Drama revealing new insights into the controversial murder investigation. Robert Kardashian struggles to prevent events escalating into further tragedy.
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A friend loveth at all times...
..and a brother is born in adversity.
Father, please, please, please have mercy on him.
Look after him, protect him,
for he's in pain and he knows not what he's doing.
Just tell him Robert Shapiro is calling. He'll know what it's about.
What do you want?
-I wish I could reach through this goddamn phone and strangle you.
I am so sorry he did this to us.
I mean, you know that I'm a fixer of things.
I don't tolerate this kind of stuff.
How does a murder suspect disappear from a house full of people?
I didn't know that he was going to run.
I mean, you've got to believe me, Gil.
I mean, I'm the good guy here!
Look, who brought Menendez back from Israel, hmm?
Who backed your campaign?
Look, you even came to my 50th birthday.
You loved it, it was a great party.
Bob, find your client and deliver him.
Do you have a minute?
OJ left a suicide note.
I don't know what we're supposed to do with it.
I mean, do we need to give it to the police?
Who the hell signs a suicide note with a happy face?
-'One of the most stunning announcements you're ever
'going to hear on live television -
'OJ Simpson, one of this country's best known personalities,
'is a suspect in a double homicide, a terribly gruesome crime,
'and he is at large tonight.
'There is now a state-wide manhunt under way for OJ Simpson
If it were our absolute goal, could we look more incompetent?
It's the worst day of my life.
It's worse than the day I was diagnosed with cancer.
'He failed to appear by 11.45. The Los Angeles Police Department...'
It's frigging Shapiro. He screwed all of us.
God forbid a celebrity should do a perp walk.
It's always the big cases that melt down -
McMartin, Twilight Zone, Menendez.
Why is it always the famous ones?
'Who would have thought that it would come to this,
'with this man who was so beloved in this country for so long?
He can't hide forever.
Everyone knows his face.
Let's go, let's go!
Let's go, let's go!
We've received 110 tips so far.
"He's with Magic Johnson."
"He's in Atlanta."
"He's eating lunch with Dionne Warwick at the Ivy."
All right, look, we have to weed out the crackpots, all right?
So, make sure you put out the year and the plates on the white Bronco.
The guy he's with?
Can anybody tell me who AC Cowlings is?
He's a fourth-rate linebacker. He's sort of a poor man's OJ.
OJ, AC, get it?
Will you just quiet down?
I feel like I'm going to vomit.
I want to say something to the entire community.
Mr Simpson is a fugitive of justice.
And if any of you assist him, in any way,
you are committing a felony,
and I personally guarantee you will be prosecuted.
-'Today, my office...'
-I hope they catch him.
You know he did it.
You don't know that. They're just tearing down another black man.
'Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Lyle Goldman...'
Want me to turn off the TVs? Tell them to go back to work?
No, it's fine. Let them watch.
Something big's happening here.
'We are alleging special circumstances.
'We are also alleging the murder weapon was a knife.
'Mr Simpson must face these charges and we will find him.'
The TV on?
Course, I'm watching. Picked a hell of a day to leave town.
Well, how was I supposed to know that...
What is that?
Arnold Palmer's last US Open. He's retiring today.
Pops, come on.
'Now, you can tell I'm upset. This is a...'
-Oh, he looks horrible.
-'It's a very serious case.'
Oh, my God, Marcia's dying up there.
-You know all those people?
'I think, perhaps, that some of us might have had empathy for him.
'We saw the falling of an American hero,
'and to some extent, I viewed Mr Simpson the same way.
'But let's remember,
'we have two innocent people who were brutally murdered.
'But how could this happen?
'The entire world was focused on this one man and he slipped away.'
'How can you answer that?
You think he's going to get away?
OJ humiliated them.
He's dead meat.
I don't like the subtext of this one bit.
There's an unspoken villain here.
Hmm? No, me!
Everyone's blaming me for everything.
I have a very clean reputation.
What we need is our own press conference.
