Twenty Years Later, A Look Back At The O.J. Simpson Trial
INSIDE EDITION looks back at the O.J. Simpson trial that gripped the nation twenty years ago, and reports on where they key players from the trial are today.
It was the incredible slow speed chase that captivated television viewers 20 years ago of O.J. Simpson crouched down in the back of a white Ford Bronco holding a gun to his head.
On a phone call from the car, Simpson said, "All I did was love Nicole. All I did was love her."
As mind blowing as the live spectacle was, it was just the beginning of the O. J. Simpson circus that would grip the nation for an entire year.
Simpson's trial for the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend, Ron Goldman was held at the Los Angeles criminal courthouse and it propelled the participants to fame, for better or for worse.
Some say Simpson's so-called Dream Team of high-profile lawyers were cursed for their roles in his acquittal.
Johnnie Cochran, whose famous line "If it doesn't fit, you must aquit" referred to the bloody gloves found at the crime scene, died in 2005 from a brain tumor.
We first came to know attorney Robert Kardashian when he read what sounded like a suicide note from Simpson on live TV, reading, "I can't go on. Don't feel sorry for me. I've had a great life, great friends. Please think of the real O.J."
Kardashian died of cancer in 2003, long before his daughter Kim became a household name and the rest of the family became reality TV stars.
Prosecutor Marcia Clark faced intense criticism for blowing what seemed like a slam dunk case against Simpson. She resigned shortly after the trial and became an author. She's written five popular crime novels and also serves as a legal pundit on TV.
The trial was presided over by Judge Lance Ito who was lampooned on The Tonight Show with a running gag called "the dancing Itos."
Today he's still an L.A. superior court judge and true to his word, he has never spoken publicly about the O. J. Simpson case.
Who could forget the anguish on Kim Goldman's face when the 'not guilty' verdict was read. She has devoted her life to seeking justice for her brother, Ron and just published her first book, Can't Forgive: My 20 Year Battle With O. J. Simpson.
She spoke to INSIDE EDITION's Les Trent, who asked, "Do you still feel hatred towards him?"
Kim replied, "I don't know how to forgive someone who is not asking for it, who shows no remorse, and forgiving him for what? Stabbing my brother in the heart. It doesn't make any sense to me."
And remember Faye Resnick? She was Nicole's best friend. The defense argued that Nicole and Ron were murdered by Resnick's drug dealer. Resnick parlayed the attention she got from the trial into a Playboy spread. These days she stirs the pot on reality TV as a regular on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
Paula Barbieri was Simpson's girlfriend at the time of his trial. She dumped him shortly after the verdict was announced and in the year 2000 married a Florida circuit court judge.
Simpson's houseguest, Kato Kaelin charmed trial watchers with his surfer dude looks and attitude.
On Geraldo Rivera Reports on Fox News, Kaelin said, "I think he's guilty. I can't prove it. It's amazing that someone could go that far."
He's 55 now and set to launch a line of clothing for couch potatoes under the label Kato Potato.
As for Simpson, he's serving a 33 years prison term in Nevada for armed robbery. He's due to be released on parole in four years.
At 67, his hair is flecked with grey, he's overweight and like a lot of guys his age, he complains about back problems and joint pain. When he gets out, who knows where he'll live. Just last week he lost his Miami home to foreclosure .
Nicole Brown Simpson's sister Tanya told INSIDE EDITION, "It's sad. It's just sad what happened."
She says she actually forgives Simpson. In her new book, Finding Peace Amid The Chaos: My Escape From Depression And Suicide, she urges everyone to make peace with the past, 20 years later.
Tanya said, "It's not like I want to give him a hug or anything. Keep that in mind. I don't feel sorry for him. I feel sad that he messed up his life."
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