I read somewhere that O.J. Simpson is the least important part of American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson. And I love that line. I think it’s definitely true.
The show has done an impeccable job of weaving in all the factors surrounding the case, and looking at the facts from the lawyer’s point of view while also including the significance of race culture at the time.
But that doesn’t mean that the show isn’t making a point about Simpson’s guilt or innocence along the way. Whether they intended to or not, the series has again raised questions about Simpson’s motives and opportunity to kill his ex-wife.
Last night’s episode of the show set up some fantastical theories that served to prove that just because Twitter didn’t exist back when this trial was happening, didn’t mean people weren’t all for a good sensationalized story.
Could Nicole Brown Simpson and Robert Goldman’s murder have been a police setup? Or were their deaths drug-related?
Christopher Darden (Sterling K. Brown) even brings the point home in a discussion with Marcia Clark (Sarah Paulson) as she tries to laugh off the “desperate flailing” of the defense. But Darden isn’t so quick to dismiss, pointing out that the jury was into the “exotic” stories.
Pair that with last night’s big moment — the glove demonstration — and Simpson’s guilt is suddenly in question in the jury’s eyes.
But even in our current time, the topic of Simpson’s guilt is back on the table.
In a weird twist of fate, as The People v. O.J. Simpson progresses, so does some potentially new evidence in the case. A knife was discovered on the Simpson property and is being tested for evidence that it could have been the murder weapon.
As if that isn’t strange enough, now people who were close to Simpson back in 1995 are coming forward again to speak about what they know.
According to Vanity Fair, Simpson’s friend and former manager Norman Pardo told KNX 1070 Newsradio, “I know who did it and I know why they did it. I just can’t disclose it right now.”
For once, I have to agree with Simpson, who reportedly shook his head and asked, “Will this ever end?” when he heard the news about the knife.
Of course, if turning all of this over 20 years later could lead to the truth about what actually happened that night, then maybe it will all be worth it.