Are we good?
I must make one thing perfectly clear -
I am as shocked as anybody is at this turn of events.
Over the past 25 years, on numerous occasions,
I have made similar arrangements with the LAPD,
with the district attorney's office and Mr Garcetti.
They have always kept their word to me
and I have always kept my word to them.
In fact, I arranged the surrender of Erik Menendez from Israel.
What a prick.
Robert Shapiro's focused on his number one priority -
What would you be saying?
I wouldn't be falling back on the pronouns "me", "myself" and "I."
People, when you take these jobs, you have only one role -
you are in service to your client.
Never betray that individual.
'No, he was always under a doctor's care.
'In fact, we were concerned that he would take this avenue.
'OJ, wherever you are,'
for the sake of your children,
for the sake of your family,
please, surrender immediately
to any law enforcement official.
What were the last words you heard from OJ?
Oh, well, they were of a complimentary nature.
He thanked me for everything I did for him.
So, now I would like to introduce Robert Kardashian -
one of OJ's closest and dearest friends.
He will now read a note that OJ handwrote today.
Oh, my God, it's Daddy!
-It's Daddy! It's Daddy!
'This letter was written by OJ today.'
"To whom it may concern,
"first, everyone understand, I had nothing to do with Nicole's murder.
"I loved her.
"At times, I felt like a battered husband..."
Did I hear that correctly?
He feels like a battered husband?
Well, you know, he cut his hand while he was killing her.
"Please think of the real OJ
"and not this lost person.
"Thank you for making my life special.
"I hope I helped yours.
"Peace and love. OJ."
Who are you?
Robert... Robert Kardashian.
'Rakashian? Can you please spell that?'
-Kardashian! Kardashian! Kardashian!
'Please, be respectful.'
This is a very close friend of Mr OJ Simpson's, Robert Kardashian.
MUSIC: Sabotage by Beastie Boys
Oh, my God.
There's a white Bronco behind us right now!
You liar. No, there isn't.
I'm serious, look.
HORN BLARES CAR SCREECHES
Oh, my God!
-Oh, my God.
-Oh, my God.
Oh, my God! Oh, my God! It's AC Cowlings!
Hey! Over here!
What are you looking at?!
It's him! It's frigging him!
I told you!
Oh, my God.
Yes, yes, it is them.
Yes, it's them.
They're going north on the five, right before it merges with the 405.
I'm telling you, it's OJ!
HORN BLASTS CAR SCREECHES
We've sighted a white Ford Bronco, north of Irvine Center Drive.
Licence plate - Three, Papa, Charlie, Tango, Four, Zero, Three.
Hope we got him.
Stay in your car, sir.
Sir, step out of the vehicle!
No, no, no! Hell no!
Sir, you need to turn your engine off and step from the vehicle now!
Do you know what's going on here?!
OJ's in the back seat with a gun to his head!
Can I speak with Mr Simpson?
No! No, I ain't speaking to nobody! I ain't speaking to nobody!
Tell him the gun's loaded, AC!
-Tell him! Tell him!
I know! OJ, OJ, I will handle it, OK? I know!
We don't want a situation here! We don't want anybody to get hurt!
-You both need to get out!
-OJ, OJ, OJ!
-Tell him! Tell him! Tell him!
-You need to get out!
That's not happening! Back off!
Do we shoot?
I'm not shooting at OJ Simpson unless somebody authorises it.
HELICOPTER ROTORS WHIR
'Mr Simpson is a fugitive of justice.
'And if any of you assist him, in any way,
'you are committing a felony...
'..and I personally guarantee you will be prosecuted.
'Today, my office...
'filed murder charges against OJ Simpson
'for the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson
'and Ronald Lyle Goldman.'
Um, I have some bad news.
'These are very serious crimes.'
I was with OJ this morning and he...
..he was in pretty bad shape.
What do you mean?
He was in a lot of pain.
He left a note.
And we have reason to believe that he's killed himself.
Oh, my God!
