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The Dark Controversial Life of OJ Simpson

The Dark Controversial Life of OJ Simpson

Many refer to OJ Simpson as a monster for the death of his best friend Ron Goldman and ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson.

His involvement in the infamous ‘Trial of the Century’ and the dramatic police chase that ensued brought his tumultuous life to the forefront of global attention.

His trial — and shocking acquittal — by a majority black jury captivated America, drawing one of the biggest audiences in TV history. It reportedly made Simpson, after Princess Diana, the most famous person in the world. 

He was later found liable for their deaths in a civil trial brought by the victims’ families and ordered to pay $33.5 million in damages, although he hardly stumped up any of it.

In what became one of the most celebrated criminal trials in American history, Simpson was acquitted in 1995, though his career and reputation never recovered.

His family announced that the former American football star, actor and jailbird had died, aged 76, of cancer on Wednesday,’surrounded by his children and grandchildren’ at his home in Las Vegas.

The Dark Life of OJ Simpson

On June 12, 1994, the brutal murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman shook Los Angeles to its core. OJ Simpson swiftly became the prime suspect, sparking a nationwide manhunt that culminated in a televised low-speed pursuit, captivating an estimated 95 million viewers.

His subsequent arrest and murder charges further fueled the media frenzy.

Simpson’s trial commenced on January 24, 1995, under intense public scrutiny. Prosecutors highlighted instances of domestic violence preceding and following the Simpsons’ divorce in 1992.

Simpson’s defense, led by Johnnie Cochran, alleged mishandling and tampering of evidence by the Los Angeles police, with a bloody glove famously becoming a focal point. Cochran’s assertion, “If the glove don’t fit, you must acquit,” echoed through the courtroom.

After more than eight months of trial, the case went to the jury on October 2, 1995, resulting in Simpson’s acquittal. The verdict sharply divided public opinion along racial lines, with whites largely dismayed and African Americans largely supportive.

In a subsequent civil trial in 1997, Simpson was found liable for the deaths and ordered to pay damages to the victims’ families. His controversial book collaboration, “If I Did It,” further fueled public outrage, ultimately released by the Goldman family.

Las Vegas Robbery

In 2007, Simpson’s life took another dark turn when he was arrested for his involvement in a Las Vegas hotel room robbery.

Convicted of armed robbery and kidnapping in 2008, he faced a minimum of nine years in prison. Paroled in 2017, Simpson’s legal entanglements continued to shadow his life until his passing.

OJ Simpson’s legacy remains one of profound controversy, characterized by legal battles, public scrutiny, and stark racial divides. His life serves as a cautionary tale of fame, privilege, and the perils of the justice system.



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