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With the twentieth anniversary of the still-controversial verdict in the O.J. Simpson murder case just days away, and the FX series American Crime Story due in February of next year, journalist Lawrence Schiller is feeling generous with regards to previously unknown details surrounding what is quite easily one of the most scrutinized criminal trials in American history. However, his latest revelation shares an unsettling connection with the childhood home of one of today's most highly sought public figures: Kim Kardashian.
Schiller spoke candidly about his unfettered access to Simpson's legal proceedings in a new interview with ABC News' 20/20, revealing that Simpson reportedly planned to commit suicide in the childhood bedroom of Kim Kardashian just hours before his infamous white Bronco chase. Schiller says he obtained a recording that reveals what is believed to be a suicide tape, a recording he says was recorded in Kim's bedroom:
Just hours before Simpson's infamous white Bronco chase, he made a recording.
"Oh boy, I don't know how I ended up here," Simpson is heard saying on the recording obtained by Schiller. "Please remember me as 'The Juice.' Please remember me as a good guy. Don't remember me as one of the negatives that might end up here. Please, please, please, please leave my kids at peace. I love everybody."
"He was recording this almost like a suicide tape. That's what O.J. intended to be his final words."
Moments after production of the tape, Robert Kardashian reportedly found Simpson in the bedroom and talked him down from suicide:
"Then O.J. said, 'I'm going to kill myself in this room,' and I said, 'You can't.' I said, 'This is my daughter's bedroom,'" Kardashian told Schiller. "'My little girl Kim sleeps here. I can't have my little girl in this bedroom, and every time I come in here, I'm going to see your body lying in this. You can't do that.'"
O.J. Simpson, as two decades of debate have surely informed you, would eventually go on to be acquitted after a contentious eight-month trial.