For many, the forthcoming The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story is a chance to relive the murders that absolutely captivated a nation twenty years ago. For the younger generation, however, the show will serve as a true exploration of the beginnings of America’s morbid curiosity with tabloid true crime.
It’s been more than two decades since O.J. Simpson was acquitted of the killings of his ex wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend, Ron Goldman, but the details remain fresh. While the former athlete was later found liable for their deaths in a civil trial, questions still linger over how he was able to walk away. Before Ryan Murphy presents his take on history, here’s how the real players in the “Trial of the Century” have held up.
Simpson wound up where many have long felt he belonged: prison. Now 68, Simpson was arrested in September 2007 after he attempted to steal his own sports memorabilia by holding a group of men at gunpoint. He was subsequently found guilty on four felony counts and sentenced to 33 years in prison at Lovelock Correctional Facility in Nevada. He will be eligible for parole next year.
A year prior to his arrest, Simpson announced plans to write a book called If I Did It, a speculative retelling of Nicole and Goldman’s murders. Publication was ultimately halted, and Goldman’s family was instead given the right to the retelling. It was released in 2007 under the same title, but with a new subtitle: “Confessions of the Killer.”