O.J. Simpson described 'blood and stuff' in hypothetical murder scenario
CNN/Stylemagazine.com Newswire | 3/13/2018, 9:45 a.m.
By Jean Casarez and Kristina Sgueglia, CNN
(CNN) -- So, was it a confession? Or was he speaking hypothetically?
The questions remain, even after what Fox billed as O.J. Simpson's "shocking hypothetical account" of the 1994 murders of ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend, Ron Goldman.
It took 12 years for tapes of an interview Simpson did to surface, and Sunday night for two hours audiences were able to finally hear his own words in what Fox called "O.J. Simpson: The Lost Confession."
Simpson was acquitted of the murders in a criminal trial that gripped the nation, but he was deemed liable for their wrongful deaths in a civil lawsuit.
The former NFL star did the interview as a companion to a book that, in 2006, was about to be published by HarperCollins, where Regan was an editor and publisher. The book, titled "If I Did It," was promoted as a hypothetical first-hand story from Simpson on the murders. That book was not published because of public outrage until the Goldman family went to court and got the rights to the unpublished manuscript to collect on the $33.5 million civil verdict against Simpson in the civil case.
The Goldmans changed the title to "If I Did It: Confessions of The Killer," and found another publisher.
That videotaped interview, on the other hand, had never been heard publicly until Sunday.
Before that night in '94
In the interview, Simpson described in detail multiple instances of domestic violence in his years with Nicole Brown Simpson, including an incident on New Year's Eve 1989.
Simpson said he and Nicole arrived home after a party and were affectionate with each other but Nicole was upset -- he said he later learned -- because she thought he bought earrings for another woman.
"I threw her out and I really threw her out with no concern for her well-being. I mean, she got physical with me and obviously I'm bigger, I got more physical with her, which I shouldn't have done, historically I just leave," Simpson said in the interview.
"And I didn't just leave and a little later, um, my, uh, housekeeper came and told me that the cops were outside. And the one thing that hurts me as much as anything in this ... besides being considered by some a murderer is, um, being a batterer. "
In the interview, Simpson's emotions and comments concerning his ex-wife ranged from ongoing antagonism starting in the early years when she wouldn't leave their baby for time alone with him, to continued jealousy toward the men she was dating after they split up, and then to thoughts he had for Nicole at her casket during her funeral.
"If you're angry with a person, upon their death -- when they die -- it's not like ... anger disappears, right?"
Simpson remembered that someone later told him he leaned over and kissed her in her casket and said, "I'm sorry."
He said in the interview that he didn't remember saying that, but he did remember Nicole's mother questioning him: "I just recall Judy Brown pulling me over, looking me in the eye and saying to me, 'O.J., did you have anything to do with this?' and I know I told her, 'No.'"