I'm so sorry. I'm...
I'm so sorry.
FIST SLAMS ON TABLE
He wanted you to know, he wanted all of you to know,
he loved you...
he loved you very much.
He loved everybody here.
OJ's in a better place.
He's in a better place.
'OJ Simpson is sitting in the back seat
'and he has a gun at his head.'
'Presumably, the officers in those four cars that are maintaining
RADIO: # We're in this love together
# We got the kind that lasts forever. #
Bob, where have you been?
Do you have any idea what is going on?
Yeah. I did a press conference, then I filled the gas tank.
Bob, they found him.
OJ is driving up and down the freeways with a police escort.
He's still alive?
'However, there are a number of highway patrol units
'and sheriff's vehicles sitting on the side of the road.
'And that's called a code 100, an intercept,
'and what they're doing is they're making sure no other vehicles...'
Good for you, OJ.
Good for you.
We're still in the game.
Hello, everyone, I'm Bob Costas.
It is our professional obligation to cover the ball game tonight.
We will do that in what we hope is an appropriate fashion.
We are, of course, mindful of the OJ Simpson situation
and we will apprise you of any new developments.
'..with doctors who've been treating Simpson...'
Why don't we stop him, shoot out his tyres?
We don't want a shoot-out on live TV.
We're on every network in the country.
What's the protocol?
Protocol? I don't know, Bill. What is the protocol...
for an armed celebrity fugitive being chased
by 12 police cars and seven helicopters?
I thought I was going to run for mayor.
'And we are told by the California Highway Patrol
'that OJ Simpson is in that car, holding a gun to his head.
'He has been in touch with a police highway dispatcher,
'saying he wants to be taken to his mother.
'He wants to see her.
'But we don't know what the resolution of all of this will be.
'There are nine black and whites...'
All right, what do you want me to do, OJ?
I should die.
No. Put the gun down, Juice.
I'm tired of you driving me around, AC!
Tell me what you need!
Take me to the cemetery.
No, man. We did that already.
I don't know what is happening. Why is this happening to me?
I don't understand. I had such a beautiful family.
Nicole and Sydney and Justin...
You still got the kids, Juice, all right?
-Think about the kids.
Just take me home.
I want to see Mama.
Brother, we got half the police in California in pursuit.
They might not let us.
I want this to end!
PHONE BUTTONS BEEP RINGING TONE
'This is 911, what is your emergency?'
Hey, this is AC. I have OJ in the car.
'Who is this?'
You know who this is, goddamn it! I have OJ in the car!
You tell the police to back off!
-He's got a gun to his head!
-'Hold on a moment.
'Where are you? Is everything else OK?'
What? No! What kind of stupid-ass question is that?!
Everything is terrible!
You just clear the freeway! We're going to Brentwood!
Ready on Chyron. Give me ten.
They're clearing the freeway. There's nobody else driving on it.
What?! You're kidding.
We've got to cut to OJ.
I can't, it's the NBA Finals.
You do realise how much these spots are going for?
Put the game in the box.
-You have to think clearly!
OJ is news, entertainment and sports!
Jim, I can't.
In 24 years, I've never done anything like this.
OJ gets the big screen. I'm calling upstairs.
Asshole. Go. Ready two and take two. Ready uplink.
'We bring you this breaking update on the OJ Simpson situation.
'Al Cowlings' car, as it makes its way along a freeway
'in Los Angeles in the south-central part of that area,
'and we are told by the California Highway Patrol that
'OJ Simpson is in that car, holding a gun to his head.
'He has been in touch with a police highway dispatcher,
'saying he wants to be taken to his mother.
'He wants to see her.
'Now, what we figure now is that OJ Simpson
'is sitting in the back seat and he has a gun at his head
'and presumably the officers in those four cars...'
I can't believe this is the 405 on a Friday night.
Where are all the cars?
The backup on Sepulveda must be unbelievable.
'..let situation play out
'and hope they can resolve it without anyone getting hurt.
