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25 Years Later: O.J. Simpson & The Murder Case That Shocked The World

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Jun. 12 2019, Updated 3:29 p.m. ET

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It’s been 25 years since O.J. Simpson’s ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ron Goldman were brutally murdered, and the debate over what really happened the rages on to this day.

The still-unsolved murder case would result in the arrest of the former NFL star and would eventually lead to what many consider to be the most publicized criminal trial in U.S. history.

Just after midnight on June 13, 1994, Brown and Goldman were found stabbed to death outside Brown's condominium in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles.

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As seen in exclusive photos published by RadarOnline.com, Brown's body lay in a pool of her own blood and her head was nearly decapitated.

Almost immediately, Simpson became a person of interest.

But instead of turning himself in, Simpson fled. Five days after the murder, he engaged authorities in a now infamous low-speed chase in his white 1993 Ford Bronco, driven by his friend Al Cowlings.

Eventually, Simpson surrendered to officers, kicking off a lengthy trial for the murders of Brown and Goldman. The world was shocked when Simpson was found “not guilty” on October 3, 1995 – more than one year after the gruesome crime.

After the verdict, Simpson vowed to never rest until he found who he deemed to be the real murderer.

“I will pursue as my primary goal in life the killer or killers who slaughtered Nicole and Mr. Goldman. They are out there somewhere. Whatever it takes to identify them and bring them in, I will provide somehow,” Simpson said in a statement.

"I can only hope that someday, despite every prejudicial thing that has been said about me publicly, both in and out of the courtroom, people will come to understand and believe that I would not, could not and did not kill anyone," his statement read.

Check out this special RadarOnline.com gallery for more on the story behind the “Crime of the Century” and where the case stands 25 years later after the murders.

First Meeting

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Nicole Brown met O.J. Simpson in 1977, when she was 18 and working as a waitress in Beverly Hills. Although Simpson was still married to his first wife, Marguerite, he and Brown began dating. Simpson and Marguerite divorced in March 1979.

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Love & Marriage

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Simpson and Brown were married on February 2, 1985 — five years after he retired from the NFL. The marriage lasted seven years and produced two children, Sydney and Justin.

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Behind Closed Doors

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Over the course of their rocky marriage, Simpson was investigated several times by police for domestic violence  and pleaded no contest to spousal abuse in 1989.

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Secret Diary

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In a hidden handwritten diary Radar uncovered, Brown confided the explosive revelation that she believed Simpson would kill her one day, and she described their marriage as a “living hell.”

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 Disturbing Confession

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"I wanted to be a wonderful wife … but he made me feel so ugly," Nicole wrote in one tortured entry.

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The End

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Brown filed for divorce from Simpson on February 25, 1992, citing "irreconcilable differences.”

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Shocking Discovery

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At 12:10 a.m. on June 13, 1994, Brown and Goldman were found murdered.

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Brutal Crime Scene

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Brown had been stabbed multiple times in the head and neck, and she had defensive wounds on her hands.

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The Infamous Glove

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Detectives on the scene discovered a single bloody glove,  along with other evidence.

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Growing Evidence

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While searching Simpson’s home as part of the initial investigation, Detective Mark Fuhrman found a second bloody glove – later determined to be the match of the glove discovered at the murder scene.

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On the Lookout

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Through DNA testing, the blood on the glove was determined to have come from both victims. An arrest warrant was issued for Simpson.

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Running Scared

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On June 17, 1994, the football legend was expected to turn himself in to Los Angeles police. Instead, he hopped into the Bronco with Collins  https://radaronline.com/videos/oj-simpson-american-crime-story-people-v-oj-simpson-white-bronco/ and led cops on a bizarre slow-speed chase through the streets of L.A.

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Backing Down

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Eventually, Simpson pulled into his lavish home, and finally surrendered to police after an extensive standoff.

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‘Not Guilty’?

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On June 20, Simpson was arraigned and pleaded “absolutely, 100 percent, not guilty” to both murders.

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