It’s been several days since FOX aired the special O.J. Simpson: The Lost Confession? which was anchored by interview footage from a 2006 conversation between O.J. Simpson and publisher Judith Regan, leaving audiences stunned and wondering, “Did O.J. confess?”
A panel made up of attorney Christopher Darden, who was part of the prosecution team in the O.J. trial; Nicole Brown Simpson’s family rep Eve Shakti Chen; anti-domestic violence advocate Rita Smith; and retired FBI profiler Jim Clemente discuss O.J.’s mannerisms and admissions and what it means to them in their areas of expertise.
Here are four stunning moments and admissions from the fascinating lost interview:
Despite his actions, he says he wasn’t stalking Nicole
According to this interview, O.J. seemed to be very upset about his divorce with Nicole and her having relationships with other men during and after their marriage. Her close friends accused him of stalking her, which he denies while simultaneously describing a night of what seemed to be just that.
He talks about running into Nicole at a restaurant opening with his “crew,” and later that night stopping by her house to see if she was home so he could “get some.” Much to his dismay, he could see she was “involved in something” with someone through the front window, so he “hit” the door and left — he’s very clear about “hitting” the door and not knocking.
The next morning, he returns to Nicole’s house to confront her and her lover. He said they had made a promise to each other when they decided to split that if one decided to get involved with someone, they would alert the other, something he contradicts later when he describes Nicole calling him to tell him she’s pregnant and he says he wasn’t sure why she called to tell him and it was “something I didn’t need to know.”
As he’s hypothetically describing what happened the night of Nicole and Ron Goldman’s murders, he mentions a friend named Charlie was with him
As O.J. describes in great detail what might’ve happened the night of the murders, he refers to someone named Charlie, who was with him that night. He describes Charlie as a guy he’d recently become friends with and Charlie told him he wouldn’t believe what was going on at Nicole’s house — O.J. also points out he’s not sure why Charlie was there — and O.J. decides whatever is going on there “has to stop.” So, they head over to her house in the white Bronco. He says Charlie talked him out of taking the knife that was under his driver’s seat, but instead Charlie took it.
“I remember grabbing the knife — I do remember that portion, grabbing the knife from Charlie, and to be honest, after that I don’t remember except I’m standing there and there’s all kinds of stuff around.”
During his hypothetical retelling of Nicole and Ron’s murders, he mentions the gloves
Easily one of the most infamous moments of O.J.’s trial was the moment he tried on the gloves found at the murder scene and they seemingly didn’t fit with attorney Johnny Cochran exclaiming, “If it don’t fit, you must acquit!”
That moment was a turning point for the defense securing their case, so imagine the frustration of Christopher Darden as he watches O.J. hypothetically explain what happened on June 12 and describes taking off one of his gloves before taking the knife from Charlie.
When Regan asks him about taking the glove off, O.J. said, “I had no conscious memory of doing that but obviously I must’ve because they found a glove there. ”
He was surprised anyone thought he would murder two people
O.J. said repeatedly throughout the interview in different ways his reputation and how people perceived him was very important to him, and it sounded like he felt betrayed During a break of filming, Regan even mentioned O.J. accusing her of not expecting to like him going into this interview but he changed her mind.
“To this day, it bugs me that it seems that people wanted me to be guilty, and that really, really bothered me,” he said.
Watch O.J. Simpson: The Lost Confession? on FOX on-demand now.