'The car is, again, on the 91 freeway.
'This is a white Ford Bronco. This is the one...'
It's like the world's longest Ford Bronco commercial.
-Look at this.
-'..OJ Simpson was armed and dangerous.
'He should be considered dangerous.
'And here, in the back seat of the car with a gun to his head.
'This is heading in the...'
How is OJ back in his white Bronco?
What do you mean?
I mean, the Bronco was full of blood. We impounded it!
How can he be driving it again?
Hold on a second. Tom, how is OJ back in the Bronco?
Believe it or not, there are two white Broncos.
AC Cowlings worships OJ so much, he bought the identical car.
What's the situation at Rockingham?
SWAT's taking over.
We need the breadsticks. How the chicken wings looking?
We got the 20-piece in the back.
Somebody got to get...
Aw, this is crazy, man! We ran out of cheese.
-'We are witnessing tonight a modern tragedy and drama...'
-Come on, OJ.
-'..of Shakespearean proportion being played out
-'live on television...'
'..in Southern California.
-'We are told, as well, that OJ....'
'..is sitting in the back seat with a gun to his head.
'That comes from the California Highway Patrol.'
Bob. Bob, I've been looking for you.
I called the house in Encino and you weren't there.
'I don't know if you heard what's happening.'
Uh, yeah, I heard, Juice. It's on every channel.
I just wanted to tell you I love you, Bobby.
'Bobby, you're the best.'
You know I feel the same, Juice.
Remember how much fun we used to have?
'Remember the night the four of us
'went to that steakhouse, used to be on La Cienega?
'I forget the name.
'You, me, Nicole, Kris.'
We had some fun times together.
Want you to tell everybody that I love them.
'Say goodbye for me.
'Say goodbye to Don Ohlmeyer...
'..Skip Taft, Wayne Hughes...'
..Louis Marx, Marcus Allen...
Cathy and Reggie.
If I'm forgetting anybody, please, let them know.
'You're going to tell them yourself, Juice, OK?
'You're going to see them all again.'
No. I just want to go home and see my mama one last time.
Yeah, I'm not sure coming home right now is such a hot idea.
'We continue to watch the white Bronco that is driven,
'we believe, by Al Cowlings, long-time friend of OJ Simpson.
'OJ Simpson is in the car.'
-'At one point, he said he had a gun to his head.
'He's being pursued by California law enforcement...'
Where's your grandmother?
She was having heart palpitations.
She's in hospital.
'..Simpson's home in Brentwood where his mother
'is believed to be staying...'
Hey, Uncle Bobby,
is my dad going to die?
'..told an LA dispatcher he wanted to see his mother.
'He has also said he could hurt himself.'
Gentlemen, the last I heard, the man was still alive.
We got to stay ahead of the news.
'Yes, it's a complex situation, but we must remember that'
he is a person not used to being arrested.
He's fragile, confused.
Whenever I see a black man being chased by armed officers,
my guard goes up.
With all due respect, this is a possible killer
who fled from the police.
Innocent until proven guilty.
If the LAPD is involved,
we should let history be our guiding principle.
Time after time, the police shoot first
and offer sloppy apologies afterwards.
30 years ago, a young man named Leonard Deadwyler
was driving his pregnant wife to the hospital.
She was about to give birth to their child.
And that very same LAPD saw a black man driving too fast
and they did what they do -
they shot and killed him.
I represented Leonard's family.
It was one of my very first cases.
Unfortunately, the first of many.
It was a terrible thing.
Leonard's only crime...
..the colour of his skin.
What?! Who is this?!
This is Detective Tom Lange with the Los Angeles Police Department.
-How'd you get this number?!
-You called 911.
Well, you tell the cops to back off, all right?
Stay away from us!
AC, give me the phone.
Hey, this is OJ.
I just wanted to say how sorry I am.
I didn't mean for you guys to all have to come out like this.
I know it's late on a Friday.
You guys work hard.
Probably want to go home and see your kids.
