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. Jesus Is Lord

    You need to know the Lord Jesus Christ. Only He can save you. Peace.

    June 12, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Satan

      @Jesus: Hey Jeezy.. I was poking fun at the devil, but since we're here.. Why is stoning a child promoted, but not cheating wives? That so you have more cheating wives to plunder?

      June 12, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • George

      Are you saying that OJ killed Ron because he was a Jew? Or are you saying that OJ can get out of jail? Thats the only saving that he wants right now. Does Jesus love everyone? Does Jesus love Satan? If not, then why not?

      June 12, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jim

    Too bad someone didn't lynch his a ss.

    June 12, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bukoo

    What is the point of bringing up and revisiting such a painful ugly thing like a double murder??? Nicole's family and the Goldman family will never fully heal from the situation, so I ask myself why does CNN have to bring this up over and over again? it seems to me that the only purpose it serves, is to open wounds that can never fully heal. I don't think anyone who has suffered such devastation in their life would want to continue reading and revisiting it over and over again. LET IT GO CNN...FOREVER PLEASE! IT'S OVER...LET THE FAMILIES TRY TO HEAL AND HAVE SOME SENSE OF PEACE!

    June 12, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Sigh

    It blows my mind how much most of these posts suck (mine too, but its because my mind is blown).

    June 12, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. stevie68a

    Ron Goldman was killed because he went to Nicole's house to bring sunglasses she had left at the restaurant. I wondered
    back then, did Nicole flirt with Ron, and left her sunglasses on purpose, knowing he would be the one coming to her house?
    Was she a very loose woman? This is the kind of behavior that would send someone like OJ into a rage.

    June 12, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ken Long

    This was a racially nullified jury that heard the "n" word and could care less whether OJ was guilty or innocent. There have been people executed with less evidence than the State of CA had against OJ. As a prosecutor of 9 years, I wonder if Blacks are even capable of serving on juries where the accused is likewise African American. Curiously absent from any of these posts are 1. OJ confessed afterward, 2. OJ is now serving a 9 year sentence for armed robbery, 3. None of the jurors have any regrets–two Whites had their throats slashed; that's OK sista, we'll stick it to the man. Two words: Bell curve!

    June 12, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • kelster

      Wow as an attorney myself – I certainly hope you are no longer a practicing attorney especially a prosecutor. As you should know – unless you sat through the entire trial as those jurors did your "opinions" on that trial and verdict are meaningless.

      June 12, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. kelster

    It will be interesting to find out after OJ dies (since autopsy is the only way to diagnose) whether he suffered from the same brain injuries that many football players do that cause them to be violent. Studies show in 4 years of college football the average player is hit 900 times helmet to helmet – OJ being the star running back that he was in college and NFL has probably had way more helmet to helmet hits than the average player.

    June 12, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. George

    OJ learned that no matter how much money you spend, or how many people you bring to assist you, in the end, karma wins out.

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

    It was a fair trial and the man got acquitted. Fair and Square.
    As for Nicole Brown and that other dude, they had it comming.

    Wh*ring around like that.

    June 12, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Cbiggy

    Don't be surprised if Casey Anthony, like OJ, goes free. Just because the media is telling you she is guilty does not mean the jury,with the rules and directions they have to follow, will come back with a guilty verdict. You people should quit blaming race for the OJ verdict and put the blame where it really belongs, on the prosecutors and the police. They had an open and shut case until they started tampering with evidence. They took OJ's reference blood sample to both crime scenes before they took it to the lab. They went on his property without a warrent, 4th admendment violation, they planted evidence,bloody glove, magical bloody sock. You people who say it was just about race fail to acknowledge those facts. Also black jurys convict black people all the time.

    June 12, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Andreas Moser

    I learnt a lot about the US criminal justice system by watching that trial.

    June 12, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • beernpizzalover

      It's more like Criminal Ju$tice!

      June 12, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Boss

      "learnt"??!! Hilarious...

      June 16, 2011 at 2:22 am | Report abuse |
  12. Coach Lew

    It's a shame that once an Icon in American Sports turns into such a sad story. I liked O.J. both as a football player and a class "B" film actor. I didn't know much about his wife but I did know she had been pretty popular before they got married. What makes a marraige end as such is beyond comprehension but this kind of thing happens quite often, it's just that it doesn't get media attention as O.J.'s. Maybe it has something to do with legal/illegal/street or whatever drugs, we will never for sure know. It's a sad case of loss of life plus the loss of his integrity that he so much desired.

    June 12, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Al Beritebak

    The only answer to that one is: yes. Aren't you really talking about the same thing?

    June 12, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. William Marlowe

    Where is he now?

    June 12, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  15. jim

    Hey I don't like dry cornbread either!

    June 12, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
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