The seven hour series comes at a time when O.J.’s name has been back in the news and the public consciousness, partly to so with the television series about the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, but also because so much about the case and O.J. Simpson’s life continues to fascinate.
Again, this week his name made international headlines because of something quite surprising that an old friend of his said about O.J. confessing one day.
That old friend, former LAPD officer Ron Shipp, who testified in the 1995 murder trial, and who’s written a booked called The Heart Behind the Badge, joined Simi Sara in studio.
Friends for 26 years
Up until the trial, he had been friends with O.J. for 26 years, ever since Shipp’s brother has played football with him in high school. That ended when the trial began.
“I have not spoken to O.J. Simpson since I talked to him sitting on the stand, sitting in the courtroom, and I told him to the tell the truth and a few other things.”
Shipp says when he became a cop he patrolled in the area of O.J.’s home in West LA, and during that time he became friends with the Simpson family.
He had never heard of any problems until 1989 when O.J. was charged with domestic abuse.
“And that was the first time that I realized that something was actually wrong…I used to teach domestic violence for the LA police department, and she (Nicole) had me go over there and bring my lesson plan, and I went over stuff with her and she saw all the different profiles of the batterer and she ‘oh my god, this is O.J., can you please talk to him about this.'”
Shipp ended up counselling the couple, which is why he testified in the murder trial.
When suspicion set in
After the murders happened, Shipp says he started to suspect O.J. might be guilty after a conversation they had together the night after the murders. O.J. asked him about taking a lie detector, which he had refused to do.
“I said, ‘why wouldn’t you take it O.J.?” and he says, ‘Well to be truthful, I had dreams of killing her.’ That was one thing, and then he asks how long does it take for DNA to come back – the results of DNA – and I’m sitting there looking at this heavily bandaged finger that he told me he cut himself in Chicago, You know, coincidentally he has a cut finger the day after his ex-wife had been murdered. “
He says it was that, and a couple other things that made him think “this guy possibly did it.”
And when O.J. was acquitted, Shipp was shocked because he says there so much evidence against him.
“Of course they jumped all over the LAPD on this one,because they said ‘oh they didn’t cross their t’s or dot their i’s’ – and that’s not true. If this would have been you or me, we’d still be in prison right now.”
Why OJ will confess
When O.J. was acquitted, says Shipp, the first thing he did was go to church again.
“He knows unless he confesses to what he did, he’ll be tormented the rest of his life.”