OJ Simpson murder case shock: Brutal double murder was 25 years ago today
It was the crime that changed countless lives, and still remains unresolved
It’s hard to believe, but 25 years have now passed since the brutal deaths ofNicole Brown Simpsonand herfriend Ronald Goldman- a crime that famously saw Nicole’s ex-husband,former NFLfootball icon turned actor OJ Simpson, accused of their murders in what was dubbed 'thetrial of the century'.
The case continues to resonate today - watch the video below
Just after midnight on June 13, 1994, Nicole returned home to herBrentwood,Los Angelescondo - followed by Ron, who was widely described as a friend, but who was apparently simply returning the sunglasses she had left at the restaurant where he worked.
The pair were savagely knifed to death outside theCaliforniahome, with the horrificcrime scenephotos splashed around the world. The murder quickly became thesubject of the moment, and one of the most closely followed celebrity crimes in history.
With Simpson the immediate suspect in hisex-wife'smurder case, he attempted to flee police in a now notorious road chase that saw his whiteFord Broncopursued down California freeways live on TV.
Despite a history of allegeddomestic violencetowards hisex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson, the football Hall of Fameinductee was found not guilty on October 3, 1995 – a result that provoked a wave of outrage around the country and the world. The failed murder trail made stars of Simpson's legal 'dream team', which included Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. andF. Lee Bailey.
It also introduced the world to the nameKardashian, with OJ's friend and advisor, the late RobertKardashian, often taking centre stage.
Simpson vowed to find the ‘real killer’ ofRon Goldmanand his former wife - something he never succeeded in doing.
‘I will pursue as my primary goal in life the killer or killers who slaughtered Nicole and Mr. Goldman,’ he said at the time.
‘They are out there somewhere. Whatever it takes to identify them and bring them in, I will provide somehow.’
It’s unclear what methods theAmericanstar employed in his fruitless search.
The past caught up with the star in 2006, when the victims's families launched civil action for thewrongful deathsof their loved ones. They were awarded millions of dollars in compensation.
Things got worse for Simpson inLas Vegas,Nevada, in 2007, when he was arrested and charged witharmed robberyand kidnapping.
In 2008 he was convicted and sentenced to 33 years imprisonment. After serving nine years he was released. He now lives a quiet life, claiming to survive on pensions after his fortune was stripped of him.
While opinions about his guilt still run hot, the case is no closer to being officially resolved a quarter century later.