No, it's OK. We're just doing our jobs.
..I understand you have a gun.
Yeah, but it's not for you.
Don't worry. I would never hurt any of you guys.
This gun's for me.
No, no, no, no, you don't want to do that.
Things will get better.
You should just toss it out the window.
No, no. I can't do that.
I got to be with Nicole.
That's all I'm trying to do.
I just can't do it on the freeway.
I can't do it in a field.
I tried to do it at her grave.
I'm just going to do it at home.
OJ, we want to keep you alive. We're not going to bother you.
We'll let you go home. We know you want to go there.
We'll let you go there.
But the gun is scaring everybody.
Please, can't you just throw it away?
I deserve to get hurt.
-Go where? Where's he going to go?
-Anywhere but jail, baby.
Get over here, man.
I thought you was going to give us a little play-by-play.
Ooh! Look at OJ go! That boy can still run.
Them goddamn cops ain't chasing him.
Remember his run in '67 against UCLA?
-That was the best!
-That was pretty.
-Nobody could catch the Juice.
I don't know what you guys are cheering for.
Jim Brown was a much better player.
-Chris, go in the house, boy.
-OJ is local!
He went to Galileo High!
OJ never gave back.
You see any parks around here named for him?
Any children's centres?
See, now, Jim Brown cared about black people.
He was an activist. He spoke up.
Once OJ made his money, he split and never came back.
He became white.
Well, you got the cops chasing him.
He's black now.
# One nation under a groove
# Getting down just for the funk of it
# One nation and we're on the move
# Nothing can stop us now. #
'Orenthal James Simpson -
'a grieving former husband, comforting his motherless children.
-'A celebrity running...'
-Why does that sound like a eulogy?
'A movie star, and a man wanted for double murder.'
I want him to finish this day alive.
'All of this in one week...'
I want him to pay for what he's done.
'..images of OJ Simpson.'
Why are you guys rooting for him?
We're not cheering for OJ. We're booing the LAPD!
It doesn't sound like you guys are booing.
We're doing both. OJ's running cos he's innocent.
He's a black man being hunted by the police.
They pick you up for anything.
Hey, look, it's OJ!
You hear that?
Those people shouldn't be on the freeway.
It's not safe.
-They're out because they love you.
They still love you, Juice.
'80 yards for OJ Simpson!'
-Go, OJ! Go, OJ!
Go, OJ! Go, OJ!
We need to find him and get him down here right now.
Arnelle, where are you going?
Don't leave, Arnelle!
We need everyone off the property for your own safety.
No! I'm not leaving! This is my home!
Yeah, I'm not leaving either. I'm Mr Simpson's attorney.
-Hey, who are you?
-Roger Sandler, Time Life photography.
-We have an arrangement with the West LA Division.
Don't get caught in the crossfire.
CHEERING HORN BLARES
CHEERING HORNS BLARE
Come on, come on!
How do they expect us to get through?
Honk! HORN BLARES
Move! Move! Get out of the way!
We love you!
'You're looking at a Ford Bronco and OJ Simpson is almost back home.
'He's in that car. We're told that he has a gun.
'His mother is at his Brentwood estate and apparently his...'
AC, you got to get me to my house.
I'm trying, Juice.
-Hey, let us in!
Get me home, AC.
CHEERING SIRENS BLARE
'What happens when he gets to his home, we cannot say.
'People are standing in the street.'
All right, Juice, we're here, brother.
Here we are.
All right, we're home, OJ.
-Dad, please! Dad!
-Jason, no! Get back!
-Get back, get in the house!
-Dad, put down the gun!
-Get back! I am handling this, OK?
-Get in the house! Get in the house!
-Dad, I'm going to help!
I am handling this! Get your ass in the house! Get back!
Get your ass back in the house!
OJ, OJ, put the gun down! You're scaring me, man!
Put the gun down, Juice.
'OJ, how can I help you?'
Leave us alone!
'I want to speak with Mr Simpson.
