Explosive 911 calls reveal the horror of life within the walls of Nicole Brown Simpson’s home just eight months before her brutal murder, for which her husband, former NFL legend O.J. Simpson, was acquitted.
Meanwhile, police reports claim O.J. had repeatedly punched, kicked and slapped his wife so hard that a handprint was visible on her neck.
In another case, he pulled her hair and screamed, “I’ll kill you!”
Global interest in the case has peaked yet again, more than 20 years after her June 1994 death, thanks in part to its revival on “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson.” If you watched Sunday night, you would have noticed the documentation of a 911 call.
It’s chilling stuff.
Prior to her murder, Nicole made two calls on the night of Oct. 25, 1993, after O.J., in a rage, arrived at his ex-wife’s house and bashed down her back door. Her roommate and two children were also at the house at the time.
“He’s ranting and raving outside,” a noticeably distressed Nicole says.
The police were dispatched to the house in response to a “domestic violence incident,” but before officers arrived, Nicole called again, telling authorities O.J. had returned to the house after briefly leaving the premises.
Crying, Nicole can be heard pleading with the dispatcher to send authorities to her home, telling her she’s worried because “he’s going to beat the sh-t out of me.”
When the dispatcher asks, “Is he threatening you?,” Nicole responds, “He’s (expletive deleted) going nuts,” amid panicked cries. Later, the dispatcher asks if similar incidents have happened in the past. “Many times,” she replies.
O.J. Simpson’s former home in Brentwood, California, in 1994.
According to a 1994 article in the Washington Post, O.J. was allegedly furious about a story that had appeared in the National Enquirer that week. His anger was reignited after reportedly discovering a snapshot of Nicole’s ex-boyfriend in a photo album, according to police reports.
The Enquirer article correctly reported O.J.’s attempts to reconcile with his wife, including this apology: “Baby, I was a fool to let you slip through my fingers. You’re the best thing that ever happened to me.”
The article also claimed “he was cheating with so many women that she was terrified he’d get AIDS.”
O.J. can be heard in the recordings saying: “Hey! I can read this bullsh-t all week in the National Enquirer. Her words exactly.”
The released recording is just a snippet of a series of calls for help Nicole made to authorities.
The tapes were released by the Los Angeles Police Department after her death, with the Los Angeles Times releasing full transcripts of the conversations.
In a police report describing the incident, an officer said O.J. Simpson “was still at large when we arrived. He admitted breaking the door and took full responsibility for its replacement.”
At the time, Nicole refused to press charges against her husband.
Deputy City Attorney Alana Bowman, head of the city’s domestic violence unit, said Nicole “talked to one of our victim advocates over the years but … never brought forth any criminal violations that we could proceed on.”
Yet “Nicole repeatedly [said] that she feared for her life.”
She had repeatedly called on the police for protection during O.J.’s brutal rampages, yet over the years, O.J. was only arrested once, in 1989, when Nicole was beaten so badly that she ended up in the hospital.
“He’s going to kill me, he’s going to kill me,” the police report quotes Nicole crying as she ran toward the officers upon their arrival.
“She kept saying: ‘You never do anything about him. You talk to him and then leave.’”
O.J. pleaded no contest to spousal battery charges and served no jail time. In what prosecutors at the time called “unprecedented,” he was allowed to receive counseling for men who batter their wives over the telephone.
These stark details were never released to the public until the murder trial.
“I was very concerned for her safety,” Lisa Foux, who counseled Nicole, told the Los Angeles Times. “Without appropriate intervention and consequences for batterers’ actions, (we believed) the violence (would) get more frequent, and more severe.”
The pair divorced on Oct. 15, 1992, but were attempting to reconcile. At the time, O.J. was worth an estimated $10 million.
Last week, police investigating a knife recovered from O.J. Simpson’s former estate were unable to link it to the killings of his ex-wife and her friend Ronald Goldman because it contained no DNA, according to a report.
“We’re told the microbes in the soil degraded any DNA to the point it was impossible to get a meaningful result,” according to TMZ.
A construction worker found the rusty knife around 1998 near a fence at the disgraced former NFL great’s now-demolished Brentwood home, TMZ reported.
The worker handed it over to an off-duty cop working as a security guard at a nearby film set, but the cop kept the knife as a souvenir until he turned it in to authorities last month.
Meanwhile, O.J.’s self-proclaimed “best friend” in prison has revealed that the disgraced footballer was so unconcerned about the knife being found on his former estate that he joked, “If the knife is rusted, I can’t be busted.”
Jeffrey Felix said Simpson laughed off DNA testing on the weapon as a “complete joke.”
Simpson, 68, was found not guilty in the 1994 slayings of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. The murder weapon was never officially discovered.
Though O.J. escaped prison for Nicole’s murder, he is serving a nine- to 33-year prison sentence in Nevada for armed robbery and kidnapping related to the theft of sports memorabilia in 2008.