For more than two decades, the murder of O.J. Simpson’s ex-wife Nicole in 1994 has been a subject of sustained interest, as has the criminal trial. This is because of the enormous dramas and publicity surrounding the litigation. So much has been said, written and implied about the murder of America. While it’s still a mystery how Nicole’s brutal knifing happened, Nicole Brown Simpson’s condo where the murder took place still stands. Take a look at the apartment that survived the crime.
Nicole Brown Simpson Bio
Nicole Brown was born on 19 May 1959 in Frankfurt am Main. Her parents, Juditha Anna Brown and Louis Hezekiel Brown, came from Germany and the USA respectively. Nicole was educated at Rancho Alamitos High School in Garden Grove, California. She later joined Dana Hills High School in Dana Point, California.
She died in 1994 in a brutal murder that captured the nation. She was married to a professional football player and actor O.J. Simpson but was divorced from the NFL star at the time of her murder. They were blessed with two children: Sydney and Justin.
On June 13, 1994, Nicole and her close friend, a 25-year-old American waiter, Ron Goldman, were both killed in their home in Brentwood, Los Angeles, California. Ron was also a part-time model and aspiring actor who longed to live a prominent lifestyle.
The then 35-year-old mother was found in a heavy pool of blood. A post-mortem report came to the conclusion that Brown was stabbed several times in the neck and scalp. She also had a 140 mm deep incision through her throat, causing damage to both her right and left carotid arteries. As a result, her right and left jugular veins were torn, preventing good circulation. In fact, the wound on her neck was so deep that it penetrated her cervical vertebrae about 19 mm deep and almost removed her head. Nicole also had some wounds in her hands indicating that she might have made great efforts to defend herself. More plausible appeared evidence that the former soccer player committed the murder himself.
As a result, Simpson was charged with both murders. Nevertheless, he was exonerated in 1995 but was held responsible for the murders in a civil suit in 1997. He was ordered to pay a fine of $33.5 million to the Brown and Goldman families in a corrective damages case for the family. Sometime in 2007, exactly 13 years to the day, Simpson was acquitted for the murder, which looks like Karma had gotten involved with the ex-sports champion. He was caught and sentenced to 33 years for stealing sports memorabilia in a Las Vegas hotel.
To this day, the murder remains a mystery. The former sports star once hypothetically described how he could have committed the murder in an interview with FOX. He suggested that an accomplice might have been involved. In the same hypothetical context, Simpson agreed that he would eventually take a knife from his mysterious friend Charlie to confront a man standing in front of Nicole Brown Simpson’s house.
He also claimed that he and his then estranged wife Nicole had met before the incident at their daughter’s lecture. During the event, the former NFL felt frightened back as Nicole had tried to be a teenager again, dress and act as he deemed inappropriate. She also mingled with younger men. So he got fed up thinking about the influence it would have on his children. He and Charlie left, were urged after the event to confront Nicole in her house.
Nicole, who was out to get them out of her house, fell and injured herself during the quarrel. This led to Ronald Lyle Goldman, who according to Simpson had said he had come to drop the glasses Nicole had forgotten during the evening to defend her. As things warmed up, Simpson claimed that he was not in conscious memory of other things that followed.
How Their Love Started
Nicole and her ex-husband were connected in 1977. At that time Nicole worked as a waitress in a private club called Daisy. The club was located in Beverly Hills. She was only eighteen years old, while Simpson, who was still married to his first wife, was 30 years old with Marguerite. Their relationship began when Simpson was married. In March 1979, Simpson divorced his first wife and nine years later tied the knots with Brown. This was five years after Simpson retired from professional football.
They stayed married for seven years and had Sydney and Justin. Brown, however, filed for divorce on February 25, 1992, citing irreconcilable differences. The ex-lovers tried to get back together in 1993, but it probably didn’t work out.
Nicole Brown Simpson Condo – Then And Now
The Nicole Brown Simpson apartment automatically became a tourist attraction because Nicole Brown and her friend Ron were murdered there. The apartment had 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, various terraces, 3 fireplaces and a sun deck on the roof. It was reported that before Nicole’s death she had set up the place for a lease. After her death, the three-story house remained empty for years, but fortunately, it was sold later in 1997 for around $590,000 ($200,000 less than the offer price). The new owner was redesigned in detail and had the address changed from 875 South Bundy Drive to 879. Sometime in 2006, the 3,400 square meter condo was sold again for $1.7 million.
Her Children And Sisters
Simpson was given full custody of Syndey and Justin. Nicole’s parents tried everything they could to challenge this, but without success. Meanwhile, in 1994, in loving memory of Nicole, a foundation called the Nicole Brown Foundation was established. It was later renamed The Nicole Brown Charitable Foundation. One of her sisters, Denis Brown, has tried to protect her purpose of bringing awareness, inspiration, and education to American communities. Her other sisters include Tanya Brown and Dominique Brown.