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1994: Gruesome Murders for which O. J. Simpson was Charged

1994: Gruesome Murders for which O. J. Simpson was Charged
Photo Credit To Wikipedia Commons/ O. J. Simpson in 1990

Story Highlights

  • Historical event:
  • 12 June 1994
  • His wife Nicole was murdered with multiple stabbings to the head and neck, and sustained defensive wounds on her hands. The wound on her neck was so large that her larynx was visible. The young waiter, Ronald Goldman, was killed in the driveway and was also stabbed with a sharp object.

On this day the murders that led to the most famous legal process in American history took place. 

Nicole Brown Simpson, 35-year-old former wife of famous athlete O. J. Simpson (O. J. stands for Orenthal James) was killed. Apart from her, a 25-year-old waiter, Ronald Goldman, who might have been her lover, was also murdered. They were both killed at her home, at 875 South Bundy Drive in Los Angeles. O. J. Simpson, American football star, also known for his acting career (Naked Gun, The Towering Inferno), was blamed for the murders. Nicole was murdered with multiple stabbings in the head and neck, and sustained defensive wounds on her hands.

The wound on her neck was so large that her larynx was visible. The young waiter, Ronald Goldman, was killed in the driveway and was also stabbed with a sharp object. It is interesting that Nicole was white with blond hair, while O. J. Simpson is black. The murdered waiter, however, was a Jew. O. J. Simpson was arrested and brought to court.

This trial attracted so much public attention that it was closely monitored on television and radio by 100 million Americans. American companies reportedly lost 40 billion dollars just because of the reduced productivity of employees who followed the trial.

The final verdict was made after more than 8 months of proceedings. Almost the entire United States stopped to listen to the verdict (turnover on the New York Stock Exchange fell by 41%, and telephone calls by 58%). O. J. Simpson was acquitted. To this day, it remains a mystery if he really was innocent or not.

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