Remember that old knife a retired LAPD officer-turned security-guard kept for over 10 years after getting it from a construction worker who found it on O.J. Simpson’s old property in 2001? The knife that was only recently turned over to cops conveniently just as The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story was in the middle of airing Tuesdays on FX? Well, it’s probably not the murder weapon.
That is, according to an LAPD official, who told the Associated Press there’s a strong likelihood the knife wasn’t involved at all in the 1994 murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman. The AP reports:
The official said the knife is commonly used among gardeners and was too small to make the wounds that killed Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.
The official was not authorized to publicly discuss the investigation and spoke only on condition of anonymity.
Another officer, Ricardo Hernandez, told People, “We can’t say for sure that it is or it isn’t” the murder weapon.
“It appears that it isn’t.”
Oh. So we know nothing. Results won’t be final until after testing on the knife (for fingerprints and blood) is complete, which reportedly takes up to three weeks. In the meantime, we’ll be watching The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story every Tuesday night at 10 p.m. on FX, as will apparently a lot of other people: ratings for the show are up since the knife’s discovery was reported.
A friend of Simpson (who is currently spending time in prison for robbery) says O.J. is allegedly somewhat bothered but not too bothered by the findings. “Everybody I’ve spoken with says he’s just ignoring it. He’s not talking about it,” says his ex-manager Norman Pardo. “When he heard the news on TV, all he did was shake his head, as if to say, ‘Will this ever end?’ He’s definitely shrugging it off and pretty much saying, I’m not going to worry about it.’”
Except, Pardo adds, “[O.J.] is a little worried because if it’s one his pocket knifes and, if it’s got his blood on it, that could make him look bad when he’s up for parole.”
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