-There's a guy in the tree with a gun. This is a trick.
We want OJ safe.
Man, there's guns in my face everywhere!
Kill the lights.
I said, tell the choppers, kill all the lights now!
'All right, we are sorry for the dark picture, but no light
'has been allowed there. Part of the early negotiations...'
They don't want us to see.
'..get the helicopters up and away and that they get the lights on.
'Even the police car's turned off, so it's been very dark.
'If OJ attempted to take his own life,
'to be able to get in there quickly enough...'
OJ, we want to get you out of the Bronco.
We want to get you safely into your house.
OJ, will you open the door, so that we can talk?
He doesn't want to talk to you! Go away!
All right, Juice.
What do you want me to do, man?
I should've killed myself this morning.
No, I can't do it.
Juice, no! Juice! Juice, put the gun down!
-Juice, I'm begging you, man!
OJ, it's Bobby.
Oh, Bobby, help me, man!
Please, help me, Bobby!
'We're all inside here. We love you. Your whole family's here, Juice.'
Please, just...just come on inside.
Is Mama here?
Yes, she's on the phone. She's waiting...
'She's on the house phone waiting to talk to you, Juice.'
I just...just want to come inside, man.
I just want to come inside.
'That's a great idea.'
Just come on in and we just sit down. We just...
We just sit down and relax.
I'm sorry, man. All these people out here like this.
All the cops, man. You got to tell them I'm sorry,
that I didn't mean for them to have to come out like this.
No, no, they just... They just...
They just want you to be safe, Juice. They...
They want to make sure that nothing bad happens.
Nothing bad IS going to happen.
Just come inside.
I can't be on the TV again, man, in the handcuffs.
I can't do that, with all the...
OK, what do you... What do you need?
What do you want?
Maybe come inside, maybe.
-You mean, do it in here?
-Yeah, maybe I...
OK. OK. That's easy. That's easy, just give me one second, OK?
OK, Juice? He doesn't want to be arrested outside.
You got to do it inside the house, away from the cameras.
-Gun's got to stay inside the vehicle.
we're good to go. They're going to do it inside the house, OK?
You just got to make sure that the gun stays inside the car.
You can't bring the gun outside. Do you understand me?
-'That's real important.'
-All right, man.
OK, good. Stay with me, yes?
OK, come on in, come on in. Stay with me.
Simpson's about to exit the vehicle. Subject will not be armed.
No hotheads. We're on TV.
Don't fire unless you're fired upon first.
I'm sorry, you guys.
He's got a gun!
No, no! Those are pictures!
Those are framed pictures of his kids!
I'm sorry, guys.
All right, all right.
All right, we got you. Come on.
-I got you.
-I'm sorry, Bobby.
No, no. No, you're home now.
You're home, Juice.
Come on, here we go.
Here we go.
Can I speak to my mama?
And can I get some orange juice?
Of course, OJ.
I know, Mama.
I know, Mama.
I love you, too, Mama.
'Right now, to wrap up this live coverage, so you can tune in
'to your late local news, which will have plenty about
'how all this unfolded.
'So, for right now, Dan Rather with Connie Chung, John Blackstone
'and our colleagues at KCBS in Los Angeles...'
We're taking him to trial.
'The confirmation now that that arrest has taken place,
'and, in fact a convoy...'
Too bad you're not working on this case.
What? You better not.
He got framed.
I was thinking the same thing.
Oh, come on. I can guarantee you OJ was not framed.
Sure he was.
'I haven't identified that location yet.
'That could prove to be a bit of a challenge.'
You stay the hell away from this.
'..those narrow streets around the residence,
'they're now crowded with people.
'There are hundreds of teenagers out there, we're told, with many
'now shouting OJ's name.'
Allowing OJ too much leeway, the police face humiliation as their potentially suicidal suspect is driven across Los Angeles in a white Bronco. Friend and lawyer Robert Kardashian struggles to prevent events escalating into further tragedy while the world watches.