This is THE post that I should have shared yesterday but as I had published six stories about the anniversary of THAT Verdict by the evening; the only inclination that remained was for me to crawl away into the dark night and watch a trashy movie with only a huge slice of cake for company AND no – the trashy movie that I watched was NOT about the ‘Simpson Matter’!
For even though the late great Dominick Dunne had once argued that the Simpson case was like a ‘great trash novel come to life, a mammoth fireworks display of interracial marriage, love, lust, lies, hate, fame, wealth, beauty, obsession, spousal abuse, stalking, brokenhearted children, the bloodiest of bloody knife-slashing homicides, and all the justice that money can buy’ – the movie I enjoyed featured quite a number of the above, although thankfully minus the bloodshed for the only ‘corpse’ at the finale was a metaphorical one!
However, enough of my evening television viewing habits and back to the matter in hand – THE Simpson Matter and the incredible realisation that October 3 2019 marks the twenty fourth year since the reading of THAT verdict; you know, the one beginning with:
“We the jury… find the defendant, Orenthal James Simpson, NOT guilty of the crime of murder… upon Nicole Brown Simpson, a human being…”
For it was on a cold and dark Tuesday evening and I was returning home from my flower shop in the City of York in a car packed with fellow travellers including school bags, grocery shopping and a 11-week old baby, (thankfully silent!) as I turned on the radio to listen to the reading of THAT verdict from some 5,000 miles away.
In her brilliant memoir Without a Doubt prosecutor Marcia Clark shares the reaction of Simpson’s defence attorney to THAT verdict as ‘not the verdict I would’ve thought.’…
You can say that again Bob Shapiro!
I was SO convinced that I would still hear a ‘Guilty’ verdict despite those allegations of LAPD incompetence and the charges of racism that tried and failed to obscure the powerful circumstantial evidence and Simpson’s long history of domestic abuse.
Alas, as it was not to be and at a distance of twenty three years, I thought it would be interesting to share the reactions of some other Simpson supporters and detractors and of their feelings about THAT verdict that I have published on my other blogs and as I felt that a little mischief was entirely appropriate, some ‘creative’ imagery has also been included.
Over on the Story blog – you can read the stories from Marcia Clark and Kris Jenner and here Mike Gilbert will take you behind the front door of Simpson’s former abode on Rockingham Avenue and you can also join Dominick Dunne as he takes a walk along THAT tiled walkway in Bundy Drive.
And from her book Bitch, I have included a controversial essay by the fabulous Elizabeth Wurtzel on the Headlines blog including a scathing indictment of Simpson’s guilt from the brilliant Andrea Dworkin and of her observations about the complicated relationship between Nicole and Simpson.
Although I agree with Wurtzel’s belief that Nicole’s death was a ‘stupid waste of a life of a woman’ – I do NOT support her assertion that her death supported ‘well-intentioned but still fruitless attempts to make it into a clarion call for domestic-violence awareness’.
For since 1994, I have been a witness to subtle and positive change that despite the divisive issues that had surrounded the trial of Simpson, Nicole’s tragic death was to illuminate a much needed awareness about domestic abuse and that many women who upon learning about Nicole’s life and death were to find a renewed strength and resolve to leave their abusive partners and this STILL continues to be the case, more than twenty five years later.
Do you recall the ‘11-week old’ baby who slept his way through the reading of THAT verdict, I told you about?
Well, this is him in the image above in his 17th year and as THE poster boy for the Real Man Campaign to raise awareness about domestic abuse and on behalf of the UK charity Women’s Aid.
The Nobel Laureate and political activist Elie Wiesal once said:
“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.”