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SOTU- 2014
          Twenty Years After the O.J. Simpson Trial
Posted Thursday, June 12, 2014
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    After the trial and then watching My Brother The Serial Killer, I was certain
    that O.J. did not murder them.  However, after he received a 33-year sentence
    for kidnapping, I quietly began to believe he did it and it was his payback, but
    that was between him and God.

    If I was O.J. Simpson and I had just been found not guilty, I would not have
    been seen in public every other week - smiling every time a camera was in
    focus, but no, he was O.J. Simpson!  Every chance he got he was there on
    television as if he was taunting his accusers.

After the murder trial, it was evident that he was no longer respected as an heisman trophy winner; instead, he was
known as the man who got a way with murder.  But he just would not go away!  After the murders, I recall watching him
during an interview and he proved that he was not appreciated nor accepted anywhere when people playing golf walked
off the golf course due to his presence.  He then proved it again when he tried to get a reservation at a posh restaurant.  
At first the host said they would be able to accommodate a last minute call, but when they learned the reservation was for
him, they quickly said they were booked full.  During that same interview, passerby's with cameras were filming him as if
he was a spectacle or some type of rare commodity…an animal…a scary beast…a murderer.  I thought that he would
have been better off if he went to live in Belize - for at least a decade.

After watching Dateline's "The People vs. O.J. Simpson - What The Jury Never Heard", I still have no idea if O.J. killed
them and I do not think I will.

After last night, I say they left me were I was from the beginning:
1.) O.J. did it but they will not be able to prove that he did.
2.) O.J. did not do it and they must continue to seek the murder or murders.
Last night after watching Dateline's "The People vs. O.J. Simpson - What The Jury Never
Heard", I still have no idea if O.J. Simpson killed his ex-wife, Nicole Brown-Simpson and her
friend, Ron Goldman and I do not think I ever will.

Before the trial, I thought O.J. was guilty.

Twenty years ago when the trial began, I begin to think that he may have done it but the
prosecutors were not going to be able to prove that he did.

Before the trial even begun, some of my White friends thought he was guilty while the majority of
my Black friends and family members had mixed opinions.  Some of my Black family members
said that they actually thought he was guilty while a few others said that he was innocent.  I still
had mixed feelings.

According to the prosecution, there were socks "soaked with blood" on the carpet in the bedroom.  
They said the socks were "soaking with blood" and in my mind, I imagined/pictured just that: socks
soaked with blood.  However, with that much blood, I would think that the carpet would have been
ruined under the mat, seeped underneath through the fibers and into the pad where it reached the
bottom of the carpet, but it was not.  Just the top of the carpet had blood on it - in a single
particular place - as if the "soaked bloody socks" were placed there.

I like Josh Mankiewicz  but he only briefly mentioned the blood evidence.

For me, it was not just Mark Fuhrman's testimony that ruined the prosecution's case but it was the
detective (Philip Vannatter?) who was carrying around valves of blood in his pocket and [did] not
turn it over to be logged into the evidence room.  In addition, it was questionable as to what could
be seen at night on a fence.  One detective claimed to have seen blood on the fence BEFORE he
entered the house.  It seemed as though they had already suspected O.J.  It was as if they were
going to make sure they had enough evidence and if not, they would plant it.

Back then, I said perhaps O.J. did it, but that the prosecution was not able to prove he did; they
left more questions than answers.

After the trial was finally over, I was sure O.J. did not do it, but then when he wanted to write a
book titled, "If I did it." I said to myself, "
That Black man just got away with murder!"

When a woman claimed she saw O.J. standing outside in the dark, I told my spouse she was
"straight up lying."  And when they aired
My Brother The Serial Killer, a White man said the
man he saw standing outside on that street corner was definitely not White, I thought of that
woman and thought those certainly were conflicting stories.

As the years came and went, I began to question if he did it with help.

When I watched
My Brother The Serial Killer the family of Glen Rogers tells the story of how
their brother was a dangerous successive murderer.  Glen Rogers' brother, Clay and their sister,
Sue Rogers described how Glen was raised and his actions over the years.  Clay wanted to know
how his brother became a monster and both he and Sue, wonder if Glen is behind the murders of
Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman.  Some reports have said that Glen Rogers is responsible for
murdering over 70 people, with victims in Ohio, California, Mississippi, Florida and Louisiana.

After watching
My Brother The Serial Killer, I questioned if O.J. helped Rogers with the
murders, but then when I thought of the documentary, I could not help but believe that Rogers was
a very arrogant serial killer.  He just did not seem to be type of guy to share in a murder.  I could
not help but believe that he would have been too egotistical to have someone help him with his
murders.  While listening to his family describe him, Rogers seemed to enjoy killing people.  He
was a selfish killer and enjoyed it so much so, he would not have wanted or needed anyone's help;
savoring in the thought of doing it alone.  For some reason, I do not believe that O.J. would have
been in on it with the Rogers, as it would have left another witness.  I just do not believe O.J. was
part of it.  But then again, I am not a criminal profiler and I could be wrong.  (I was wrong once,
but then later learned I was right.)
Clark, Simpson, Cochran
Dateline's "The People vs. O.J. Simpson - What The Jury Never Heard" was a waste of two hours.  No answers after
those wasted two hours.  After two whole hours, the only thing I learned was that they dressed up the house, and if that
is all I am going to learn, then I want those two hours of my life back!

Alternatively, it was nice to hear from one of the jurors, as it told me just what I thought happened during deliberation:
They wanted to get the heck out of there and just wanted to return to their everyday normal lives and I could not blame
them.  In fact, I remember feeling sorry for them.  I remember feeling sympathetic that some people blamed them for not
being able to find him guilty - as if it took a rocket scientist to figure out commonsense.  Some people said it was because
it was a mostly Black jury, as though Blacks were not smart enough to decide if another Black man was guilty.  Although
it does not make it right Whites do it all the time, and most importantly, Johnny Cochran was not the only one who picked
that jury - Marsha Clark and Christopher Darden did too.

I knew if I were on that jury, I would have come to the same conclusion: It is questionable if O.J. Simpson murdered
Nicole Brown-Simpson and Ron Goldman and because the prosecution did not prove that he did, then he must be found
"Not Guilty!"