Orenthal James Simpson, commonly known as O.J. Simpson, is well known for various things: for one, his professional football career with the NFL as a running back and two, for being very rich and quite the catch. However, on June 12, 1994, he gained notoriety, when he was charged with the murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend, Ron Goldman. The brutalized bodies of the duo were found outside Nicole’s Los Angeles home.
Their murders became a media frenzy in what has been dubbed the “Trial of the Century.” Days after their deaths, Simpson was charged with two counts of murder with special circumstances. He attempted to evade the police and led them on a high-speed chase for 60 miles, from Orange County until he arrived at his residence.
Though he was charged with their murders, he was declared not guilty merely eight months after his trial began on January 24, 1995. Nevertheless, the aggrieved families of the victims later filed and won a civil lawsuit against O.J Simpson, totaling $33.5 million.
Despite the outcome of the trial, Simpson has been massacred in the court of public opinion, with some alluding to incompetence’s of the justice system as the reason for his acquittal. But do you know exactly what happened? Or are you just up to date with the rumors? Test your knowledge with our quiz!