Nicole Brown Simpson was found stabbed to death on June 12, 1994. Her husband, O.J. Simpson, was acquitted of murder, but he was later found guilty of violating Nicole’s civil rights.
The victim’s older sister, Tanya Brown, spoke to reporters about her decade-long struggle to even accept that her sister had been killed: “It was really hard for me to wrap my brain around how somebody can love you, give you children, and then kill you,” she said.
Just the day before O.J. Simpson was arrested by police, Tanya said she recalls riding with the football legend to her sister’s funeral: “I just remember sitting there, and looking at the cut on his finger, and I was, (thinking) you know, that’s the cut everybody’s talking about.”
As a result of her sister’s murder, Tanya Brown suffered a number of mental breakdowns and even tried to commit suicide.
She was admitted for psychiatric treatment at a hospital for 10 days: “I had anger toward Denise, my sisters, my parents, even Nicole, of course OJ. I think when we get to the point where we can really accept the situation and not live in it, that’s when the healing begins,” Brown said.
As another way of dealing with her grief, the sister of Nicole Brown Simpson wrote a book called Finding Peace Amid the Chaos: My Escape from Depression and Suicide.
Brown notes that due to the tragedy, her family have taken it upon themselves to educate others about the risks of domestic violence, as well as the implications of mental health issues.
She said: “You got to look at something positive and if I, I’d rather have (Nicole) here, but she’s doing some good work (now).”
Nearly 20 years on and people around the world are still asking: “Did O.J. Simpson murder Nicole Brown Simpson on June 12, 1994?”
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