Ron Shipp, a former police officer and longtime friend of O.J. Simpson, believes O.J. is going to issue a murder confession as early as 2017 if he is released from prison. While speaking to the New York Daily News at the Los Angeles premiere of Ezra Edelman's ESPN documentary O.J.: Made in America, Shipp said Simpson's "total torment" can only be brought to an end by admitting to the 1994 murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman.
"The guy is in total torment today," Shipp said. "Someone told me he is 300 pounds and he looks horrible. O.J. has always felt his appearance meant everything and now, deep down inside, he is starting to live with himself."
Simpson was acquitted of the murders in 1995 following a highly publicized trial but is currently locked up in Nevada following an armed robbery conviction. According to the Daily News, Simpson could be released "as soon as next year," at which point Shipp believes Simpson will deliver a confession.
"I hope one day he actually will rid us of all the doubt and all the conspiracy theories and say 'sorry I cannot go to prison [because of double jeopardy laws], but I am sorry I did it,'" Shipp said, adding that he recently got a call regarding a conspiracy theory involving Simpson's son, Jason. "I thought, man, come on Juice, just say 'my son didn't do it.'"
Shipp testified during Simpson's controversial double-murder trial, revealing that Simpson had "kind of jokingly" told him at one point that he had "some dreams" of killing Nicole. Speaking to the Daily News Thursday, Shipp said his prior "mixed feelings" about the trial no longer existed. "I didn't really see him at the time doing that because of my love for him," he said. "I didn't want to believe the things I saw."