Did O.J. kill Nicole? It's one of the most famous unsolved crimes, so well-known that America held its breath while awaiting the trial verdict - and again in 2016 when a special mini-series based on the crime aired on TV. But, like any good unsolved mystery, there are as many crazy O.J. conspiracy theories as there are cold, hard facts. There's no dispute Nicole Brown Simpson, ex-wife of O.J., and her friend Ron Goldman were killed. They were stabbed multiple times and the crime scene was brutal. But what actually happened? Was it O.J. killing his ex-wife out of rage or something more nefarious?
Was it white supremacists? O.J.'s son? Or, in good old American tradition, is the Illuminati to blame? No one has been convicted criminally for Nicole's death. So who killed Nicole Brown Simpson? You decide.
O.J.'s Son Did It
Could it be that Jason Simpson, O.J.'s son from a previous marriage, was so obsessed with his step mom that it led him to murder? That was private detective Bill Dear’s suspicion. He thought that, in a jealous rage after she skipped out on a dinner he organized, Jason went mental and killed her. In his version, O.J. was only involved in helping with the clean up. Dear was so sure this was the case he talked about it in a BBC documentary and then published a book. The title? O.J. Is Guilty but Not of Murder. Some people went with his theory, but others thought it was too circumstantial and didn't explain why O.J.'s blood was at the scene in a plausible way.
It Was To Settle A Drug Debt
If there is a group of people you don't want to mess with, it's drug dealers. Some - including O.J.'s lawyer Johnnie Cochran - argued Nicole owed money to some drug dealers. There have been a lot of rumors about addiction. The theory goes they were looking for her friend Faye Resnick, but somehow Nicole ended up dead in the crossfire. Resnick has denied this and even wrote about it in a bestselling book, but some people remain convinced.
It Was CTE's Fault
CTE, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy, is a progressive degenerative disease. The cause? Repeated blows to the head, like one might find in, say, professional football. It leads to atrophy and a decrease in brain weight, among other devastating effects. The interesting part for this theory is that CTE has been linked to erratic behavior, poor judgment, and other personality-distorting behaviors. Could that be what led O.J. to alleged murder? That's the problem - we can't find out if he has the condition until after he's dead, as diagnosis requires an autopsy.
It Was A Father/Son Affair
With so many people believing either O.J. or his son Jason did it, it's unsurprising there are some who believe it was actually a joint enterprise. This theory was discussed by the experts on the Real Crime Profile podcast, which included allegations Jason had previously threatened girlfriends and managers with a knife. Which, considering Brown was stabbed to death, seems suspicious. Plus, the idea they did it together would explain O.J.'s blood at the crime scene. Others have pointed out that killing two people in a small enclosure would be very difficult for one person, so maybe a double team does make sense.