Lost O.J. Simpson ‘hypothetical’ confession lives up to the hype: Forget what you thought you knew

O.J. Simpson, the man most of America is convinced murdered two people in cold blood and got away with it because of his wealth and celebrity status, confessed to the crime in a 2006 interview with Judith Regan.


Fox News aired the interview — which was said to be “lost” until recently — Sunday night, with the alleged killer describing a hypothetical account of his actions in the murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman.

In the interview, Simpson laughs and jokes throughout as he talked about the grisly murder of his ex-wife and her friend, revealing stunning details based on his book “If I Did It.”

Hypothetical details.

Simpson prosecutor Christopher Darden, who was seated on a panel to comment on the interview, saw it differently.

“I think he’s confessed to murder,” Darden said of the video footage.

At one point in the interview, the alleged murderer told Regan, “[W]e are out of the hypothetical now.”

In fact, Simpson can be seen slipping from the hypothetical and talking in the first person as described Goldman taking a karate stance.

“You think you can kick my ass?” Simpson said he asked Goldman. “I remember I grabbed the knife.” Simpson said the next thing he knew, he was standing in “all kinds of … blood and stuff.”

“I hate to say it, but this is hypothetical,” he quickly interjected with a hearty laugh, as he realized that he was giving a very descriptive first person account.

Simpson shifts much of the responsibility for the crime to a mysterious companion he named “Charlie,” and talked about how Nicole fell and hurt herself.

“He may try to describe it as a hypothetical, but of course, it becomes ‘I’ — ‘I did this,’ ‘I felt this,’ ‘I saw this,’” Darden said. “This notion of ‘Charlie,’ Charlie is O.J. This is no hypothetical, this is reality.”

Simpson mentioned in the interview that he left a glove behind at the murder scene — the same glove supposedly planted at the scene to frame the alleged killer.

In another clip, O.J. describes how people cheered for him during the infamous Bronco chase. He also said he was listening to then-CBS News anchor Dan Rather on the radio.

Simpson credited Rather with “saving my life” by awakening him to the fact that he’s a wife beater, which prompted him to surrender to the police.

At another point, Simpson said that he went to confront his ex-wife out of concern for the children they shared — in effect, justifying domestic violence.

“I went to her house and I read her the riot act,” he said. “I did what any father would do, and yet people listened to that tape and made me this horrible person.”

One of the most chilling moments was when Simpson described how terrible he felt that he no longer had control over Nicole after the murder. He was mad at her after death because she made him do it. He said that he kept warning her not to push him and she didn’t listen.

The airing of the highly anticipated interview brought an element of shock to even the most hard-core followers of the case. Permission was granted by the families of the victims to air the sick and twisted hypothetical confession.


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