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. bobby

    OJ is a real American hero. Black superman. OJ did the imposable killed two white people and got away with it.

    June 12, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jazzzzzz

    Ooops I meant Flacid Caulk. Good post Flacid.

    June 12, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. TimeShare

    Jesus is monkey too

    June 12, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jim

    @kelster, yeah the increase in violence couldn't have anything at all to do with the overwhelming use of steroids, and other drugs, among football players could it.

    June 12, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bobby frank

    Is this when the News started getting on our nerves by talking excessively about someone we don't really want to hear about anymore?

    June 12, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Notgruntled

      It's when people started complaining about the endless coverage but kept watching anyway. The peak of the absurdity was also the peak of the ratings. It was very fashionable to complain about all OJ all the time, but all the people clamoring for more coverage of Bosnia seemed to have something else to do when those stories actually aired.

      June 12, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  6. €Engleberthumperdink¥£

    OJ is a hore and guilty as sin. The dead bodies slaughtered indicated a crime of passion.

    June 12, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. 2Cents

    How OJ was found not guilty?(In that case). Who else was there to suspect? OJ's mama?....

    June 12, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • OJdidit

      Man, the Jury was so horrible to see a quality person the dude confessed. I'm sorry but that court system sucks.

      June 12, 2011 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • OJdidit


      June 12, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. louis

    This world is what we made it as a people....

    June 12, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  9. tony

    this saga is hardly over. The Kardashians continue to poison our air waves...

    June 12, 2011 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. What is this about?

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    June 12, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • OJdidit

      Man bump Muhammad. I would like to interview him question his religion's creditably and what good he wanted to bring.

      June 12, 2011 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jen

    Wait, why it this on 17 years later? I'm confused. Is this the History Channel?

    June 12, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  12. earth2loons

    I loved OJ. And when he was in his Bronco on LA freeways, I was actually pulling for him to get away. But it then became painfully evident that he did it. I just understand how to make any sense out of the racial division. How and why can so many black Americans support that verdict? He murdered them the system failed to convict him. Somebody please explain to me why so many blacks celebrate that failure. I just don't get it. Is it due to the fact that blacks know he killed them, but they are so frustrated with the injustice they have endured for centuries, that it is cause for celebration when a black man beats the system. I am not trying to offend anyone, but I honestly don't get it. The guy is a murderer. How can you cheer about that?

    June 12, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      Bcuz many blacks believe O.J. did not do it. I have never heard of O.J. getting professional training in hurting anyone and whoever murdered the pair were done by experts. Y would O.J. do it anyway? O.J. could have had any woman so y would he ruin his life over one woman? Plus, I think if he had done it he would have been convicted as high profile attorneys handled the case. Moreover, the glove did not fit so they had "to acquit" or declare free of blame or guilt.

      June 12, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Barry

    You can't even spell Simpson right. Look at the first sentence, "Simson?" Who edits this stuff! Apparently, know one.

    June 12, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Grammar Nazi

      "apparently KNOW one."

      I am just pointing that out.

      July 6, 2011 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
  14. ¤•¤

    Why is it that people with names like "Voice of Reason" and "Just the Facts" post the stupidest things?

    And the reason CNN is bringing it up is because it happened 17 years ago TODAY.

    June 12, 2011 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jimbo

    OJ has left a real legacy. Beat a double murder rap only to get put away for armed robbery. He is a real icon of virtue for the black community. In reality, he has done more harm than good.

    June 12, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Voodoogal11

      I am African American and I knew Simpson murdered those people. The stupid public backed him because he was the O.J. Simpson and obese middle aged Black females backed him because outwardly he was a nice young man-not knowing that this Black men despised fat Black women or any Black woman.

      June 12, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
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