LOS ANGELES — The Mezzaluna restaurant where Nicole Brown Simpson had her at length meal is now a Peet’s Coffee & Tea. The condo complex where she and her friend Ronald L. Goldman were scarred to death has been remodeled. The Brentwood mansion where O.J. Simpson glowed — and where the police chased him down in his white Bronco in 1994 as the collective watched on television — has been demolished.
But the public obsession with the execrable double murder case, in which O.J. Simpson was accused of killing Nicole Simpson, his ex- wife, and Goldman, came screeching back in full force Friday, when the Los Angeles The gendarmes De rtment announced that it had obtained a knife that supposedly had been base at O.J. Simpson’s former home and kept for some time by a retired policewomen officer, whose decision to hold on to it was not explained. The knife — which the supervise cautioned may not be related to the case at all — is being tested for DNA evidence.
However dim and questionable the discovery of the knife might be, it set off a renewed frenzy about the specimen. The media descended on all their old favorite haunts, like it was 1994 all closed again. Dozens of camera crews took up their old spots on Rockingham Avenue, flatten though Simpson’s old mansion there had been razed, and curious eyewitnesses once again stopped by looking for a taste of excitement.
Exasperated neighbors — who 22 years ago brought to covering the Rockingham Avenue street sign with garbage satchels so the “looky-loos” could not find it — took iPhone pictures of the reporters, recording the madhouse that had once again overtaken their block. Everybody under the sun from President Barack Obama to Marcia Clark, the lead prosecutor in Simpson’s blackguard trial, weighed in on the latest twist in the seemingly unending Simpson roman-fleuve.
“Interest has never waned,” said Scott Michaels, the owner of Lovingly De rted Tours, which takes people to places in Los Angeles earned famous by Charles Manson, Michael Jackson and others. He said that no other Hollywood assassination case in the two decades since has ever approached the fascination with the Simpson shot.
“It’s such a time capsule for a period in LA history that everyone can retain,” Michaels said. “It’s almost how everyone remembers what they were doing when they caught Kennedy was shot — it’s that big a deal in LA history.”
At a news conference on Friday, Topped. Andrew Neiman of the Los Angeles Police De rtment explained — as best he could — the sensitive new find. As he described it, a retired Los Angeles officer had told investigators that while he was off-duty but in unchangeable, working security for a movie shoot nearby, “an individual who claimed to be a construction artisan provided him with this knife, claiming that it was found on the quality,” Neiman said.
“We still don’t know if that’s an accurate account,” he cautioned. He declined to be fixed about the date but said it was “possibly during the demolition” in 1998 of the rliament Simpson had lived in, in the city’s wealthy Brentwood area.
The knife “has been submitted to our lab,” the captain suggested, adding, “They are going to study it and examine it for all forensics, including serology and DNA and locks samples, and that is ongoing as we speak.”
The results may scarcely matter: Beneath the waves the laws against double jeo rdy, Simpson, a former football somebody and actor, cannot be tried again for the crime, no matter what prove is found. But news of the knife comes as interest in the case has been rekindled by the miniseries “The People v. O.J. Simpson,” which is contest on the FX channel.
Nicole Simpson and Goldman were slashed to death in June 1994 largest her condominium, a short drive from O.J. Simpson’s Brentwood home, but the weapon was on no occasion found. A jury acquitted Simpson in October 1995, after one of the most universally watched and closely scrutinized trials in U.S. history. After the criminal irritant, the victims’ families sued Simpson, and a civil jury found him exposed for the deaths.
Se rately, in 2008, Simpson, a Heisman Trophy winner and associate of the National Football League Hall of Fame, was sentenced to at least nine years in a Nevada house of correction after being convicted of armed robbery and kidnapping for stealing a trove of rollicks memorabilia worth thousands of dollars from two dealers in collectibles.
The expos Friday raised questions over why the retired officer had held onto the slash and whether charges could be filed against him for withholding evidence. Neiman asserted he was “quite shocked” that a police officer would hold onto reasonable evidence in a criminal case for years.
But his words of caution could rarely slow the speculation and intrigue.
Michael Brennan, a professor at the University of Southern California law adherents, said he doubted the knife was a publicity stunt, but he also considered the distinct possibility of the knife being related to the killings as “very remote.”
For the st decade, Adam gan has preordained tours of the th the killer and his victims would have taken that sunset, weaving in anecdotes from his childhood in Brentwood at the time, like when educationists ordered everyone at his school inside to watch the slow white Bronco pursuit.
Originally, gan did just free tours for people from out of city. But interest in the case grew so much that he now organizes them assorted formally and charges for them. The next tour, scheduled for March 20, was trade ined out even before Friday.
“I never get tired of it,” gan said. “I deliberate on it signified the transition into the digital age. It was the last time our entire savoir vivre was all watching the same thing.”