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. TimeShare

    @jeff, Take your mama lips off the crack pipe. Is that proper english?. WOW that

    June 13, 2011 at 1:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      LOL!!!! A yo mama joke. My point is proven, you don't like the truth.

      June 13, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. juicyfruit

    thesabarra

    can't do anything about what OJ did or happened to him–why get all rattled now? can't change anything bush did during his term–why kick him? or anyone that their time is done and over.
    BUT sure can do something about what our government is doing !!!!! And what Obamba is doing !!!!!
    Take a good look at our USA country (and the world) That's what happening now !!! Now that's something for us to do something about !!!
    Use your words,engery and action for future perserving of America and what our forefathers fought to give us.
    Stand up for the USA consitution, our rights as citizens, our freedom , keeping our country powerful ,our money strong, our leaders doing for US- not themselves and our citizens safe and fed, putting our politicans and government under control, we the people should be governing the our government–NOT the government rulig us !–NOW that's something to get "hot" about. Work on that for awhile.
    What being nasty,one side or the other about OJ going to do for our present and future now ???
    Our country is headed for disaster on all levels if we don't pay attention to what we can do to reverse the rapidly downhill of woes for most all our citizens–be what ever their color- I am more concerned about now and the future country for my children, grandchildren and all future generations.
    I want to know and do something about now–not OJ,Speck.Jack the ripper,Gacy, etc.–that's done, fright or wrong.
    What was is–WAS Let's talk about action to correct NOW. Tell me what YOU are doing for our country' preservation-

    June 13, 2011 at 2:07 am | Report abuse |
    • babajiska

      Make shorter comments and people will read your crap juicyfruit.

      June 13, 2011 at 4:01 am | Report abuse |
    • boohoo

      Stupendous Narrative,Hermano!

      June 13, 2011 at 5:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Al Camacho

      I am not a supporter of Obama–or any of his policies. True, the time for this country to step down from stardom status has arrived. Unfortunately, changing presidents, or any other legislative body for that matter, is not going to resolve the issues melting the fiber of what this country once was. This is a severely divided country, make no mistakes about it. We have become a society more concerned with pettiness than with the stability and growth of our nation. The reason for the downfall you speak of, is that no true-leaders have been born in decades. A true leader is an individual interested in preserving the sovereignty of this country at any cost. We don't have that. Sadly, the downfall–of which you also speak of–will not revert itself, and inevitably will spiral our nation into a third-world-country by the end of this century, if not sooner.

      June 13, 2011 at 7:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Bigred

      ....I'm sorry, I completely lost track of the point of your post. Maybe it was the completely unreadable try at writing you ventured to attempt.

      June 13, 2011 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Russ

      OJ, Bush, and everything else that happened is history. People are interested in history. It has lessons to teach us. At the same time, we must be concerned about the future and ever trying to make this a better country for everyone. Those who say it's going down do no know history. Today, we have a better, more equal, more just society than ever before. We also have a country in which less people are living in really bad conditions than we did in those times when you think it was so great. I was born in 1949 and remember how many black people lived in the south. It was a disgrace. Bobby Kennedy went to Lousiana and was shocked. I was too when some friends and I went to N. Carolina in 1969. Today, we have a social safety net that helps the poor, the old, the sick, the homeless, and those who have lost their homes by natural disaster. The country is better than it ever was and is getting better. What you fear is that the Chinese will take away our jobs and we will lose our number one ranking. Don't be so fearful. We have the largest economy in the world by far. China is growing, based on a cheap currency. Once their currency is valued higher, they will lose jobs and some will come back here. There is pressure from all developed countries for that to happen. Secondly, the Chinese work for a few dollars a day. That provides us with all kinds of things that we couldn't afford before, from gas barbecue grills to Apple iPads. What we are good at, and have to make here, are expensive high tech equipment, heavy equipment, medical equipment, and new technology. Think about it. The Chinese have not invented anything. They have no creativity. It has been educated out of them. Instead, they are trained to do math and science, not to innovate. Americans, Canadians, and Europeans are the innovators and the creative people. That is why Asians want to come here to be educated. They know we make creative people and entrepreneurs. Our country produces more world class artists artists nobel prize winners than any other country in the world. I could go on and on, but we are not in danger of losing our place in the world. We will continue to be the number one country for innovation. We will also be the place people want to live more than any other. That's because there is such a difference between us and them. If you fear for your personal financial health, get educated in something that will be useful in the future.

