Twenty years ago this week, O.J. Simpson’s ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman, were found dead, stabbed to death in a bloody scene on the front steps of her condo in west Los Angeles. Simpson, a pro football Hall of Famer turned television and movie star, almost immediately was shrouded in suspicion, and thus began one of the most sensational crime stories of the modern age, one that still divides much of the nation.
Every twist and turn of the case seemed as if it could have been scripted by Hollywood, from the slow-speed chase of a white Ford Bronco carrying a reportedly suicidal Simpson down the San Diego Freeway to the moment during his trial when the ex-football star struggled to fit his hands inside bloody gloves allegedly worn by his ex-wife’s killer. “If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit,” Simpson’s lawyer, Johnnie Cochran, later intoned, a line that has lived on in pop culture infamy.
Here are some of the memorable moments and images of the O.J. Simpson saga, which began June 12, 1994.