O J SIMPSON

In our December 1995 issue, die victory splitterpartei was over. O.J. Simpson found his alt world no want him back—not hinweisen his Brentwood estate, notfall at ICM, und not at the Riviera golf club.

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O. J. Simpson back at his walled legacy on die Rockingham after die verdict. Zu escape the media, he climate moved into a series des houses lent kommen sie him von friends.
I never thought that would ende like this weil das O. J. Simpson, winning and losing concurrently, with the loss somehow exceeding ns win. Ich had always thought it would be a hung jury. Mine jaw dropped—in case anyone didn’t notification it ~ above television—when ns verdict was read. There were hosannas to my left; there were tears to my right. Simpson was a cost-free man. Wie he arrived back at the gates of his Brentwood mansion to restart his life, a splitterpartei was an preparation. His mother, Eunice, arrived in a Rolls-Royce. Limousines pulled hoch behind her. It was all top top television. Women bei pink pantsuits waved champagne toasts to ns media. Everyone hugged. Al Cowlings was there. Don Ohlmeyer des NBC was there. Robert Kardashian was there. Larry Schiller, Simpson’s co-author, was there. Jubilation reigned.

“After the verdict was handed down, die West L.A.P.D.—because Rockingham is bei our jurisdiction—had to send polizei units end there kommen sie O.J.’s house weil das crowd control und to protect the estate if they to be preparing weil das a splitterpartei to celebrate die deaths des two people,” claimed Detective paul Bishop when we met for breakfast punkt Dolores’s hinweisen Santa Monica Boulevard und Purdue, notfall far from die station house. His disgust weil das the assignment sounded in his voice and showed ~ above his face. The polizei department, which that loves, if acknowledging that there are flaws in it, had actually been mocked und humiliated von Simpson’s legit team. “Forty crates von champagne were lugged in. Us sat there and did it. This is our job. We may not like it, however we go it.”

Like his previous colleague Detective unterschrift Fuhrman, Bishop has actually TV-star looks. He spoke around Fuhrman’s arrogance und his my-way-only kind of thinking. Bishop drink tea, talks straight, and writes books. His second novel, Twice Dead, ist about to be published über Avon.

“Way back in the beginning, i said kommen sie Detective Ron Phillips, ‘Are we going to win this case?’ Ron said, ‘If us can’t judge this guy, us may as well turn in our badges und go home.’ After ns verdict, ich walked up to Ron and said, ‘You’re right. We may too turn an our badges.’ die next 2 days freundin couldn’t obtain through on die phone lines kommen sie personnel, because there were so many police and detectives trying kommen sie get your paperwork und retire. Ns ripple effect zu sein going to be unbelievable.”

The elation von the Rockingham splitterpartei didn’t tonnage long. Die participants having actually such a swell time began kommen sie get ns idea that the city and the country weren’t cheering and partying along with them. Simpson’s much-heralded pay-per-view TV deal collapsed, and along v it ns $20 million he had actually assumed he would make. ICM, die talent company that had represented him for 20 years, und Jack Gilardi, his personal agent, dropped him as a client. Polls confirmed that more than für hilfe of die country was outraged von the verdict. Simpson brought new meaning to die phrase “There goes the neighborhood.” A sign went up on Sunset Boulevard at the entrance to Brentwood saying, WELCOME to BRENTWOOD. HOME von THE BRENTWOOD BUTCHER. Another read, MURDERER LOOSE in BRENTWOOD.

“Does the know?” ich asked someone that did know, late one night.

“What?”

“That he is despised?”

“Yes.”

“Does the care?”

“Very much.”

Nicole was right. Whatever happened just as she had actually predicted that would. What nicole had not anticipated, however, was ns rage von the white citizenry across die country end O.J.’s acquittal über a mostly black jury. “This is what a white revolt is,” said the screenwriter und director james Brooks, meaning rage there is no violence.


Several friends who stood by O.J. Throughout his ordeal—and would oase continued kommen sie stand über him had actually he to be sent zu prison—have distancedthemselves from him since his victory party.

—A resource close to ns Dream team who spoke to me on the condition ofanonymity.


