‘The People vs O.J. Simpson’ Shines A New Light On A Sensational Story
O.J. Simpson used to be a celebrated footballer, a famous broadcaster and a big-screen actor. Now, he’s known for just one thing.
In 1994, he was arrested and charged with the brutal murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman. They were found dead outside Nicole’s house in the early hours of the morning, both with multiple stab wounds. Nicole’s injuries were so violent, her larynx could be seen protruding out of her neck. She had almost been decapitated.
Police attempting to inform Simpson of his ex-wife’s death found a bloody Ford Bronco outside his house. Fearing that he could have been hurt as well, they climbed the gate, and searched the grounds, eventually stumbling across a blood-stained glove. It was quickly discovered that this paired with a glove found at the crime scene, which instantly made Simpson a suspect.
After a televised high speed car chase, OJ was eventually arrested and charged with the two murders. What followed would turn out to be one of the most sensational, highly publicised trials ever to be heard in American court.
It was the natural choice for the first instalment of true crime anthology series, American Crime Story.
Starring Cuba Gooding Jr., Sarah Paulson, Courtney B. Vance, David Schwimmer, Sterling K. Brown and John Travolta, The People vs O.J. Simpson makes for compulsive viewing from the start. It doesn’t pull any punches – never shying away from the more disturbing elements to the case.
An early scene sees police searching Nicole’s house, when one of her and OJ’s kids (being looked after at the police station) calls home. As detectives are investigating Nicole’s murder, her child leaves a message on the answerphone, tearfully begging her to come and pick them up.
With The People vs O.J. Simpson, we all know how the story ends. But this doesn’t take away from the ten episodes, each of them fascinating and gripping as they shine a new light on one of the most polemic trials in history. This is the kind of television that doesn’t come around very often.
American Crime Story: The People vs O.J. Simpson is available to watch on Netflix.
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