If you ever followed the OJ Simpson trial in the last century, you would recall that the prosecuting attorneys found the bloody glove O.J. Simpson used in stabbing to death his former wife and her male friend, but never found the knife that was used.
If you know nothing of the case, I will put you up to speed.
Former professional football star and actor O. J. Simpson was tried on two counts of murder after the deaths of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and waiter Ronald Lyle Goldman, in June 1994. The case has been described as the most publicized criminal trial in American history. Simpson was acquitted after a trial that lasted more than eight months.
Simpson hired a high-profile defense team, initially led by Robert Shapiro and subsequently led by Johnnie Cochran, and which also included F. Lee Bailey, Alan Dershowitz, Robert Kardashian (Kim K’s late father), Gerald Uelmen, John Yahoe, and Carl E. Douglas, with two more attorneys specializing in DNA evidence: Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld. Los Angeles County believed it had a strong prosecution case, but Cochran was able to persuade the jurors that there was reasonable doubt about the DNA evidence (a relatively new form of evidence in trials at the time) – including that the blood-sample evidence had allegedly been mishandled by lab scientists and technicians – and about the circumstances surrounding other court exhibits.
This absence of concrete evidence basically killed the case against Simpson but the police never gave up even though two decades of potential weapons didn’t give them a break into the case. There had been a 15-inch retractable blade that O.J. Simpson once bought at a cutlery shop in downtown Los Angel . There was also blood-stained kitchen knife wrapped in a blouse found close to Simpson’s Brentwood estate. Even a broken carving knife was discovered in a waste tank at Chicago’s O’Hare airport. All were given investigators but nothing good came out of their findings.
But now, 22 years after the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, a retired police officer has presented another knife which he claimed was given to him by a construction worker who helped raze down Simpson’s mansion in 1998.
The LAPD’s elite Robbery-Homicide Division is examining the knife.
According to the story, the knife was actually handed over over to a police officer some years ago by the aforementioned construction worker. The officer was a traffic cop and was working on a movie set when he was given the knife.
Police detectives only learned of the knife’s existence just last month. Presently they are investigating where it came from. The investigation is still in its early stages.
At a news conference at LAPD headquarters Friday morning, Capt. Andy Neiman told reporters that it was unclear why the officer had to wait nearly two decades to hand over the knife.
“I don’t know why that didn’t happen or if that’s entirely accurate or if this whole story is possibly bogus from the get-go,” he said.
A member of O.J. Simpson’s legal “dream team”, Attorney Carl Douglas, on Friday, called the story “ridiculous.”
“It’s amazing how the world cannot move on from this case!” Douglas said. “And it, and the media, is apparently still fascinated by everything O.J. Simpson.”
Douglas recalled that “there were indications that two different knives may have been used. One with a straight edge, and one with a serrated edge.” However, he cautioned that people sometimes will do anything for 15 minutes of fame.
Another attorney, Alan Dershowitz, called news of the knife “highly suspect.”
“Where has the knife been? Who has handled it?” Dershowitz asked. “It’s totally suspicious when there is no chain of custody. … Courts don’t generally allow for that type of thing.”
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