Can We Get Worked Up About Abuse?

As the O.J. Simpson case continues to unfold, the national spotlight has begun to focus on the horrors of domestic violence and the abuse of women.

In 1989, Simpson pleaded “no contest” to abusing his then wife, and the recent release of 911 tapes gave a glimpse of one of his abusive tirades.

Ms. Chapman pointed out, “It takes something like Nicole Brown Simpson losing her life to get people all worked up…

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This Had NOTHING To Do With Me!

The stormy nine-year relationship between O.J. Simpson and his brutally murdered ex-wife, Nicole Brown, was peppered with violent fights triggered by the football hero’s explosive fits of jealousy.

Insiders describe Nicole’s union with O.J. as a “marriage from hell” and say the two years since their divorce were filled with rows over getting back together and her dating other men – which often had to be broken up by the police.

It was a love-hate relationship. O.J., 46, couldn’t live with the 35-year-old blonde – and didn’t seem to be able to live without her, either… Continue reading This Had NOTHING To Do With Me!

Footnote to an Astonishing Fate?

After the bloody steps, the heart-rending funerals, the surreal chase through the twilight of Los Angeles, O.J. Simpson surrendered himself into the darkness his life has become.

It was a peaceful end, a surprisingly peaceful end, to a week that was drenched in trauma, tension and blood. Continue reading Footnote to an Astonishing Fate?

An Electric Aberration?

Only in California can crime conform so neatly to cinema.

When it was all over, a former sports hero, whose colossal likability had fueled a career in TV, movies and endorsements – who had acquired wealth and important friends and who moved through life with an effortless grace – was in jail, charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of his former wife. Continue reading An Electric Aberration?

TOO Little? TOO Late!

Like many cases of domestic violence, the story of O.J. and Nicole Brown Simpson’s stormy relationship fits a disturbing pattern – a pattern of official intervention that came too late and did too little.

As his horrified fans now know, Simpson was arrested for spousal battery after an incident at the couple’s Brentwood home on New Year’s Day, 1989.

The Simpson case is an American tragedy in every respect, but not merely because of O.J.’s celebrity and vast popularity.
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