Every true crime nerd knows precisely what I mean when I say THE case. It's the case that got you hooked, sucked into this weird world of true crime fandom. We all have one, and they vary substantially. Some people are old school, obsessed with Jack the Ripper or Lizzie Borden. Others are obsessed with big-name cases, such as Amanda Knox or Jon Benet, or maybe with a local case that few people outside your town know about.
Though many of us who are true crime fans love to try and absorb all cases and facts about anything that comes our way, we can't help it. We all have that case. So, what is my case? I am not original here, and the case that sucked me in is one of the most significant cases in history - that many people forget is still an unsolved double homicide. That case is, of course, the murder of Nicole Brown and Ronald Goldman.
I refuse to call it the case of OJ Simpson. In all of the furor and craziness, the victims, in this case, were forgotten, and that may be the biggest travesty of the whole thing. Whether or not OJ's trial was fair to the victims, there is no argument to be made. The prosecution's job is to prove a defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt - and that didn't happen.
So when you have the case and are lucky enough to get to write a weekly true crime article, it's easy to know where to start. That is dissecting your case obsession and going from there. So, let's go on this ride together, shall we?
It may seem crazy that this case sucked me in and got me turned onto true crime, even made me think about being a lawyer for quite some time, as in June of 1994, I was 11. However, this case was everywhere. It took over the nation, and race relations only aided the national obsession, especially in California.
From the white Bronco's slow-speed chase to Robert Kardashian putting a then-not-known name into papers, people were clamoring to find out what exactly happened at 875 Bundy Drive in Brentwood, CA. The facts of the case were gruesome enough and tragic beyond belief. As her two young children lay asleep upstairs, someone snuck into the yard and massacred the 35-year-old woman and her friend, 25-year-old Ron Goldman.
All eyes turned again to LA and how the LAPD treated BIPOCs, a mere four years after the brutal beating and the deadly riots following the Rodney King incident. Furthermore, LA was a powder keg ready to explode, and the rest of the nation could do nothing but watch.
Watch we did. All-day. Everyday. Next week, we will go back over the bare facts of the case and meet the lawyers who would become household names for years to come.