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. r

    im glad he is not guilty

    June 12, 2011 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Duane W

    The sad thing about all of this was blacks and whites knew he was guilty but one population felt it was prudent to send a message to the rest of the country because they felt persuaded. Think I am lying? I was in a club when the verdict came across in L.A. and some men came up to us and said "you white boys lucked out he was giving a not guilty verdict or you would be laying 6 feet under with that white b****"". So much for the right thing and justice they demanded

    June 12, 2011 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Burt

    The verdict was racial all the way. Johnny Cochran made the statement that if he had at least one black person one the jury, he'd get an acquittal. He played the race card from the get go and he played it like a Vegas card shark. Cochran may have been a sleaze (the Michael Jackson, pay off the kid to keep quiet, deal), but he was no dummy. With the mountain of evidence that they had against Simpson, the racial aspect was the only thing he could present to the jury. He portrayed Simpson as a rich and famous, but innocent, black man that was set up by a racist police force, who hated him because he WAS a rich and famous black man. His arguments obviously successfully touched a nerve with the black members of the jury.

    June 12, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • DreSmall

      Here is the deal...

      a lawyer has the right to make any defense he or she wishes, and you hire that lawyer to do the best job you pay them for. The government pays police to do a duty, and they are required to remain impartial and collect evidence or whatever. If everyone does there job the system should work, and if there was no shadiness on behave of the police he probably would have been convicted. Do i think OJ is guilty... possibly, but really I don't care.

      Everyone has a duty, the police failed... end of story

      June 12, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Riff*Raff

    Please shut up with the intentional race baiting. It's unnecessary and absolutely a d*ck thing to do.

    June 12, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Duane Wa

      I'm black and I agree that most blacks (not all) are very lazy. They really don't want to work and look to the government for a handout. If there was not a handout we as a race would do much better.

      June 12, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jacob

    No doubt. I wonder what the percentage of blacks that are on welfare? Probably well over 50%. Lazy as can be.

    June 12, 2011 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • mw-maryland

      I wonder what the percentage of whites who come on boards and write ignorant rants with no facts? well over 50%.

      June 12, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jerome

      Personally I was thinking more like 75% of blacks are on some kind of government assistance. 50% is being generous.

      June 12, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Facts not opinion

      Okay, I was wondering myself after reading your posts. According to the Center on Budget and Policy: African Americans make up 12% of the population and receive 40% of all food stamp money. 73% of blacks receive food stamps. Over 10 billion dollars a year. I apologize if these facts make you upset.

      June 12, 2011 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pharthammer


      lol, you just got fact-punched right in your uneducated face!

      June 13, 2011 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  6. mark

    heck i'm white and i want to work and yet there is NO JOBS, not even to push carts at the local supermarkets.

    June 12, 2011 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Nertz

    Actually, YOU are a huge part of the problem.

    June 12, 2011 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. vern

    There is just as many LAZY whites as there is blacks but then you have the whites and blacks who want to work but cant find it. It is a catch 22 for most.

    June 12, 2011 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Obozo

      Blacks looking for a job? LOL!!! Where are they looking, on the street corner?

      June 12, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. silvershado

    “There's something wrong with him," Cochran said. Simpson was a big star, a hero to some, a talented person. But, said Cochran, "I wouldn't believe him if he told me the sun was coming up again tomorrow morning." Washington Post, 2008

    June 12, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. bobster26

    Riot!....Riot!...Everyone get your guns!

    June 12, 2011 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. vrim

    Mark Furman and his partners played the "race card." If you have racist tendencies and then I draw attention to it and use it against you, don't accuse ME of playing the race card when that card belongs to YOU!

    June 12, 2011 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. dvz

    He's doing serious time now. Quite ironic...threaten someone with a gun and do 10 years, but murder two people and walk free.

    June 12, 2011 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jim

    OJ found guilty would just be another reason for blacks to riot. Power outage? Blacks riot. Hurricane or flood? Blacks riot. Too hot this summer? Blacks riot. Any excuse any chance. Say what you will, but the chip some carry on their shoulders does not even belong to them. MANY blacks and black leaders suffered horribly to get black kids into white schools, and look at the dropout rate for blacks now. MLK must be turning over in his grave. You can only be held down if you WANT to be held down. A excuse, nothing more.

    June 12, 2011 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Obuckwheat

    I agree. It's my fault, because I work and pay my taxes so that others can do nothing. I think we should all stop working and let the democrats bankrupt our country and take care of us. Because that's exactly where were headed if we don't do something about this absurd welfare country we live in.

    June 12, 2011 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sourpuss

      teabaggin' ckuker? Now isn't that an oxymoron? I'll wait while you go look that up.

      June 12, 2011 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • boohoo

      Nice racist header "obuckwheat". now stfu and get back in your patrol car.

      June 13, 2011 at 6:00 am | Report abuse |
    • cman

      How do you know he's racist? He might just like buckwheat pancakes.

      June 13, 2011 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Cry About It Boohoo

      Oh yeah. Throw that racism card out as hard as you can. I bet you got that guy good and REALLY hurt his internet feelings.

      You know why racism is still a problem? Because of people like you who continuously toss out the card. I don't think about race until some moron throws that card out. You know what that card is? It's racism in itself. Usually the people that throw it out are racists themselves who WANT to be offended for the sole purpose of getting attention and having something to complain about.

      Well, you certainly got your wanted attention, racist.

      June 13, 2011 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Justice

      I can care less about what happend to OJ. Actually he still went back to old ASS looking white women whos veins you can see through their skin and smell in the sun.

      June 13, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  15. quentin

    Too many people on here spouting racist things with NO proof whatsoever! How many blacks are on welfare or whites is not what the story is about. The fact that the LAPD messed up the evidence is what the trial was about. There was reasonable doubt that the evidence was not planted. When you take the evidence home with you overnight, it becomes tainted. Mark Furhman was a racist and even his fellow white officers knew he used the N word all the time. His author of his book had tapes with him using the N word all the time, and it was easy to see that the jury felt that Johnnie Cochran proved that enough doubt existed about certain pieces of evidence to acquit OJ. He was not a frequent visitor of any black establishment, but the community still embraced him as a punishment of all the other black men wrongly convicted by all white juries. Sometimes you win, sometimes you don't.

    June 12, 2011 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
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