It’s been 25 years to the day since O.J. Simpson led police on a pursuit through California after his ex-wife and her close friend were found brutally murdered.
Reports estimate that nearly 100 million people tuned in on their television sets to watch the infamous pursuit, now a quarter-century ago. The white Bronco fleeing LAPD cruisers became a moment that Americans will seemingly never forget.
So what actually happened that day? Let’s recap.
Following the homicides of Simpson’s ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman, members of the LAPD asked that Simpson surrender in connection with the murders. But instead of turning himself into authorities, Simpson panicked.
He and his close friend A.C. Cowlings sped off in Simpson’s white Ford Bronco. While police tried to track him down, Simpson’s close friend Robert Kardashian read a note that O.J. had written aloud to viewers on live television.
The search intensified as authorities perceived the letter as a potential suicide note.
Eventually, officers were able to track down the pair’s location using cell phone tracking. Simpson led police on an astonishing 75-mile pursuit throughout southern California. Friends of his spoke on live television to try and convince Simpson to give up and surrender to police.
Fans lined the streets to see Simpson pass. Some held signs. Others yelled in support. The chase aired live around the world. Eventually Simpson drove to his mother’s house, stopped the Bronco and went inside her home.
His lawyer showed up to the scene and negotiated a surrender to police.
Simpson pleaded not guilty to both murder charges and was eventually acquitted by a jury in a trial that lasted nearly five months.
He was later found “responsible” for Goldman and Brown’s deaths by a jury in a civil suit filed by Ron Goldman’s parents.
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It’s reported that more people tuned in to watch the notorious vehicle chase than the Super Bowl that year.
A recap of that day’s events can be seen below.
The famous football star and news icon reportedly joined the social media platform Twitter this past week. He now has over 700,000 followers.