On Sunday, Fox aired the two-hour special O.J. Simpson: The Lost Confession?, which was based on a recently discovered interview from 2006. In his discussion with former HarperCollins publisher Judith Regan, Simpson talks about his roller coaster of a relationship with ex-wife Nicole Brown. The sit-down was meant to be in conjunction with his book, If I Did It, however, it never saw the light of day until today.
The most chilling portion of the interview comes when Simpson describes how he would have killed Brown and Ronald Goldman ... in a hypothetical scenario, of course. Here are some of the most unsettling details we learned from the two-hour special.
Who is "Charlie?"
Throughout his hypothetical scenario, Simpson brings up a person named "Charlie," who informed him of Nicole's relationship with someone else. "In the book, the hypothetical is, this guy Charlie shows up, this guy I used to be friends with and I don't know why he had been by Nicole's house, but he told me, 'You won't believe what's going on over there.' And I remember thinking, 'Whatever's going on over that has got to stop," the former football star said. This is the first mention of "Charlie" publicly at any point.
"Charlie" Brought the Knife
When he goes to confront her, O.J. puts on a cap and gloves while Charlie brings the knife that the former football player just conveniently carries in his white Bronco, apparently? In the special, O.J. stated that he usually had a knife in his car for safety. "At that time, I think Charlie had followed this guy in, to make sure there was no problem, and he brought in the knife," Simpson said. "I took the knife from Charlie, and to be honest, after that, I don’t remember, except I’m standing there and there’s all kinda stuff around. Blood and stuff."
O.J. Claims He "Blacked Out"
After grabbing the knife from "Charlie", Simpson claims he blacked out—even though that's something he says has never happened before—and remembers seeing everything covered in blood. “I think Charlie is O.J.,” former O.J. prosecutor Chris Darden noted in response to this latest revelation.
Important to note, Simpson appears to go back-and-forth about leaving gloves at the scene of the crime, admitting, "I had no conscious memory of doing that, but obviously I must have done it because I left the glove there." Very odd to admit.
O.J. Casually Admitted to Abusing Nicole
At one point during the interview, the former Trojan admits to abusing his ex-wife. Although we know he subjected Nicole to abuse throughout the relationship, this is one of the rare times he admits to it. "She got physical with me, I got physical with her," Simpson, recalling an altercation the two had on New Years in 1989, causally admits. "I am bigger, obviously I should not have done. I was the man, I should not have reacted the way I reacted."
O.J. Went to Nicole's Grave and Cursed at it
In one of the more chilling admissions during the special, O.J. talked about how he would visit his ex-wife's grave and yell at it, screaming things like "Didn't I tell you?" at the cemetery. "I loved her, but I wasn't in love her. To some degree, I didn't really like her," Simpson said, as he described their troubled relationship. "To some degree, I thought she was losing herself in many ways. Ron and Nicole were physically dead, and it's almost like they killed me. Who I was was attacked and murdered also in that short period of time. To this day, it bugs me it seems people wanted me to be guilty—that really, really bothered me." O.J. said he still was quite angry with her, even after her death. Chilling.
The White Bronco Chase
In what was probably one of the most memorable events of the 90s, O.J. and his friend Al Cowlings tried to evade police in a white Ford Bronco in June 1994. Simpson was supposed to surrender after being charged, but instead of turning himself in, he hopped into the Bronco while the world watched. He said that he hopped in the truck because he was contemplating suicide and having feelings of depression, but hearing the legendary news anchor Dan Rather talk about him on the radio snapped him out of it.
"I remember listening to, I think it was Dan Rather, he really saved my life," O.J. said. "Because when he said 'O.J. had a history, police were at their house all the time, eight or nine times', that was the first time that week that I kinda woke up!"
Surely, O.J. Simpson: The Lost Confession? made everything more complicated than it was before. People were amazed at how this hypothetical situation only made O.J. look more guilty (and disturbing) than he already seemed to be.