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OJ Simpson (part 1)

March 30, 2018

Tabloïds now refer to him as the most hated man in America. 

 

Chapter One: The Juice

The career of Orenthal James Simpson took off thanks to football. In spite of being one of the best players of his town, he couldn’t apply to his state colleges because of his far-from-perfect academic results. He entered the local community college where he played as running back. He was quickly spotted by the NFL to play in the Buffalo Bills team where he signed the most lucrative contracts for the time as a rookie.

He was one of the best runners in 1972, hence he became the following year best player of the season, by running more than 2,000 yards. Back in the day he was nicknamed The Juice given his initials (they were the same as orange juice) but he was moreover endowed with this “juice” that made him one of the best players of the NFL.

Concerning his love life, Simpson was married then divorced to Marguerite Whitley, with whom he had three children. Few months after the divorce, their youngest daughter drowned in their home swimming-pool before she even turned two. This episode would leave Simpson convinced that this first marriage was a failure and he refused to get engaged again.

Meanwhile he was married to Marguerite Whitley, he got involved with a Los Angeles waitress called Nicole Brown. Surprisingly enough, they got married four years after his daughter’s loss, in 1985. He got two children with her. On the night of January 1st 1989, Nicole called 911 from the Simpson household. When the officer arrived, Nicole hurried to him saying that O.J was going to kill her. The police knew that Nicole was coping with violence from her husband during their marriage. The Police came several times to the household but never did anything. A judicial battle between the two took place. Nicole asked for divorce in mid-February 1992 considering the domestic violences she couldn’t bare any longer.

Chapter Two: The drama

On the night of 12th June 1994, a man walking his dog in Brentwood neighbourhood saw another dog with his paws marred in blood. He took the found dog to his house to clean it, but it was too nervous to stay in place and tried to escape. He led the man to the number 875 of Bundy Avenue, the residence of her owner, Nicole Brown Simpson. A policeman patrolling in the neighbourhood was told to go check on this house. Once there, he found Nicole Brown Simpson’s corpse lying down and bleeding out. A glove tainted in blood was found next to a wall after neighbors reported hearing impacts on it. The policemen on the premises thought of a robbery. But then stains of blood led them to O.J.’s car where the matching glove was found. On the next day, O.J. returned home where a crowd of journalists awaited him. The police officer took him out of the cameras’ sight and handcuffed him. In the meantime, a journalist secretly filmed this scene and disclosed to everyone that O.J. was a suspect.

On 17th June 1994, OJ was at the house of his close friend Robert Kardashian. Robert Shapiro, OJ’ lawyer was writing his defence. Doctors examined the former football player. Several people were present in the house a few hours before OJ’s arrest. As he is accused of murder, his lawyers advised him to surrender to the LAPD at 11 am. Shapiro negotiated  a deadline with the police. The LAPD who had already planned on a press conference had no other choice but to cancel it. Shapiro had to give Robert Kardashian’s address so a police car could come and pick up OJ. Just before the police came, OJ got away with his childhood friend Al Cowlings in his white Ford Bronco.

The prosecutor Gil Garcetti claimed that OJ Simpson was a fugitive and that “anyone who would help Simpson in his run in any way would commit a crime”.  Then, Robert Shapiro who was worried about the worsened relations between his client and the police gave a conference around 5 pm in which he publicly advised OJ to immediately surrender. In the same conference, Robert Kardashian read out loud a found letter of OJ which sounded like a suicide note. Journalists joined the hunt of Simpson.

(to be continued)

 

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