“The People v OJ Simpson”: 9 Facts The Show Left Out
One of the best things about FX’s “The People v OJ Simpson” is that it was so amazingly true to the real story- even down to the details. And the show didn’t even include some of the strangest facts about Simpson’s life and the case. Some of them did make it into ESPN’s “OJ: Made in America.” Here are nine details FX left out that you will want to know.
1. Marcia Clark Was Carrying A Gun
Because of how high profile head prosecutor Marcia Clark became from the OJ Simpson case, detectives who were on the case convinced her to start carrying a gun. One time she even missed a flight because she forgot about her gun and had to fill out federal forms to carry it.
2. Johnnie Cochran: A Family Man x2
Now famous for the line “If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit”, lawyer Johnnie Cohran had two families in the 1970s. He actually managed to keep one hidden from the other. While living with his wife, Barbara, he also had a relationship with his secretary, Patty. Patty later changed her last name to Cochran. They traveled together, brought property and had a child together. He also had two daughters with Barbara.
3. OJ Was Jealous of Kato
One of the key witnesses during the trial was a man named Kato Kaelin. The reason he was living with OJ is that he had formerly been a tenant in Nicole Brown Simpson’s guest house. When Nicole moved into a new home, she wanted Kato to move in and help babysit the kids. Simpson didn’t want Kato living under the same roof as his ex-wife. So he let him stay in his own home.
4. From Witness to Ghostwriter
Screenwriter Pablo Fenjves testified about hearing Nicole Brown Simpson’s dog cry when she was murdered. Later, he was the ghost-writer for OJ Simpson’s book about the trial, “If I Did It.”
5. Lance Ito and the State Supreme Court
Supposedly, when Lance Ito was a prosecutor, he despised California’s liberal Supreme Court so much. He took it to a new extreme when he had a custom vanity license plate made for his car, referring to them as “7 BOZOS.” He drove around like that.
6. The Mark Fuhrman-Nicole Brown Simpson Rumor
There were reports that Mark Fuhrman bragged to other officers about having sex with Nicole Brown Simpson and complimented her “boob job.” Two detectives who were said to have heard the bragging later denied it. Johnnie Cochran repeatedly brought up the “boob job” talk in court on Sept. 1, 1995.
7. The Juror Who Gave The Salute Was An Ex-Black Panther
The show actually did accurately show a juror giving OJ Simpson a black power salute. What it didn’t include was that the juror, Lionel Cryer, was an actual former Black Panther. No one is sure how the prosecutors could have allowed for him to be left on the panel.
8. OJ’s Son Vs. OJ
Simpson’s son, Jason, once took a bat to OJ’s statue of himself and tried to smash it. Though it happened when he was young, the prosecution tried to make it out as if it was about the case. Jason said in a deposition that he wasn’t mad at his dad. “I wanted a party, and I was gonna throw a party, and I got busted. My dad found out that I was going to have a party that night. He said I couldn’t have a party.”
9. The “Real Killer”
One defense investigator, former LAPD officer Bill Pavelic, spent a lot of his time before the trial looking for different theories about who may have killed Nicole and Ron. He would go to Robert Shapiro’s office almost daily with a new theory. One theory was that it was a “gay hit.” The biggest issue with the theory was that Goldman was not gay.