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. oj did it!

    justice system sucks

    June 12, 2011 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • krusty

      yeah,oj sucks allright...sucks young boys in the shower.......

      June 13, 2011 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
  2. Franky

    I don't think it was divided on racial lines, I think that's how the media portrayed it. More over I don't really think that "blacks" really cared whether OJ was guilty or not, it was more a matter of, in your face, for years "blacks" have been railroaded by a broken legal system where wealth, power, and being "white" has always been a plus. Now, "whites" had a taste of that, and perhaps they would now see the legal system for what it was.

    June 12, 2011 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike Sk

      Well said Franky.

      June 13, 2011 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
    • douglas

      I asked my 60 yr old black neighbor about this last year. I told her my theory that black people weren't happy at the verdict because they thought he was innocent, but that they knew he was guilty but finally a black person had gotten off for killing a white person after decades of the opposite. She said..."that is definitely what we thought".

      June 13, 2011 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
  3. frank perkins

    Only people with the mental ability and ignorance to have voted for George W. Bush thanks this man was guilty. If you desire the truth as to who really killed those two people,...ask the son Jason, or the FBI, they would never bypass a great dramatical investigation as the O. J. case. No this case is not over,..there was, and is a major miscarriage of justice including his current situation.

    June 13, 2011 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
  4. Abudum

    This story is stupid. OJ Simpson was found innocent by a jury of his peers, which makes him no different than any other citizen of America.

    June 13, 2011 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
    • A Random American

      You have a lot to learn about how the legal system actually works.
      He who has the most money wins, in 99 out of 100 cases.
      This is not a judgment, but a reality.

      June 13, 2011 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
  5. TimeShare

    Is welfare just for black people?

    June 13, 2011 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      40% of all money distributed goes to black people, while blacks only make up 12% of the population. 73% of blacks are on Food Stamps, draining our economy because they don't want to work.

      June 13, 2011 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
  6. TimeShare

    @jeff, where did you get your statistics? The other 60% of money distributed is not a drain on the economy?

    June 13, 2011 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Yes the other 60% is a drain, however 40% from a group that only consists of 12% of the population is outrageous, costing over 10 billion dollars a year. No wonder 95% of blacks voted for Onightmare. You couldn't get 95% of another race to agree on what to have for breakfast. Don't take my word for it go to the USDA website or many other sources.

      June 13, 2011 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
  7. Big Game James

    @Jeff There are more whites on welfare than anybody! And I suppose there are no billion dollar companies draining the economy. Nobody buys cars and houses they can't afford. Nobody gets into mortgages they can't pay. It's all the blacks fault, right? Get the fvck outta here! And this was about OJ!! Insecure much?

    June 13, 2011 at 12:41 am | Report abuse |
  8. Cbiggy

    You people should be glad that OJ got off, otherwise the police could lie, plant evidence, and incompetently frame anyone for any reason. OJ wasn't a hero in the black community no one gave a flying flip about OJ. The police lied about the reason for going on OJ's property, "We thought he may have been in danger.." yeah right. They tampered with evidence, the magical bloody sock, the bloody glove, they showed a willingness to lie under oath, Mark Furman. The really silly thing they did was to take his blood sample, that they took when he came back from Chicago, to both crime scenes before taking it to the lab. If they didn't plant the blood evidence they sure made it look as if they could have and would have.

    June 13, 2011 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
  9. CF

    Bahrain has imprisoned some of its football players. Maybe we could work out a prisoner exchange.

    June 13, 2011 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
  10. edvhou812

    I think I still had pimples when this was news.

    June 13, 2011 at 12:51 am | Report abuse |
  11. TimeShare

    @jeff, who do you think is smarter Obama or George lush Jr. ? Which one is more rational? Which depend on an image person/super hero(Jesus) to make decisions?

    June 13, 2011 at 12:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Take your lips off the crack pipe. George Lush Jr? Jesus? Superhero? Image person? Well I think I'm done talking to you. WOW!!!

      June 13, 2011 at 1:19 am | Report abuse |
  12. OJ's an idiot

    Watch more OJ crap? Are you kidding? I didn't waste my time on that farce of a trial the first time. there was no way that jury was going to convict a black man for killing his blond white btch!

    June 13, 2011 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
  13. adam

    It's nice to know that murderer is behind bars for good.

    June 13, 2011 at 1:16 am | Report abuse |
  14. JKM

    The police framed a guilty man. So who is more guilty and which is the worst crime? That debate is the OJ murder legacy.

    June 13, 2011 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
  15. thesabarra

    can't do anything about what OJ did or happened to him–why get all rattled now? can't change anything bush did during his term–why kick him? or anyone that their time is done and over.
    BUT sure can do something about what our government is doing !!!!! And what Obamba is doing !!!!!
    Take a good look at our USA country (and the world) That's what happening now !!! Now that's something for us to do something about !!!
    Use your words,engery and action for future perserving of America and what our forefathers fought to give us.
    Stand up for the USA consitution, our rights as citizens, our freedom , keeping our country powerful ,our money strong, our leaders doing for US- not themselves and our citizens safe and fed, putting our politicans and government under control, we the people should be governing the our government–NOT the government rulig us !--NOW that's something to get "hot" about. Work on that for awhile.
    What being nasty,one side or the other about OJ going to do for our present and future now ???
    Our country is headed for disaster on all levels if we don't pay attention to what we can do to reverse the rapidly downhill of woes for most all our citizens–be what ever their color- I am more concerned about now and the future country for my children, grandchildren and all future generations.
    I want to know and do something about now--not OJ,Speck.Jack the ripper,Gacy, etc.--that's done, fright or wrong.
    What was is–WAS Let's talk about action to correct NOW. Tell me what YOU are doing for our country' preservation-

    June 13, 2011 at 1:32 am | Report abuse |
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