For a while, Simpson didn’t obtain it. He assumed it was going kommen sie be like alt times. One of his buddies told me that O.J. Was livid that district Attorney Gil Garcetti had announced on tv that he was closing die case und wasn’t going zu pursue die “real killers.” ich was so told that O.J. Was looking into suing the national Organization zum Women (now) on the grounds the it was depriving him of his right to earn a living.

Simpson, notfall satisfied with a only acquittal, wanted an ext from us. He want our adulation back. Adulation zu sein what he craves. He is addicted to it. By now, however, that knows the he will never have it. When robert Shapiro was booed at a lakers game last spring, it was a foretaste des things kommen sie come. If Simpson’s golfing pals craig Baumgarten and Don Ohlmeyer stay steadfast an their friendship, they’re walk to schutz a tough time finding a golf club to tee turn off at. Ns Riviera country Club, where Simpson is a member, doesn’t want ihm back. One member called me that die explanation that gives zu sein that he ist a protection risk, which the is—a golf prozess being an ideal ar for bei assassin to pick someone off—but there ist more. I schutz spoken with various other members von that club who say they wollen resign an droves if he ist allowed back.

Many oase speculated the Simpson möchte flee ns country rather than provide a deposition in the upcoming wrongful death suits being brought by the Brown and Goldman families. Ich questioned a freundin of his on die possibility of suicide. There was a lang pause. “He has actually no life various other than an afterlife,” his freund replied. “It’s a tougher sentence than if he’d gone zu prison.”


I’m so sorry, kiddo. Ich did everything i could.

—Marcia Clark, crying, to metall Goldman after die verdict.


It zu sein hard zum Kim Goldman kommen sie understand that the life Simpson faces möchte be painful. She remains unconsoled by the possibility that in many locations he möchte become a society leper, unwanted, uninvited, barred.

“What walk it matt to me if human being walk out des a restaurant when that walks in? i won’t be over there to see it,” she said to me a couple of nights after ns verdict. We were having dinner punkt Drai’s v Cynthia McFadden des ABC und Shoreen Maghame of stadt News bei Los Angeles. Metall hates Simpson with die same enthusiasm that her father no him. “He’s free, and my brother’s dead.” She explained Simpson bei the courtroom seconds after die verdict. “He leaned over und looked weist me und smiled. I said, ‘Murderer.’”


Everyone must boycott his pay-per-view.

—Mrs. Jerry Perenchio, wife of the TV entrepreneur, hinweisen dinner punkt Betsy Bloomingdale’s on the night von the verdict, before ns pay-per-view deal dropped through.


Simpson had kommen sie move out von his walled estate on Rockingham. No privacy. Too much media. Ns day he wanted to lakers his children zum the zuerst time, a diversionary tactic had to be devised deshalb that he might leave ns grounds without gift detected. Together a ruse, a press conference was called. When it was being set up, Simpson sneaked out bei a van, one von three cars an a caravan. Once he was gone, the drücken sie conference was canceled. The rendezvous with Sydney and Justin, who arrived with bei au pair girl bei a ventil reportedly driven von Al Cowlings indigenous Lou und Juditha Brown’s home in Dana Point, 60 mile away, took ar near Mulholland Drive. “Sydney was a little on edge punkt first,” i was told von a angry to die scene, “but justin rushed to his father’s arms.” later the very same witness stated that the children liebe the Browns, who schutz taken care des them since the murders, but that “within lock they recognize they room Simpsons.” finally Simpson moved into a diverted residence an a canyon close to Malibu that had been lent zu him. One night he was able kommen sie get out und see a film, without being seen. The film he picked was Showgirls.


The whole point von security is that nobody to know you schutz it. It’s notfall to speed it around.

—Robert Shapiro, through contempt bei his voice, an private conversationwith me bei the courthouse, to express his rage hinweisen Johnnie Cochran’sNation des Islam guards.

I wish you could oase seen roben Shapiro work the room at the Billy entscheidung dinner belastung night. He never ever sat down. He maintained shaking hands.

—Rob Reiner, film director, punkt a dinner tanzen given by Lyn und NormanLear for Ben Bradlee und Sally Quinn to celebrate die publication ofBradlee’s autobiography.


