Lawrence Schiller, author of American Tragedy: The Uncensored Story of the O.J. Simpson Defense, recently uncovered some shocking new information about the 1995 O.J. Simpson trial.
In an interview with ABC News’ 20/20, Schiller revealed that Simpson once seriously considered suicide in the bedroom of a 14-year-old girl, who was the daughter of his close friend.
The friend of Simpson was Robert Kardashian Sr., and the 14-year-old girl was Kim Kardashian-West.
People reports that Simpson was seeking refuge in Kardashian’s home on June 17, 1994, after he was accused of murdering his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and Ronald Goldman. Kardashian Sr. reportedly discovered O.J. in “Kimmy’s room.” The attorney apparently walked in on Simpson “sitting there with a gun and his pictures of his kids and of Nicole.” O.J. told his friend that he planned to commit suicide in the bedroom.
Schiller heard this story from Kardashian Sr. himself, who told the author in a past interview of that chilling occasion with Simpson. He refused to let O.J. commit suicide, much less commit suicide in his daughter’s bedroom. He didn’t want to think of Simpson like that every time he walked into the room and he certainly didn’t want his daughter sleeping in the same room that O.J. killed himself in.
“Then O.J. said, ‘I’m going to kill myself in this room,’ and I said, ‘You can’t. This is my daughter’s bedroom. My little girl Kim sleeps here. I can’t have my little girl in this bedroom, and every time I come in here, I’m going to see your body lying in this. You can’t do that.’ “
Simpson was apparently in the room recording “suicide tapes,” which were released on Wednesday in The Secret Tapes of the O.J. Case: The Untold Story, which aired last night (September 30). In the tapes, Simpson reportedly pleaded for the public to remember him as a good guy, and not the man who committed an egregious crime against his ex-wife and her friend. The New York Daily News reports that Simpson also begged for his kids to be left out of the media hype that was sure to follow the crime.
“Please remember me as ‘The Juice’… Please remember me as a good guy. Don’t remember me as one of the negatives that might end up here. Please, please, please, please leave my kids at peace. I love everybody.”
The day after this encounter, June 18, 1994, Robert Kardashian Sr. read aloud to the press the text of a suicide letter written by Simpson. In the letter, O.J. again pleads with the press to leave his kids alone. He also explains that he loved Nicole and did not commit the crime that he had been accused of. Simpson talked about his rocky relationship with his ex-wife and implies that the couple would have gotten back together in time.
“First, everyone understand I had nothing to do with Nicole’s murder. I loved her, always have and always will. If we had problem it’s because I loved her so much. Recently, we came to the understanding that for now we were not right for each other — at least for now. Despite our love, we were different, and that’s why we agreed to go our separate ways.”
O.J. also insinuated in his letter that the press was lying about everything that had been said about him. Simpson said that he didn’t understand why he was being treated the way that he was, when he had tried to live a good life and do right by others.
“I don’t want to belabor knocking the press, but I can’t believe what is being said. Most of it is totally made up. I know you have a job to do, but as a last wish please, please leave my children in peace. Their lives will be tough enough… I’ve had a good life. I’m proud of how I lived. My mama taught me to do unto others. I treated people the way I wanted to be treated. I’ve always tried to be up and helpful, so why is this happening?”
On October 3, 1995, Simpson was acquitted of the charges with the help of his defense team, which included Robert Kardashian Sr.
O.J. Simpson is currently in Nevada serving a 33-year prison sentence for kidnapping and robbery charges.
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