. That happened at my job, too. I could NOT believe these ladies were happily cheering after they heard the announcement "not guilty." It was like common sense and the facts got thrown out the window. Who cares what color the guy was? The evidence and facts clearly showed OJ DID IT.

      I do believe in ultimate justice so though he may have escaped a guilty verdict in this life, OJ still will face another Judge who won't be swayed by bloody gloves or racial comments. Sorry, OJ but your time is a-comin'!!

      June 12, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      There you go again VOR. Yes, whites have a long and painful (for blacks) history of racsim. But it's just that, history. It still exists to some degree among white but it is negligible. Balck racism against whites is rampant. The emotion of many whites is resentment, not racism. Resentment that in this day and age so many excuses are still made for unacceptable behavior because of past abuses.

      June 12, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justthefacts

      @OJ Did It The reason that most Blacks cheered with joy, was because for way too long, many Blacks were victims of Racism, in an Extremely Racist America. Many were murdered, tortured, and put in prisons for just being dark skinned. Racism fueled resentment.

      June 12, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • VoiceOfReason

      Scott, there are so many issues I could get into regarding your latest post but -to save time and space- I'll give you my condensed version; wow.

      (Still love you, though...)

      June 12, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Justthefacts

    Many Guilty people have walked free from Murder Cases. Black, White (in the tens of thousands), Puerto Rican, and American Indian. You vote in the people who run the judicial system, and with praise. Then you cry foul, when they don't come with the goods, but yet leave with the check (you tax dollars). The last laughs come from the judges, attorneys, and the guy that walks.

    June 12, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Satan

    I eat sh!t in he ll.

    June 12, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Satan

      There is no He!!... I created the idea so I could guilt people into giving me their souls.. Really God loves his kids so much and hates me so much that he wouldn't give me the pleasure, nor you the pain.. I do like kaka though.

      June 12, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
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