June 17, 1994.
It’s hard to believe it’s been over 14 years since the White Bronco Chase.
While the wheels of justice sometimes turn slowly, it appears that Johnny Law has finally caught up with OJ Simpson.
Thirteen years to the day since he was acquitted of killing Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, Orenthal James Simpson was convicted by a Las Vegas jury Friday of 12 counts related to a botched hotel room robbery.
As the charges include kidnapping and armed robbery, he faces the possibility of life in prison.
Justice delayed is justice denied some would say. I don’t know quite what to say.
As someone old enough to remember OJ winning the Heisman Trophy as a running back at USC – and jumping through airports in Hertz commercials – I think his belief in his own invincibility finally got the best of him.
Invincibility? Let’s face it; on top of being skirt chasing, award winning celebrity and sports star for most of his life, the man literally got away with murder!
I remember very clearly watching the Bronco Chase on TV and being utterly bewildered. OJ the golden boy, the actor, product endorser, world-class athlete and handsome example of the possibilities offered to every American no matter their race or background – a bloodthirsty murderer?
My head felt like it was going to pop. Psychologists call it Cognitive Dissonance.
That feeling was even stronger when he beat the double-murder rap a year later. I didn’t think there was a serious chance he would be convicted this time.
Well Juice, I guess we never knew ya’.
Strange postscript to this story kids:
Friday October 3, 2008 was the day of OJ’s conviction – and of the Richard and Mayumi Heene’s appearance on Wife Swap.
So what? When I visited the Heene’s in Los Angeles several years ago, they were living on Bundy Drive, the same street as the Simpson murder house.
Coincidence? I don’t think so!