After seeing George Zimmerman sell the handgun he used to kill unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin two weeks ago for $250,000, the retired football player, broadcaster and actor Orenthal James “O. J.” Simpson, decided to auction the knife he says he “would have used” if he had killed his wife and her friend.
After releasing a controversial book in 2006 entitled O. J. Simpson: If I Did It, Here’s How It Happened, in which he put forth a “hypothetical” description of the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, the former NFL star has just ignited a new controversy by auctioning a knife he says would have used if he had committed the murders.
On his ad which appeared this morning on the site GMZ1776.com, Mr Simpson describes the military knife from WWII as “the most appropriate weapon to commit a double murder” that he had in his possession at the time of the crimes.
Over the years, the police has examined several knives, but have never found one they could connect to the killings. Therefore, the auction is already attracting a lot attention, including from LAPD who has clearly stated its interest in the weapon.
Unfortunately for the police, the weapon is in the Bahamas at the moment, beyond U.S. jurisdiction, so the only way they can obtain the weapon is by winning the auction.
“This is a pretty unusual situation, and the department is currently considering the various options available before taking a decision,” said Capt. Andrew Neiman, of the LAPD’s media relations section. “We might have to actually participate in the auction and we are ready to do so, but we are still hoping for the collaboration of the various parties implicated to be able to analyze the weapon before it is sold.”
Once known as one of the most-famous running backs in football history, O.J. Simpson’s reason for renown changed forever on June 12, 1994. On that day, Simpson’s ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman were found stabbed to death at her Los Angeles condominium.
Simpson was charged with the murders, and the televised case completely transfixed the nation. The “Trial of the Century” ended with Simpson’s acquittal, with 150 million people tuning in for the verdict, making it one of the most watched events in television history.
He later lost a wrongful death civil suit brought against him by their families in 1997, and is currently serving his time at Lovelock Correctional Facility in Nevada, on charges related to an armed robbery.