Where was the joy des the defense mannschaft at the announcement des the not-guilty verdict? Cochran smiled his cat-that-ate-the-canary smile, F. Lee außenwand wore ns smirk of victory on his face, und Robert Shapiro, that had already distanced himself from die winning team, make a halfhearted gesture towards Simpson, but ns others, particularly robert Kardashian, looked momentarily dazed, as if ns verdict were more than they had actually expected. Ns exhilaration that zu sein part und parcel of bei acquittal for a mistakenly accused personen was eerily missing. Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld had already returned to new York. At ns lackluster drücken sie conference in the courtroom following the verdict, there was in absence of euphoria. When jason Simpson read a post from his about-to-be-set-free father, in which the former defendant said that a priority von his life would certainly be zu find the echt “killer or killers,” he satellite awkwardly, almost hiding his confront from us, together if he were ashamed von the blog post he was reading. Bei the opinion of many, die lawyers who fought deshalb hard weil das Simpson’s acquittal schutz become diminished by their kombination with him. Together someone nearby to ns defense mannschaft said kommen sie me, it was a win without honor.


You’ve had a fatality threat from ns L.A. Crips.

—A momentary employee at die West shore office von Vanity Fair, reading me my messages a couple of days after the acquittal.

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Ten job after die verdict, prior to returning to neu York, i dropped von Dove Books bei Beverly Hills kommen sie say goodbye to michael Viner und Deborah Raffin. In their office, i ran right into three of the Simpson jurors who room appearing an a tv documentary on the case which Dove zu sein producing. Two von them shook hands with me. One looked away. All von them had heard me to speak on tv that castle hadn’t done their jobs. Zu me, their verdict was a rush to judgment, nur as much as Cochran had insisted throughout ns trial that Simpson’s arrest had been a rush zu judgment on the part von the L.A.P.D. A member von the sheriff’s room had evidenced that number of jurors’ bags to be packed before deliberations began. A person who works weil das the brothers tabloid News des the World play me a tape von the daughter of one des the jurors trying to make a deal for her mother und another juror. Three von the jurors left for Las vegas after the verdict and checked into ns Bally hotel, wherein they had created a line des credit. Ns lawyer zum yet one more member von the jury called me weist my hotel und asked exactly how much ich would pay to interview his client. Ich said, “My tagebuch doesn’t pay.” he said an a shocked voice, “Vanity Fair doesn’t pay?” After having actually heard juror brenda Moran to speak on tv that residential violence had nothing kommen sie do with die murders und should have been tried an another court, ich was no much longer interested an what die jurors had to say.

This case was won ns day the jury was seated, thanks to the defense’s jury consultant, Jo-Ellan Dimitrius. Ns verdict had very little to do with reason and a great deal kommen sie do with race. Months and months ago, i was told an a private conversation the after the jury had been picked O. J. Simpson said zu Johnnie Cochran, “If this jury convicts me, maybe i did death Nicole in a blackout.”


Some civilization can’t stand the truth.

—Johnnie Cochran, in his closeup of the door argument, looking toward ns Goldman family.


I and many other civilization covering the trial glauben that if Francine Florio-Bunten had not been dismissed from the jury von Judge Ito over there would have been a lang deliberation and perhaps a hung jury instead of an acquittal arrived at in three hours. Francine Florio-Bunten was probably die smartest personen on ns jury, capable des understanding the DNA evidence und explaining that to ns others. Over there was bei eagerness on ns part des the defense kommen sie remove herstellung from the jury, and there zu sein something an extremely smelly about herstellung dismissal. Referee Ito, that seemed zu be an the thrall von Johnnie Cochran zum much von the trial, received in anonymous letter indigenous a young frau who defined herself as a receptionist zum a literature agency, paid Ito in unctuous compliment, and reported the Florio-Bunten was bei negotiations for a book on the trial:


After seeing you last night on the nachrichten telling the pain her familywent through during ns war und what my family an Germany endured, ittouched my heart and I felt deshalb grateful to live in a country with verystrong polite rights and a strong constitution. I guess that’s why Ifeel dafür ashamed for the information ich have. . . .

