Fiancee JM reminds me that it's the 10th anniversary of the OJ Simpson verdict!
Ten years ago today, an estimated 150 million people gathered in living rooms, newsrooms, classrooms, storage rooms, department stores, restaurants and wherever they could find a television set to watch the conclusion of a true crime story that had riveted the nation for more than a year.
Americans were spellbound by the case of the People of the State of California vs. Orenthal James Simpson, with its hot button issues of race, fame, wealth and domestic violence. It turned the cast of characters into household names, shaped future media coverage and presented a distorted view of criminal proceedings.
The former NFL star running back, B movie actor and rental car pitchman was on trial for the murder of his former wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman, a casual acquaintance. Both were found stabbed to death outside her Los Angeles home.
What has happened to this "cast of characters"?
Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman: still dead.
Johnnie Cochran: also dead, thought not (apparently) at the hands of OJ Simpson.
Marcia Clark: wrote Without a Doubt, a book about her inept prosecution.
Kato Kaelin: took up Brad Pitt impersonation after a brief talk-radio career failed.
Lance Ito: still a Los Angeles Superior Court judge, after the failure of his "Dancing Itos" troupe.
Mark Fuhrman: life ruined by accusations of racism, Detective Fuhrman resigned from his job after the case and started solving crimes freelance, such as that of Martha Moxley.