Twenty-three years ago 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.
After serving more than eight years of a 33-year sentence stemming from a 2007 armed robbery in Las Vegas, Simpson was granted parole by a unanimous vote of the Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners on July 20 and is eligible to walk out the gates of Lovelock Correctional Facility by Oct. 1 of this year Simpson had been found not guilty of the murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman in 1995, and the attention surrounding this parole hearing echoed the frenzy that surrounded that mid-‘90s cultural touchstone.
Here are some of the memorable moments and images of the O.J. Simpson saga, which began June 12, 1994.
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