OJ Simpson’s ‘lost confession’
Published: 12 March 2018 Image credit: FOX
In a never before seen interview, OJ Simpson has given his own ‘purely hypothetical’ account of what happened the night Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman were brutally murdered.Simpson’s hypothetical account comes as part of a 2006 interview with book publisher Judith Regan, for the Fox Network. The interview originally did not go to air due to protests from the family of the victims and public outrage at the time.
Twelve years later, and reportedly with the ‘blessing’ of the Browns and Goldmans, the chilling and at times bizarre interview has aired as part of a two-hour Fox special “OJ Simpson: The Lost Confession?”.
On June 12, 1994 Simpson’s ex-wife Nicole Brown-Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman were stabbed to death at Ms Brown-Simpson’s Los Angeles home. Ms Brown-Simpson was stabbed seven times and attacked so viciously she was almost decapitated.
In what the media dubbed ‘The Trial of the Century’, and despite extensive evidence against him, OJ Simpson was found not guilty of the murders.
In the previously unaired footage, Simpson initially responds,“It’s not easy to discuss,” when interviewer Regan asks him, “What might have happened?” on the night in question.
Simpson then goes on to explain that, hypothetically, a new friend ‘Charlie’ might have told him something “was going on” over at Ms Brown-Simpson’s house.
“This guy Charlie shows up, a guy who I recently became friends with, and I don’t know why he went by Nicole’s house, but he told me, ‘You wouldn’t believe what’s going on over there.’ And I remember thinking whatever’s going on over there, it’s gotta stop.”
There is no evidence that ‘Charlie’ ever existed, and executive producer Terry Wong believes ‘Charlie’ may be an ‘alter ego’ made up by Simpson.
At other points in the interview, Simpson mentions that he often travelled with a knife in his car to protect himself against “the crazies” and that he “got into a kind of karate thing” with Mr Goldman.
The hypothetical explanations mirror the events described in Simpson’s book, If I Did It, ghost written by Pablo Fenjves, and later published with an introduction by the Goldman Family titled ‘He did it’.
In a 2007 civil case, a judge gave all publishing rights and royalties for the book to the Goldman family.
At a particularly disturbing moment in the interview, Simpson claims that on the night of the murders, he hypothetically would have followed ‘Charlie’ into Ms Brown-Simpson’s house to make sure there was “no problem”.
He then would have taken the knife from Charlie, he said.
“I took the knife from Charlie, and to be honest, after that, I don’t remember, except I’m standing there and there’s all kinda stuff around. Blood and stuff… everything was covered, would have been covered in blood… it was horrible.”
Due to American Double Jeopardy laws, Simpson cannot be charged with the murders of Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman again.
In October last year, Simpson was freed on parole, after serving nine years in jail for an armed robbery.