From the Gloves to the Bloodied Clothes, What Happened to Evidence in O.J. Simpson's Trial?
INSIDE EDITION looks back at what happened to the evidence from "The Trial of the Century."
Whatever became of the gloves from the O.J. Simpson trial? And Nicole Brown’s home? As FX’s wildly popular miniseries The People Vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story brings ‘The Trial of the Century’ back into the spotlight 21 years later, INSIDE EDITION asks where key pieces of evidence are kept today.
Nicole Brown Simpson’s Brentwood Condo
Just after midnight on June 13, 1994, the bodies of O.J. Simpson’s ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman, were found outside her condo in Brentwood, California.
As the world watched the investigation unfold, her residence became ground zero for paparazzi, fans and tourists. Nicole purchased the condo in January 1994, just five months before her death, for $625,000, according to Realtor.com.
In 1996, after the property was on the market for two years, it was sold by the Brown family for $525,000. The home was remodeled and it sold again in 2006 for $1.72 million.
While the home’s address has changed, tourists still flock there for photos.
The White Bronco
In the June 1994 low-speed chase with police, O.J. Simpson sat in the back seat of a white Ford Bronco while his friend Al “AC” Cowlings drove them. Audio revealed Simpson speaking to police and threatening to shoot himself dead as he sat in the car.
More than 20 years later, INSIDE EDITION tracked down the vehicle. Earlier this month, IE discovered that the car is now owned by Mike Gilbert, who was Simpson’s agent at the time of the murders. He keeps it beneath a tarp in his California home, 200 miles from L.A.
“It brings back memories of a different time,” Gilbert said. “It’s part of American history.”
He said he’s been offered $300,000 for the SUV but will not sell it. Instead it will go to a crime museum in Tennessee.
O.J. Simpson’s Mansion
Following the slow-speed Bronco chase, Simpson was taken to his home and arrested. He bought the 6,200-square-foot mansion, which had a waterfall, tennis court, pool and guest house, in 1977 for $650,000and lived there for 20 years.
In 1997, the property was bought by Kenneth Abdalla, an investment banker and president of the Jerry’s Famous Deli chain, for nearly $ 4 million. It was later demolished.
That year, Simpson told the Chicago Tribune: "I am a sentimental guy. But there's things you've got to compartmentalize. You take them and file them away. I've always tried to live my life forward and not backward."
The Bloody Gloves and Knit Hat
During the murder trial, detective Mark Fuhrman claimed that he found a bloody glove at Simpson’s residence. Simpson also allegedly wore a knit hat the night of the double murders.
In court, Simpson was asked to put on the gloves. When he did, they did not fit his hands.
Simpson’s lawyer, Johnnie Cochran, created a mantra that would stick throughout the judicial system for years to come: “If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit.” Cochran also put the knit hat on his head when he made closing arguments to drive home the idea that anyone could wear a hat and be mistaken for someone else.
In 2014, INSIDE EDITION found the gloves in a briefcase at the district attorney’s office and was given special permission to film the key pieces of evidence. They have been locked away in that briefcase, sealed and stored since that trial.
Robert Kardashian with Simpson's Garment Bag (CBS)
Simpson’s Garment Bag
Robert Kardashian rushed to his friend O.J. Simpson’s aid following the murders. Kardashian, who was best friends with Simpson, was photographed carrying the athlete’s Louis Vuitton garment bag, which Simpson had taken with him to Chicago on the night of the murders.
According to reports, prosecutors speculated that the garment bag may have contained Simpson’s bloody clothes and /or even the murder weapon.
Kardashian claimed he tried to hand the bag over to the LAPD but they refused to take it, he said.
He told CNN after the trial: “They never sought to do so, in fact when we turned it in to the court nine months later, they still never did any tests to see if there was blood. I don't believe they really wanted to know the answer. I think it was better to leave speculation and to let the public think there was something sinister about these bags."
The bags have never been recovered from Robert Kardashian’s property. The Kardashian patriarch died of esophageal cancer in 2003.
Bruno Magli Shoes During Murder Trial (Courtroom Pool Footage)
Bruno Magli Shoes
Simpson, a larger than life athlete, had a larger than life clothing collection. He was known for wearing expensive suits and clothes.
On the night of the murders, size 12 Bruno Magli shoeprints were found at the crime scene. According to reports, at the time of the murders only 299 pairs of Bruno Magli shoes were sold in that size in America. Simpson also had a size 12 foot at the time of the murders.
When questioned about the shoes during a deposition for his 1997 civil trial, Simpson said he would never wear the “ugly ass shoes.”
“Aesthetically, I felt that they were ugly and I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and to me they were ugly shoes," he said in the deposition.
Nine months before the murders, Simpson was photographed wearing Bruno Magli shoes.
In a January 2016 interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Cory M. Baker, COO of Marquee Brands which currently owns the Magli brand, said: “The OJ Simpson trial brought Bruno Magli, an Italian brand known primarily to the 1 percent, into the spotlight to become a household name. While certainly the association was far from positive and not one we would have wished for, the resulting interest in the brand at the time and for the decades to follow skyrocketed general public interest and intrigue."
Like the rest of the evidence from the murder trial, the shoes are locked away by the L.A. District Attorney.
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