O.J. Simpson described ‘hypothetical’ murders in 2006 interview


O.J. Simpson’s “hypothetical” retelling of the night Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman were murdered didn’t sound like a hypothetical in the buried 2006 Fox interview that finally aired Sunday night.

The special, which was filmed as part of a promotional tour for his book “If I Did It,” never saw the air until Sunday.

In a description that alternated between using an accomplice named “Charlie” and “I,” Simpson, now 70, detailed the graphic murders of his ex-wife and her friend on June 12, 1994.

Simpson describes entering through a back gate and seeing the home flooded with candles and music. Then, he said, Goldman showed up.

"In the mood I was in, I started to have words with him,” Simpson told Judith Regan.

He went on to describe a verbal fight with Goldman that escalated when Brown came outside. She fell and hurt herself, at which point Goldman “got into a karate thing,” Simpson claimed.

Then, “Charlie” grabbed a knife.

“After that, I don’t remember,” he said, laughing. “There was blood and stuff around.”

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Nicole Brown Simpson before her death
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Nicole Brown Simpson before her death
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER, 1981: O.J. Simpson and Nicole Brown go to see the play 'Come Blow Your Horn' at Hollywood's Huntington Hartford Theatre in October, 1981 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frank Edwards/Fotos International/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - MARCH 16: O.J. Simpson and Nicole Brown Simpson pose at the premiere of the 'Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Isult' in which O.J. starred on March 16, 1994 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vinnie Zuffante/Archive Photos/Getty Images)
O.J. Simpson, Nicole Brown Simpson and O.J.'s children attend the Naked Gun 33 1/3 Premiere at the Paramount Pictures Studio Backlot in Hollywood, CA. (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)
O.J. Simpson and Nicole Simpson (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
O.J. Simpson and Nicole Brown Simpson during Fight Against Paralysis Benefit at Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Portrait of American former foorball player OJ Simpson and his wife, Nicole Brown (1959 - 1994), as they attend a party at the Harley Davidson Cafe, New York, New York, 1993. Simpson was tried for the murder of his wife (on June 12, 1994) and, though he was acquitted in the murder trial, he was found guilty of wrongful death in a subsequent civil suit--still later, he was found guilty of other felony charges (unrelated to the murder) and convicted in 2008. (Photo by Rose Hartman/Getty Images)
Nicole Brown and O.J. Simpson during O.J. Simpson File Photos at Los Angeles in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Betty Galella/WireImage)
O.J. Simpson and Nicole Brown Simpson during Premiere of 'When Harry Met Sally' at Academy Theater in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)
CENTURY CITY, CA - MAY 13: Nicole Brown Simpson and O.J. Simpson attend the movie premiere of 'Ishtar' on May 13, 1987 in Century City, California. (Photo by Frank Edwards/Fotos International/Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY - SEPTEMBER 26: Athlete Joe Thiesmann, O.J. Simpson and wife Nicole Brown Simpson attend Fight Against Paralysis Benefit Gala on September 26, 1989 at the Waldorf Hotel in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
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(EXCLUSIVE, Premium Rates Apply) LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 01, 1977: O.J. SImpson and his wife Nicole Brown Simpson at The Daisy nigthclub circa 1977 in Los Angeles, California. **EXCLUSIVE** (Photos by Brad Elterman/FilmMagic)
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The coroner’s report described the attacks more clearly, including Brown being stabbed four times and Pearlman five times before the killer slit his throat and severed his abdominal artery. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office described the murders as “overkill.”

Christopher Darden, who tried the case, said on the recently taped panel, that he believed Simpson “confessed to murder.”

“He may try describing this as a hypothetical, but it becomes ‘I,’” Darden said.

Simpson, no longer speaking in a hypothetical, said he left for Chicago that night and was woken up the next morning by a call from Los Angeles police. He returned immediately.

The former running back said the ease with which people believed he was a murderer was the hardest part for him.

“I thought that my whole life meant something,” he told Regan, calling himself a “straightshooter.”

“It bugs me that it seems that people wanted me to be guilty.”

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Key facts about OJ Simpson and 1995's 'Trial of the Century'
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O.J. Simpson's full name is Orenthal James Simpson. 

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O.J. Simpson attended the University of Southern California where he played football and ran track. 

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O.J. Simspson married his high school sweetheart Marguerite (Whitley) Simpson in 1967 when he was 19. The pair had three children together before divorcing in 1979.

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O.J. Simpson won the Heisman Trophy in 1968. 

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O.J. Simpson was the first overall pick in the 1969 NFL draft. He was selected by the Buffalo Bills.

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O.J. Simpson married Nicole Brown Simpson in 1985. 

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O.J. Simpson was a sideline reporter for NBC after he retired from the league. 

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O.J. Simpson and Nicole Brown Simpson had two children together. (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)
O.J. Simpson and Nicole Brown Simpson divorced in 1992. (Photo by Vinnie Zuffante/Archive Photos/Getty Images)

Ronald Goldman, 25, was murdered with O.J. Simpson's ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson on June 12, 1994.

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O.J. Simpson arrested and charged for the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ronald Goldman on June 12, 1994.

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O.J. Simpson led police on a low-speed chase through Los Angeles in his white Ford Bronco driven by Al Cowlings on June 17, 1994. Cowlings eventually drove Simpson home, with Simpson ducked under the back passenger seat, to Brentwood where he surrendered after a standoff with police.

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O.J. Simpson's trial was broadcast on television for 134 days. 

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O.J. Simpson (C) listens to the not guilty verdict with his attorneys F. Lee Bailey (L) and Johnnie Cochran Jr (R). Simpson was found not guilty of killing his ex-wife Nicole Brown-Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman at the conclusion of the "Trial of the Century." 

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O.J. Simpson is currently serving a nine-to-33-year sentence in state prison as a result of an October 2008 conviction for armed robbery and kidnapping charges. 

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O.J. Simpson's defense team was led by attorney Johnnie Cochran Jr (C) and included Robert Kardashian, father of Kourtney, Kim, Khloe and Rob Kardashian. Kardashian's then-ex-wife Kris was friends with Nicole Brown Simpson at the time of her death. 

From L-R are attorneys Robert Kardashian, who was also a friend of Simpson's, Jo-Ellen Dimitrius, Robert Shapiro, Cochran, F. Lee Bailey and Carl Douglas. 

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O.J. Simpson and a ghostwriter Pablo Fenjves wrote a book in 2006 about the double murder entitled, "If I Did It." 

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In 1997, O.J Simpson was found liable for the deaths of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman. He was ordered to pay $33.5 million. 

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Simpson went on to say that the first time he “woke up” was when the press began describing the prior domestic violence incidences. Regan, who also edited “If I Did It,” said on the panel that he just wanted to be liked and never realized the gravity of the situation.

Simpson was acquitted of the double murder in 1995, but was ordered to pay $33.5 million to the victims after a 1997 civil court ruled against him.

A year after the Fox interview, Simpson led a group of men in a Las Vegas robbery, which he said was an expedition to recover sports memorabilia that had been stolen from him. He served nine years in jail before being released in October.

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