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. theref

    Funny how he goes to jail for robbery, kidnapping, coercion, and conspiracy in regards to "sports memorabilia" but gets off on killing Nicole and Ron. Wonder how his relentless pursuit to find the "real killer" is going now that he's in the pen.

    June 12, 2011 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. gary

    That trial was a White Supremacists wet dream! The only good guy was Mark Fuhrman, oh well that's America!

    June 12, 2011 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. thesabarra

    the world has serious situations going on and USA needs a major " redirection"
    Why publicize a horrible murder that is solved and past history,over, old news--when all our attention should and efforts should be concetrated on resolving our present?-

    June 12, 2011 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Miles

      I could not agree with you more. This ship has sailed and OJ does not need any more attention. He is in PRISON. Really CNN? This is the best you can do?

      June 12, 2011 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • w.s.

      Could not agree more.

      June 12, 2011 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Fran

    The State's case against OJ was WEAK. The prosecution "team" was lazy, ill-prepared and way over its head & they were mostly white. Prior to the trial, there was a mock jury that included lots of black females who viewed footage on Marcia Clark. They absolutely HATED her (justifiably), but the Dist Attorney, a white man- ignored this valuable info and put her on the OJ case anyway and populated the jury with angry black women. Clark hated being an attorney-because it meant she'd have to work, as is evidenced by what she'd doing now. ~~~ The folks who should actually be in jail are the cops that went to the Simpson home when Nicole called and wouldn't arrest OJ; her raggedy-assed "friends", other white women- who advised her to stay with him forever to ensure that she'd get lots of money to lead a non-productive, drug/alcohol induced existence; her family-more white people, who took money and looked the other way (Lou Brown was the worse! What kind of man was he?)

    June 12, 2011 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • gessoart

      Your thoughts unintentionally (I am guessing) highlight why our justice system broke down: all your observations focus on everything but the evidence. That should always be the only important factor.

      June 12, 2011 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Riff*Raff

      Wow, you have it all figured out! BTW- That trial did no favors for Marcia Clark. It practically drove her and Chris Darden insane. Clark lost her kids, her marriage, became an alcoholic and had a nervous breakdown. She even had plastic surgery in an attempt to alter her appearance somewhat for further anonymity. Chris Darden moved far away and if Im remembering correctly , relinquished his legal career. He became disgusted by the entire judicial process and walked away. Glad to know it was just because she was a lazy white woman who didn't want to work for a living. But how does your argument hold water for Darden? Isn't he a black man? WTH judges a case because you don't like the color/gender of the prosecutor anyway? But it's the ignorant white DA's fault for not listening to angry black women. Thanks for clearing up that 17 year mystery.

      June 14, 2011 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
  5. lesinsd

    The only reason O.J. got off was that no matter what the evidance ,that jury was going to let him go.It was one wrong legal desicion based on racism for blacks and how many in this countrys history for whites.let us not forget right or wrong ,if you kick a dog long enough it will eventually bite you back.it was as plain as day for Latinos watching from the sidelines.This was not are fight .Or was it?????/

    June 12, 2011 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. w.s.

    Karma is a good word here. Its what caught up to OJ eventually. Whether he deserved the sentence he got put in prison for or not I think he was destined to finally pay the piper. RIP Nicole and Ron.

    June 12, 2011 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. cc

    I was gald when oj got off, because so many white kkk's got away with killing blacks for years, and how many black men and boys were killed because of a lie some white woman told, emmit till is a good example of the america system and it's history against blacks, i felt that day they said not guilty, was a payback for all the the blacks that died just for being black, and this country is no better to day the kkk just changed their robes for suits in black ties. go back to africa you say, why should i my ancetors brought this country with their blood sweat and tears so i'm more of america than most whites,this country was builted on the backs of blacks, this country show their racism when we got a black president,

    June 12, 2011 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • displacedmic

      wow, what an utterly idiotic stance. grow up

      June 12, 2011 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Big Game James

    All of you are still mad about that "Farkle Narkle" bullsh!t. OJ verdict had white people making up new curse words! You old school Damon Wayans fans know what I'm talking about. I miss Johnny Cochran. Most people don't know he helped many white litigants win civil cases against big companies and some against individuals who had committed some violent acts on his clients. Remember when he used to make Nancy Grace look stupid on CNN? But ultimately the prosecution performed poorly, Judge Ito was not prepared for the media circus and the LAPD had too many devils to be trusted. Black people weren't celebrating OJ being found not guilty they celebrated because a black man beat the system that had been beating us (figuratively and literally) for long, long time.

    June 12, 2011 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ajaj

    Not bad for a guy who sliced up two people and left his own blood splattered all over the crime scene, his Ford Bronco and at his residence.

    June 12, 2011 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. remagraphique

    are you really doing this story? REALLY? i guess people still give a f***?!?

    June 12, 2011 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Yo Yo...

    This article appears here because the persecution of OJ Simpson will never end

    June 12, 2011 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Sunshine Girl *

    I still think OJ is guilty of killing Nichole. If it wasnt for the incompetence of a few bad cops and the media turning that whole trial into one big circus he might be on a life/death sentence right now. No. Instead he gets 15 yrs for stealing some sports me orbilia. Wow. Thats really justice served. I cant believe what Americas justice system is coming to. Not about black/white at all. About murder. Period. If that makes me a racist for thinking like that so be it. Justice wasnt served in my opinion. Sad.

    June 12, 2011 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  13. walter kawalski

    Whatever.
    He is in a hole in FLA now.
    Probly die there.
    In the end, justice prevails.

    June 12, 2011 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
  14. gwats

    It took enough time, but OJ is where he needs to be .... in the hole.

    June 12, 2011 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
  15. James Andrews

    Jesus Christ, get a spell checker!

    June 12, 2011 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
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