O.J. Says ‘I Grabbed The Knife' In Startling Interview That Has Many Asking Why He Agreed To It

LOVELOCK, NV - JULY 20: O.J. Simpson attends his parole hearing at Lovelock Correctional Center July 20, 2017 in Lovelock, Nevada. Simpson is serving a nine to 33 year prison term for a 2007 armed robbery and kidnapping conviction. (Photo by Jason Bean-Pool/Getty Images)

O.J. Says ‘I Grabbed The Knife' In Startling Interview That Has Many Asking Why He Agreed To It

The controversial figure used oddly specific language during "hypothetical" confession.

Published March 12, 2018

After being acquitted for the 1994 murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ron Goldman, O.J. Simpson delivered a "hypothetical" confession in order to promote his book If I Did It. During the 2006 interview with publisher Judith Regan, the former NFL running back detailed how he may have killed the victims. 

After the book was finished and the interviews were conducted, public backlash forced FOX Broadcasting Company to shelve the interview. The book deal was also withdrawn; however, it was eventually published elsewhere.

Twelve years later, FOX decided to air the interview in a two-hour special called "O.J. Simpson: The Lost Confession?"

  1. In the special, Simpson gives a "hypothetical" confession that includes specific details and personal pronouns
  2. In the confession, Simpson referenced a friend, whom he identifies only as "Charlie." In his hypothetical scenario, "Charlie" went with him to confront Brown and handed him the knife.

    "As things got heated, I just remember Nicole fell and hurt herself and this guy kind of got into a karate thing. And I said, 'Well, you think you can kick my ass?' And I remember I grabbed the knife -- I do remember that portion, taking a knife from Charlie -- and to be honest after that I don't remember, except I'm standing there and there's all kind of stuff around and ..."

    When Simpson was asked what he meant by "stuff," he responded:

    "Blood and stuff."

    Immediately after, he laughed and said: "I hate to say it, but this is hypothetical. I'm sorry; I know we have to back off again. It's hard - this is hard to make people think I'm a murderer.

    "I don't think two people could have been murdered the way they were without everybody covered in blood," he said. "And of course, I think we've all seen the grisly pictures. I think everything was covered, would have been covered in blood."

    During the interview, Simpson also discussed the infamous leather glove that was believed to be the crucial piece of evidence which led to his innocence (if the glove don't fit, you must acquit). 

    While speaking with Regan in 2006, Simpson said he "might" have removed the glove before taking the knife from Charlie.

    "I have no conscious memory of doing that, but I obviously must have because they found the glove there," Simpson said.

  3. The bizarre interview had many wondering why O.J. would participate if he was truly innocent
  4. People saw this as less of a "hypothetical" and more of a genuine confession
  5. Some couldn't help but joke about "Charlie"
  6. However, most people could not look past the disturbing nature of the interview and Simpson's demeanor

Written by Rachel Herron

(Photo: Jason Bean-Pool/Getty Images)


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