The O.J. Simpson Murder Trial
TV was never the same after June 17, 1994, when football hero turned actor and beloved pitchman O.J. Simpson.He led police on a low-speed chase through a positively glamorous concrete maze of Orange County and L.A. freeways. All parties finally ending up back at Simpson’s Brentwood mansion. Not only did all the major networks zoom in. Even relegating the NBA Finals on NBC into a secondary box on the screen. But broadcast and cable never let up. Until Simpson had been found not guilty of the murders of his ex-wife. Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman more than a year later.
Twenty-one years and a dozen books later, FX’s Emmy-winning series The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story and the riveting. Nearly eight-hour documentary O.J.: Made in America got people talking all over again about the evidence. Where this case went wrong for the prosecution. How the defense owned the narrative, the turmoil that to this day exists between people of color and the police. The sociopolitical tinderbox in which the trial took place. And how so many people could have known what was going on behind closed doors between O.J. and Nicole, yet no one could help her.
Actually, the conversation had never really stopped.