Since 1994, former American football running back O. J. Simpson has been making headlines, not for his skill on the field, but for the gruesome murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson.
The deceased was discovered in a pool of her own blood in her California home along with a friend of hers, a waiter identified as Ron Goldman. The aftermath of this shocking discovery was probably one of the most publicized murders of all time, with the retired NFL player as the prime suspect. Two decades later, other startling details continue to emerge about the circumstances leading to the death of the young mother of two in her prime. Here is what we know so far.
Nicole Brown Simpson’s Bio
A German woman named Juditha Anne Brown and Louis Hezekiel Brown, an American man welcomed Nicole as their bundle of joy on May 19, 1959. Her birth took place in Frankfurt, West Germany.
Her pursuit of education led her to the Rancho-Alamitos High School in Garden Grove, California, but she did not graduate there, as she later graduated from Dana Hills High School in Dana Point, California. Apparently, her education did not continue beyond high school because there is no record of a college degree in her name. She also worked as a waitress from the age of eighteen.
How She Met Simpson
The retired running back swept Nicole Brown Simpson off her feet when they met in a club in 1977. She was a waitress at the club known as The Daisy. Despite the fact that he was still married to Marguerite, his first wife, and Nicole was only eighteen years old, Simpson entered into a relationship with her and divorced his wife in 1979.
As the coast cleared up, Simpson and Brown made their relationship official in a wedding ceremony on February 2, 1985. Yet what seemed like a fairy tale turned into a nightmare seven years and two children later. Due to irreconcilable differences, Nicole filed for divorce on February 25, 1992; apparently, O. j. Simpson had turned her into a punching bag and she could not take it anymore.
When And Why Was She Murdered?
Nicole Brown Simpson, who lived with her two children at 875 South Bundy Drive in Brentwood, Los Angeles, California, after she left her husband, was 35 years old at the time of her death. She must have been making plans for that fateful day but was no longer alive to carry them out when her body was discovered in the early morning hours of June 13, 1994. She and her friend Ron Goldman were brutally murdered and left in a pool of blood.
An autopsy performed on her revealed seven stab wounds in her neck and scalp. She also received a fatal 140 mm (5.5 inches) long wound to the neck, severing her left and right carotid arteries. The dangerous cut also severed her right and left carotid artery. In addition, the cut on her neck nearly tore her head from her body, as it went up to 19 mm deep into her cervical vertebrae. Some defensive wounds on her hands indicate that she was fighting for her life.
Her ex-husband was charged with the murder of Nicole and Ron, and although he was acquitted a year later, he was held responsible for the tragic incident after a civil suit in 1997. He was subsequently ordered to pay $33.5 million in punitive damages to both families of the deceased.
To this day it remains an unsolved mystery why and who ended the lives of Nicole and her friend.
Nicole Brown Simpson’s Kids, Sister
Before her heartbreaking murder, Nicole was the mother of two children, Sydney and Justin Simpson, born in 1985 and 1988 respectively, when she was still enjoying marital bliss with O. J. Simpson. When the high-profile murder trial ended in 1996, Simpson’s application for full custody of his two children was approved by a judge, and all efforts by Nicole’s parents to reverse the decision proved unsuccessful.
To commemorate the murdered German-American beauty, a foundation called the Nicole Simpson Foundation was established in 1994. The foundation, which later took the name – Nicole Brown Charitable Foundation – aims to educate communities through education, awareness-raising, and other possible means. Nicole’s sister, Denise Brown, was brought into the spotlight after some financial controversy that arose over the foundation. As a result, donations did not come in as they did before, and this affected the foundation of the charity.