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. Maude

    Why do you people only wanna deliver punishment to the black folks. OJ was tried and proven "not guilty" and thats that. What happen in Neveda was a mistake and nothing more than that.

    June 12, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Subtle_Difference

      People are NOT "proven" innocent. They are PRESUMED innocent until proven guilty. In our system of justice, we start from an assumption of innocence which has to be overcome by enough evidence/reasoning to convince a jury that the person is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. The verdict is NOT "innocent" rather it is "not guilty" which means that the prosecution has not convinced a jury that the evidence outweighs the assumption of innocence. Thus, with a veridct of not guilty, the presumption of innocence remains intact. You do not have to prove innocence since it is the assumed starting state.

      June 12, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • cornholio

      Yeah!! What Subtle said!!!

      June 12, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. JohnRJohnson

    Do we have to give this double murderer more attention?

    June 12, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. unowhoitsme

    Karma ALWAYS "wins"!

    June 12, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • wendy

      totally agree, hope he rots in hell

      March 21, 2012 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jane

    Well, I knew OJ was guilty then, and he has proven it now. The truth always comes out. Black or white. Doesn't matter. It's all he same. Murder is murder, is murder, is murder. OJ is a murderer. He has shown that over and over. A psychopath. Nutcase. Coo-coo. Glad he is in jail where he belongs. Now, THAT'S justice folks.

    June 12, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. dehcated

    The fact that O.J. was held responsible in civil court for the murders of his wife and friend (despite the aqcuittal in criminal court) confirms his guilt, in my opinion. The preponderance of evidence against him proved he was responsible for their deaths. Race, skin color, and fame should be irrelevant in a criminal trial. In an ideal world, I suppose....

    June 12, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Perryboy

    @ Trolololo: Sounds like a white person to me.

    June 12, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Eugene Nordberg

    I looked into the stars of the case. They say that he was guilty as charged.

    June 12, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bob

    They always say it was the trial of the century. Actually it was the Lindbergh trial before the age of television..

    June 12, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Riff*Raff

    He was acquitted because DNA was a new science, and the jury was confused and bored-some even fell asleep during trial. They didn't give the DNA any validity. Having OJ put on the glove is what got him off. Mark Fuhrmann riling the jury with his wonderful hate speech didn't help. It wasn't a bad prosecution, the evidence was there and they proved their case. It was an ignorance of science and having no desire to believe that a rich ball player who had everything a man could want or need would kill his wife contributed to the verdict. Of course he's guilty, the DNA proved it then as it does now. (he confessed to all of it in his "novel") He had great lawyers. The best trial attorneys that money could buy. Wealth has it's privileges.

    June 12, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, B.A., J.D., S.P.J.

    There were twp pre-trial deals that indicate just how sleazy both the defense and the prosecution were. O.J. did not want it known that it was his son who drove him to Nicole's apartment to kill her, and that he waited while O.J. did it and then gave O.J. a ride home. The Goldmans, who are just as sleazy didn't want it known that Ron Goldman was Gay, had HIV, and that he was at Nicole Brown's apartment that evening delivering Cocaine. O.J. Threatened to have one of his Gangster Buddies kill Kato Kalin if Kato told about his son, so O.J. "catch me if u can" Because O.J's son was never charged, he can still be charged as an accessory to the crime. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle B.A., J.D., S.P.J.

    June 12, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mondo Bizarro

    Robert Blake killed his wife, too. Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka beat his girlfriend to death in a hotel room and he never even went to trial.

    This is Hollywood. If you kill your spouse, you don't go to jail. You pay a fine.

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

    I wonder what black people was thinking when the entire justice system was totally lilly white. The judge, the jury and all the redneck cops on the street? Would someone from down south tell me.

    June 12, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
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    June 12, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mondo Bizarro

    And as for the race issue. It's funny because race really had little to do with it. OJ was a hard core abuser, as his record for their marriage proved time and time again, and finally it got to the level where he killed her rather than let her go.

    Black, white, brown, yellow, red - that's just the abuser pattern. But racism DID get him acquitted. I remember one of the members of the jury actually gave a Black Power salute to OJ on his way out. Classy.

    June 12, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Very true. The acquittal proved racism is a two way street. Case in point:Obama is elected President and obviously many whites voted for him....but if a white person criticizes any of his policies they are automatically labeled a racist. 97% plus of the black community voted for Obama. Do you think they understood his policies or voted for him because he was black?

      June 12, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roger Noe

      What is exactly is a "Black Power" salute and what makes you an expert in defining one?

      June 12, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  15. bts

    How convenient to forget that the cops without a shadow of doubt, framed O.J. . It was proven with their OWN evidence! A video was taken of his bedroom. First there were no bloody socks. A video taken 10 minutes later of the exact room contained the socks with a bloody stain thru and thru. If he was wearing the socks during the attack, there's no way the exact stain shape and stain size be on the left AND right side of the sock. His leg would have been in the way! And the blood samples that prove his DNA was at the crime scene contained the preservative used when collecting blood in the tubes. I honestly DON'T know if he did it or not, but the cops unprofessional behavior tipped my opinion to not guilty. Maybe it did the same for the jurors. There was that element of SHADOW OF DOUBT!!!

    June 12, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • roger

      Yes Van Atter planted some blood and the defense knew exactly which blood must have been planted and had only those samples tested. The trial proved 3 things. Oj commited pre-meditated murder, Van Atter planted blood, and tribalism (ethnic loyalty) is more important than integrity to a racist culture.

      June 12, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
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