New book contends O.J. Simpson's son was Nicole's killer
In the new book "O.J. Is Innocent and I Can Prove It," author-investigator William C. Dear asserts that he knows who killed Nicole Brown Simpson. As you can guess from the title, he believes it was not O.J. Simpson: He claims it was Jason Simpson, the former football star's son.
Dear told the Huffington Post:
I flew out two weeks after the murders.... I climbed over the back gate and walked the walkway to the front door, and that's when I realized O.J. could not have done it. But he was there. He was either there at the time or there afterwards [and] became part of the crime....
I have been inducted into the Police Officer Hall of Fame as a private investigator, so my credentials are not [that of] some idiot guy just throwing it out there. My reputation is important to me. I would not say any of this without a great deal of backup.
USA Today reports that Dear says he has the knife used in the murders, saying he obtained it from a storage facility rented by Jason Simpson, who had allowed his payments to lapse.
Jason Simpson did not respond to the Huffington Post's request for comment. He is the child of O.J. Simpson and his first wife, Marguerite L. Whitley. Nicole Brown Simpson, who was Simpson's second wife, had two children with him. She and her friend Ronald Goldman were murdered on her stoop in 1994. Simpson was accused of the murders and found not guilty in a criminal trial, then later was convicted of lesser charges in a civil trial.
A previous book about the case, "If I Did It" was authored by O.J. Simpson. It was set for a 2006 release, but publication was cancelled after a controversy erupted over its premise, in which Simpson hypothesized about killing his estranged wife and Goldman. Later, rights to the book were given to the Goldman family, who added additional commentary and released the book with the revised title, "I Did It: Confessions of the Killer."
"O.J. Is Innocent and I Can Prove It," being published by Skyhorse Publishing, is out today.
-- Carolyn Kellogg
Photo: O.J. Simpson is hugged by attorney Johnnie Cochran as the not-guilty verdict is read on Oct. 3, 1995. Credit: Myung J Chun / Associated Press