American Crime Story, which unfolded like the TV equivalent of airport fiction. From the moment Simpson was formally charged with murdering his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ron Goldman, the case immediately fit itself to archetypes of the barbarous black man attacking the white woman, she argues. He was constantly trying to erase, or transcend, his race. There was an expectation that you had to be down with the cause.
Learn how and when to remove this template message The prosecution believed it had a strong case despite the lack of known witnesses to the crime and the failure to recover the murder weapon. From the physical evidence that was collected, the prosecution claimed that Simpson drove to Brown's house on the evening of June 12 with the intention of killing her. They maintained that Brown had put their two children to bed and was getting ready to go to bed herself when she opened the front door of her house after either responding to a knock on the front door or hearing a noise outside. Simpson allegedly grabbed her before she could scream and attacked her with a knife. Forensic evidence from the Los Angeles County coroner alleged that Goldman arrived at the front gate to the townhouse sometime during the assault, and the assailant apparently attacked him and stabbed him repeatedly in the neck and chest with one hand while restraining him with an arm chokehold.
OJ Simpson: an eternal symbol of racial division – or has America moved on?
The black male defense attorney The legendary WASP attorney The black ex-wife and kids from his first marriage Biracial kids from his second marriage The white racist cop It went on and on. It was theater of the surreal so to speak. The trial like many other issues in America exposed the large racial divide in our nation. At the time the nation was largely divided among racial lines with 62 percent of whites believing that Simpson was guilty and 68 percent of blacks feeling that he was innocent according to a CNN poll conducted at the time.