Everyone knows the infamous OJ Simpson and the trial that acquitted him of murder. While the court may have voted for his innocence, several others think otherwise. But was OJ skilled with special techniques to have carried out the murder?
Months before Nicole Brown was murdered, Simpson filmed for the role of a Navy Seal. During pre-production, he received a fair amount of military training, which included knife combat skills. The prosecution did not use this information as evidence.
Who is OJ Simpson?
Orenthal James “OJ” Simpson was born on July 9, 1947, in San Francisco, California. His mother was a hospital administrator, while his father worked as a chef and a bank custodian. His father was quite a controversial figure. He was a well-known drag queen who later admitted to being gay. Simpson’s father passed due to AIDS in 1986.
As a child, Simpson developed rickets and had to be in leg braces. He wore them till he was five, and this contributed to his bow-leggedness.
Simpson attended the University of South California (USC) and played for the varsity football team. Their team won the Heisman Trophy in 1968, which launched OJ’s career in the NFL.
He played professionally for 11 seasons and was given the nickname The Juice. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in the 80s. (Source: Film Reference)
Simpson’s Marriage to Nicole Brown
Simpson and Nicole Brown met at the Daisy in 1977 when she was only 18. They began dating even when Simpson was still married to his first wife, Marguerite L. Whitley.
Simpson and Brown got married in 1985. Brown signed a prenuptial agreement and was not allowed to work while she was married.
Dr. Lenore Walker described their marriage to be a textbook example of domestic abuse. Brown would experience several instances of physical and emotional abuse from Simpson but chose to stay silent since she was financially dependent on him.
She eventually came to her senses and filed for divorce in 1992. Of the 62 incidences of abuse, only eight were reported to the authorities.
Even after the divorce, Simpson would stalk and harass her. She felt unsafe and even reported Simpson threatening to kill her if he found her with another man. This incident made her draft a will and sought shelter at Sojourn. (Source: The Washington Post)
The Murder of Nicole Brown
Brown and Simpson attended their daughter’s recital on June 12, 1994. Brown and her family went to celebrate afterward but did not invite Simpson. One of the waiters at the restaurant, Ron Goldman, was close friends with Brown.
After dinner, the family went to Ben and Jerry’s before going home. Brown’s mother called the restaurant about missing glasses. Since Goldman was on his way out, he decided to drop off the glasses.
Neighbors testified noise and barking coming from Brown’s unit. A dog walker found Brown’s Akita going around the area and was covered in blood. The police were notified, and they found Brown’s body lying outside her home. Goldman was found nearby. (Source: People Magazine)