      June 13, 2011 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
    • carla

      simplest answer to your long unrelated question............it's the anniversary...read the whole article before spewing a whole lot of crap.

      June 13, 2011 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  3. The Selfish Gene ...Simmons

    And to think Kim Kardashian's father was part of letting this murderer go free.... eww, just creepy when you think about it, some odd connection to her fame and why she's even around really.

    June 13, 2011 at 3:37 am | Report abuse |
    • boohoo

      Kim doesn't need six degrees to be creepy..

      June 13, 2011 at 5:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Robberta

      I believe that Mr. Kardashian regretted his role in the o.j. case after it was over. Not that it makes his family more acceptable.

      June 13, 2011 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
  4. Julene Allen-Dell'Amor

    relevant argument http://julene.womenforaction.org/2011/06/if-obama-told-truth-reply-to-comment.html

    June 13, 2011 at 3:46 am | Report abuse |
  5. blanketjackson

    he am dilty

    June 13, 2011 at 5:00 am | Report abuse |
  6. Truth

    Killer

    June 13, 2011 at 5:18 am | Report abuse |
  7. bubbahu?

    who cares

    June 13, 2011 at 6:13 am | Report abuse |
  8. Democratic Plantation Dweller

    Obama is doing a wonderful job.
    Just look what he has done for the unemployed, the housing crisis, ending the war, the stock market, the list goes on....

    June 13, 2011 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |
    • cman

      Are you nuts? Unemployment is still as high as it has ever been and troops are still on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan – Not to mention 14 Trillion in debt. You are an idiot and folks like you keep on voting for the idiots

      June 13, 2011 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
    • john

      nice name- why not just call yourself racist pig?

      June 13, 2011 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Christ Jesus is Your Lord

      cman, do you not understand sarcasm? Please do not comment if you're unable to make simple common sense judgment.

      john, DPD would be the proper abbreviation. PIG is "Participation In Government."

      June 13, 2011 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  9. cjt4010

    At the time this was happening, all I could think about was the irony that the black community rallied around OJ like he was a hero and "one of their own," yet the ironic part was that OJ hadn't been black in 20 years! Married a white woman, lived in an upscale white neighbourhood, socialized with white people and played golf on courses where there were very few blacks.

    I still feel bad for the Goldman and Brown families and what they've had to endure. OJ never intended to "look for the true killer" and immediately spent his days on the (white) golf courses just like he did before he commited murder. Karma is a !@#$, however, and look at where the murderer is now!

    June 13, 2011 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
  10. steve

    so what if a person is a bigot or a racist?
    don't deal with them.
    they do have a right in this country to be anything they want to be as long as no one is physically harmed.
    get over it

    June 13, 2011 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
  11. mrd21999

    A blast from the past. I'm one of those people that still believe justice will be done – I'll bet I was the only one that was truly amazed when he was found "not guilty."

    June 13, 2011 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  12. MajMattMason

    Guilty! The End.

    June 13, 2011 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  13. jeff m.

    guilty

    June 13, 2011 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  14. jane ronca

    2nd trial showing OJ in " Bruno Mali" shoes he denied owning proves him guilty. But 1st trial while glove DID fit, no way he could've gotten their blood on 3 sides of the sock if his foot was in it. outside, inside, inside. Leave a doubt cops framed guilty man. It's good his arrogance finally put him away. Cops DO frame. Cops FRAMED Kevin Cooper on death row, even the survivor says it wasn't him.

    June 13, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  15. Sherry O. Typico

    You were framed M.J. We are behind you all the way. And we miss you OJ! Rest in Peace.

    June 13, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
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