12 Things you probably didn't know about O.J. Simpson — 20 years post-verdict
On Oct. 3, 1995, football star O.J. Simpson was acquitted of murdering his wife, Nicole Brown, and her friend Ronald Goldman in what was the most-watched trial in history. We take a look back and reveal 11 surprising facts.
1. Simpson pleaded guilty to spousal abuse
Nicole Brown was Simpson's second wife and the couple was married for seven years. In 1989, Simpson pleaded no contest to spousal abuse. Brown filed for divorce in 1992.
2. Kris Jenner still feels guilty
In a new LMN documentary, The Secret Tapes of the O.J. Case: The Untold Story, Kris Jenner said, "I will always feel guilty that I didn't pay more attention and didn't speak up when I thought anything was wrong or asked her more, 'Do you want to talk about it?' The one thing she would tell all of us by the time, you know, it got to that level was, 'He's going to kill me and he's going to get away with it.'"
3. The white Bronco is worth a lot
ESPN.com reports that "Al Cowlings' white Ford Bronco became famous the day he drove O.J. Simpson, who held a gun to his head in the back of the Bronco, down the freeway at slow speed with police in pursuit. Following the civil trial, a collector named Michael Pulwer purchased the vehicle for $75,000, nearly twice its original value." Cowlings also claims he receives numerous requests to rent the vehicle.
4. Frogmen: The TV show that never aired
This two-hour TV pilot starred Simpson and Evan Handler (Sex and the City), as U.S. Navy SEALs and was similar in tone to The A-Team. Completed a few months before the murders, NBC originally planned to release the pilot as a TV movie if Simpson was exonerated, but later changed their mind. Simpson received some military-style training for his role and the show eerily includes a scene where he holds a knife to a woman's throat.
5. Time magazine Photoshop scandal
Time magazine took Simpson's mug shot and darkened it, probably in an effort to make him look more menacing. This action backfired when Newsweek released the same photo on the cover of its magazine and the two magazines appeared side by side on newsstands. Time was highly criticized for being racist.
6. Denise Brown dedicates her life to help prevent domestic violence
Nicole's sister Denise is the cofounder and president of the Nicole Brown Foundation, which is working to bring about more awareness on domestic violence.
7. Simpson hid out at the Kardashian house after the murder
Robert Kardashian, better known as Kim Kardashian's dad, was one of Simpson's defense lawyers and was also the man seen leaving the crime scene with a garment bag that may have contained the murder weapon or Simpson's bloody clothes. Robert Kardashian died of esophageal cancer in 2003. He was 59.
8. Prosecutor Marcia Clark left the legal profession
In Without a Doubt, her trial memoir, Clark wrote, "I felt like I'd let everyone down. The Goldmans. The Browns. My team. The country." Clark has since published two novels: 2011's Guilt by Association and 2012's Guilt by Degrees.
9. The glove debacle could have easily been prevented
Alan Dershowitz, another one of Simpson's defense lawyers, told ABC News that the Simpson team didn't win the case; instead, the prosecution "blew it, they made the worst possible mistakes." He went on to reveal that it was the prosecution who wanted Simpson to try on the famous glove, adding, "Do you know that under California law they could have made him try on the glove outside the presence of the jury first, to see if it fit? And if it didn't fit they wouldn't have made fools of themselves in front of the jury."
10. The Simpson kids don't talk about the murder — ever
When Nicole Brown was killed, Justin and Sydney Simpson were 5 and 8 years old respectively. Family friends and relatives all insist the subject of murder is never brought up. The siblings were seen out in public in July 2014 at their grandfather's funeral.
11. Simpson is currently locked up in Nevada
In 2007, Simpson led several men into a Las Vegas hotel room to steal some sports memorabilia. He was convicted of robbery and sentenced to 33 years in prison. Considering that he's 68 now, it's unlikely he'll ever get out of jail.
This was a Punk'd-style prank show starring Simpson produced in 1996, and is available on DVD. Looking back, it gives us the chills.