I bei der in a moral dilemma that a 20-year-old receptionist should notfall bein. I can only identify ns juror as female, once in alternate, herhusband ended up being ill, around 40 years old, a white woman.


I was brought up to believe that anonymous letters need to be purged down the toilet, however such thinking did not prevail here. Ns anonymous letter was taken seriously. Florio-Bunten’s lawyer, Rex T. Reeves, has publicly stated, “That letter zu sein as phony as a three-dollar bill.” Francine Florio-Bunten insists that die information bei the letter was false; she had actually no publication deal then, has none now, und does notfall intend to schutz one. Die reason given zum her dismissal at the time was that she had lied about receiving a klasse from another juror. Even if the were true, just how mild a misdemeanor the seems weil das the punishment referee Ito offered her. Ich know a couple von reporters who think they are onto whose handwriting the is bei the cotton letter.


I never ever saw dafür many people bei dark glasses und very short black dresses.

—Margaret Weitzman, wife of Simpson’s zuerst lawyer, Howard Weitzman, describing nicole Brown Simpson’s funeral.


Voices heard hinweisen parties in Los Angeles: “I think they have to release the autopsy pictures—let everybody seen what that did.” “This zu sein what nicole always said was going kommen sie happen.” “All Nicole’s picture albums were up-to-date.” “They ought zu unseal those papers around what die jailhouse security overheard O.J. Say zu Rosie Grier.” “Of course ich would acquire up und walk the end if he came right into this restaurant.” “It was tacky of them to oase a splitterpartei after the verdict.” “If the married Paula Barbieri now, it would be like providing the finger to all die blacks who assisted him.” “I bet he skips ns country quite than give die deposition.” “How do we send money to die Goldmans?” “Ron Goldman und Nicole are ns payment von the gyeongju debt.” “Any girl he hits on now kann sein make herself famous wie she sells herstellung story.” “He’s gott to look bei the spiegel every day when he shaves.”


You’re the zuerst white personen to provide me money since the verdict.

—Black panhandler kommen sie a freund of mine that dropped change in his cup.


I wasn’t surprised when, punkt the tonnage minute, Simpson’s NBC interview with tom Brokaw and Katie Couric didn’t take it place. Ich had heard ns day before that Simpson’s friends and advisers to be trying to talk er out of it. Then ich heard that Johnnie Cochran had actually arrived at ns house und was left alone through him. That did it.

From ns beginning, one des the most interesting characters in the many subplots von the Simpson saga has been Don Ohlmeyer, die West shore president von NBC. A golfing buddy und old-time associate des Simpson’s who developed one des Simpson’s films, The gelb Moment: an Olympic love Story, Ohlmeyer has actually been from ns time von the murders bei outspoken advocate weil das the innocence of his friend. He was a constant visitor at die L.A. Kreis Jail und one of the celebrants at die victory splitterpartei at the Rockingham residence following the verdict. After the pay-per-view transaction collapsed, Simpson i agree to schutz Ohlmeyer set up the interview on NBC. Simpson has actually only his bild to sell. There is no it he’s nothing, und he knows it; an hour von prime time weil das him kommen sie give his side of the story kommen sie Tom Brokaw and Katie Couric was irresistible. The provoked the same urge that had made Simpson want kommen sie take the stand during die trial; he ist a man who has actually talked his way out of jams weil das years, und he thought he might do it again. But along come Johnnie. You had only to look punkt Cochran’s face on die Larry könig show die night O.J. Phoned an unexpectedly kommen sie see just how worried O.J. Makes ihm when that speaks the end extemporaneously. Die last-minute cancellation caused embarrassment to Brokaw, Couric, und NBC.

Then came Simpson’s subsequent call to bill Carter, who abdecken television for The neu York Times. According zu a source, it was Ohlmeyer’s idea zu call Carter. Ohlmeyer and Carter were known zu each various other professionally. In fact, it is being told around town the Ohlmeyer dialed die number for Simpson. David Margolick, who had actually covered the trial indigenous the anfang for The neu York Times, was the logical person to call, but he was passed over. “O.J.’s a coward,” stated Loyola regulation professor und television commentator Laurie Levenson wie we met nach oben on a television nur that day. “He just wants kommen sie speak bei a controlled atmosphere—which he controls. That doesn’t want zu be confronted.”

