More than two decades after the infamous murders of Nicole Brown and Ronald Goldman, a former friend of O.J. Simpson believes that O.J. will inevitably confess to the crimes to clear his conscience. Back in 1994, both O.J. Simpson’s estranged wife Nicole and her friend Ronald were found brutally slashed to death at Nicole’s California home. O.J. Simpson was immediately the prime suspect, and what followed was the stuff of tabloid fodder dreams.
As The Washington Post reports, in the wake of the 1994 murders, O.J. Simpson fled, leading police on a low-speed chase through Southern California toward the Mexican border. O.J.’s attempted escape was undertaken in an infamous white Ford Bronco, but ultimately O.J. Simpson was apprehended.
O.J. Simpson stood trial for the brutal slayings of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman. It would become the “trial of the century,” which was televised on multiple networks and became the center of people’s gossip and social lives. In the end, though, O.J. Simpson and his defense team maintained his innocence, and a jury of his peers agreed that the evidence to convict Simpson didn’t exist. O.J. Simpson, a former NFL player and on-again, off-again actor, was acquitted of the criminal charges against him. Many felt that the acquittal of O.J. Simpson was a miscarriage of justice, and a botched police investigation has widely been blamed for O.J. Simpson escaping a criminal conviction and prison time in the case.
After the criminal trial, O.J. faced a civil suit brought forth by the families of the victims. In that instance, O.J. Simpson was found civilly liable for the deaths of Nicole Brown and Ronald Goldman, and he was ordered to pay $33.5 million in compensatory and punitive damages to the surviving family members of the murdered pair.
Following the criminal trial of O.J. Simpson, no one else was ever charged in the murders.
Now an ex-Los Angeles cop and former friend of O.J. Simpson says that he thinks that O.J. Simpson, who is currently serving a prison term for an unrelated crime, is getting close to confessing that he did, in fact, commit the 1994 double murders of Nicole Brown and Ronald Goldman.
Ron Shipp says that O.J. Simpson is in “total torment today.” He made the statements at the Los Angeles premiere of a new ESPN documentary about O.J., O.J. Simpson: Made in America. The new documentary begins on June 11 on the network.
“Someone told me he is 300 pounds and he looks horrible. O.J. has always felt his appearance meant everything and now, deep down inside, he is starting to live with himself.”
Simpson is currently living in a Nevada prison, doing a nine 33-year stint for armed robbery. He won’t be eligible for parole until 2017, at which time he will be 70-years-old. According to Shipp, O.J. Simpson would never dream of “settling the matter” of the murders of Brown and Goldman until he’s a free man.
The world has some thoughts on a potential O.J. Simpson confession, too.
This isn’t the first time that Shipp has spoken publicly about O.J. Simpson’s potential involvement in the 1994 murders. He also testified during Simpson’s criminal trial that O.J. had told him about dreams he’d had of killing his ex-wife.
“I hope one day he actually will rid us of all the doubt and all the conspiracy theories and say, ‘Sorry I cannot go to prison [because of double jeopardy laws], but I am sorry I did it.'”
According to Shipp, he hopes that O.J. will one day have the mental fortitude to answer the world’s collective questions about the murders of his wife and her friend. Shipp even thinks that O.J. will come forward and clear the air, especially considering some of the conspiracy theories regarding the “real” murderer – at least one of which – involves O.J. Simpson’s own son.
“‘I do,’ he said. ‘I got a call about a conspiracy theory about Jason [Simpson’s son from his first marriage] being the killer and I thought, man, come on Juice, just say, my son didn’t do it.'”
The conspiracy theory involving O.J. Simpson’s own son being the murderer isn’t a new one. O.J.’s son, Jason Simpson, was 24-years-old at the time that Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman were slain. The theory that Jason could have been their actual murderer is reportedly the subject of a new documentary about the murders that is being produced by Martin Sheen. The documentary, Hard Evidence: O.J. Is Innocent will reportedly run as a six-episode mini-series and be airing on Investigation Discovery in early 2017.
What do you think? Will O.J. Simpson ever confess to the 1994 murders? Is O.J. Simpson really the guilty party, or could his son really have had a hand in the slayings of Nicole Brown and Ronald Goldman?
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