Unless you’ve been living under a rock, chances are you’ve heard about the brutal murder of Nicole Brown Simpson. You know, that infamous O.J. Simpson case.
But in case you needed a refresher:
On June 12, 1994, sometime before midnight, Nicole Brown Simpson, 34, and Ronald Lyle Goldman, 26, were killed, dead from multiple stab wounds. They were found the following morning outside of Brown Simpson’s Brentwood condominium. The first suspect was ex-husband O.J. Simpson, who had flown to Chicago hours earlier. After receiving a phone call of the news, he took a flight back to L.A., where police met him at his house and he was handcuffed. He was questioned by the LAPD for three hours before being released. On June 17th, 1994, Simpson was charged with two counts of murder with special circumstances. He didn’t surrender and was considered a fugitive. A suicide note later was found shortly before Simpson was seen riding friend Al Cowlings’ white Ford Bronco. Cowlings was driving and they led police on a 60-mile slow speed chase. They end up at Simpson’s Brentwood mansion, where Simpson finally surrenders to police.
On June 22nd, 1994, Simpson pleads not guilty. In 1995, his criminal trial begins, ending in a not guilty verdict. Years of other trials occur, eventually landing O.J. in jail in 2008. On October 1st, 2017 O.J. was released from prison.
June 12th, 2018 marks the 24th anniversary of the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson. Here are five chilling facts about her murder:
1. Her two young children were sleeping inside.
Brown Simpson’s two young children were asleep inside the condo while their mother was stabbed to death on the home’s front steps, possibly by their own father. She was found crumpled up, laying on her side. A neighbor who stood nearby while the sheet used to cover Brown Simpson’s body was removed said she saw “lots of blood” on the bodies and abrasions on the side of Brown Simpson’s face.
2. Brown Simpson was believed to be walking her dog at the time the attack occurred.
Neighbors said that they had seen Brown Simpson walking her dog, Kato, during previous weeks and some heard “nonstop barking” shortly before midnight (when the murders would have occurred) that fatal Sunday evening. Brown Simpson’s neighbor said a passerby found a dog with a leash wandering around that Monday morning and everyone recognized it as Brown Simpson’s dog.
3. There’s a video of O.J. literally confessing to the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman.
During a lost interview with Fox in 2006, Simpson gives a “hypothetical description” of the night Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson were murdered. What’s chilling, though, is that he repeatedly speaks in the first person, providing details only the real killer would know.
In his description of that June 12th night, he claims he blacked out during the murders, and when he came to, he was covered in blood and that he had “never seen so much blood” in his entire life.
4. Simpson and Brown Simpson divorced several years before her death after he pleaded no contest to a spousal battery charge.
Filed in 1989, it said he allegedly hit her, kicked her, and told her, “I’ll kill you.” It turns out, he may have made due on his word.
5. There was blood in O.J. Simpson’s car, on his gloves, clothes, as well as all the way leading up to his front steps.
And despite this evidence, he still was considered “not guilty.” One of the most iconic moments of the case was when he was asked to try on the gloves that were connected to the deaths of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman. They appeared to be too small, which the defense used as proof that O.J. was not the killer.