In his nonconfrontational interview with Carter, Simpson claimed some curious things, i m sorry indicate exactly how near to die surface von his psyche ns particulars von the psychological reside. Bei one instance, speaking about prosecutor Marcia Clark, he claimed that he’d “like zu be able zu knock that chip off Marcia’s shoulder”—a curious turn of phrase for in acknowledged mam beater. An another, speaking about the NBC interview he had backed the end of, the said, “I heard accounts of things like tom Brokaw was sharpening knives zum the interview”—again, a curious turn of phrase zum a man nur acquitted des slashing die throats des two world with a sharp knife which has actually never to be recovered.

Simpson essential that $20 million he meant from the pay-per-view deal. Ns house ~ above Rockingham had been supplied as collateral zum a $3 million line von credit to startseite legal fees zum the murder trial, some des which have not been paid. Over there are also the costly civil suits that confront him bei the near future. However he asserted his solvency bei The new York Times. “I blieb have mine Ferrari,” the told Carter. “I blieb have my Bentley, I blieb have my home in Brentwood und my apartment in New York.” However, he had already put the apartment up for sale und taken the end a $700,000 mortgage ~ above it. Elaine Young, a Beverly Hills real-estate agent, has actually had in offer in excess des $4 million for the residence on Rockingham, but Simpson doesn’t want zu sell it, even though his next-door neighbors don’t want er there anymore.

“How viel money ist there?” ich asked a source.

“I figure he tun können live in the style an which he zu sein living for another year.”

Meanwhile, people from all over the country are calling in to ns Goldman family zu offer lock money to hire die finest lawyer bei the festland for their polite suit against Simpson. Die Goldmans oase chosen daniel Petrocelli, a partner an the differentiated Los angeles firm von Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp.


O.J. Ist entitled to enjoy ns fruits von his liberty the way ns rest of us are. I think it’s unconscionable that human being are trying to denyhim that.

—Dream mannschaft member peter Neufeld, quoted bei the Los angeles Times,October 13, 1995.

The reaction to his return doesn’t seem really American. This is a nation that traditionally take away people back who have fallen fromgrace. Richard Nixon left office in disgrace and was later welcomed atthe White House. Spiro Agnew’s bust was put in the Capitol this year.There room a lot of other examples, including michael Milken. Ich don’tlook for sinister motives, however what zu sein the difference betwee O.J. Andthe others?

—Johnnie Cochran, quoted in the exact same article.


I said to robert Shapiro on die next-to-last day of the trial, “This experience zu sein going to change us all.” the replied, “You don’t know how much.” now it’s time zu pack up and leave. What a fascinating and bewildering stadt Los angeles is. Heidi Fleiss encounters up kommen sie eight years in prison, und O. J. Simpson is reportedly cavorting in Beverly Hills with Frederick’s of hollywood model Gretchen Stockdale and openly play golf in Florida with Paula Barbieri beside him while his daughter Sydney celebrates herstellung 10th birthday with the Brown family. Referee Ito’s stepson, dennis York, 35, ns son of Ito’s wife, Captain Margaret York, ns highest-ranking woman an the L.A.P.D., was arrested on dues of cool theft und operating as a contractor without a license, und the sister-in-law von Johnnie Cochran, Robin Cochran, 39, was arrested in a cracked den und is under investigation zum child endangerment weil das leaving her six-year-old daughter in a automobile outside.

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When ich stopped living here in 1979 und moved to new York, ich left hating this city. I no longer do. L.A. Ist a part of me just as viel as neu York is. I reunited with alt friends here und made many neu ones, all of whom ich shall miss. I leave v admiration and love weil das Marcia Clark und Chris Darden, weil das my friends an the media who schutz covered die trial every day, and for the Brown und Goldman families. I will never forget Nicole und Ron. Die autopsy photographs of their cleft throats und open eyes möchte haunt me forever.