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Dominick Dunne
Another City, Not My Own

The Daisy
Jail
Golf
Nicole
Jury Deception
Bullshit
Frogman
Cochran
Dr. Henry Lee
OJ's House
Paula
The Jury

 

 

The Daisy

"The Daisy was where OJ met Nicole. She worked there," said Shoreen. Shoreen Maghame of City News

"Has anyone ever told you the story about OJ being at the Daisy on the night his daughter drowned in the pool?"

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Jail

Was it true that Simpson was allowed to have a treadmill outside his cell so that he could work out? Was it true that Simpson was permitted to receive his visitors in a private room with no guard present, only a lawyer from Johnnie Cochran's office named Nicole Pulvers?
Was it true that sounds of party like hilarity were often heard in Simpson's visiting room? Was it true that Simpson had shouted out a confession to the murders to the Reverend Roosevelt Grier, which was overheard by a guard in the jail?

Was it true that OJ's exact words were "All right, goddamit, I did it. I killed them both"?

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Golf

OJ played golf at the Riviera Country Club with Alan Austin and Craig Baumgarten on the morning of the murders. Apparently, OJ became enraged at his friend Craig Baumgarten because he talked while OJ was teeing off. The caddy says he never saw OJ lose it like that, all the times he's ever caddied for him. He said OJ's rage at Craig was out of all proportion to what Craig had done.

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Nicole

"Nicole knew how to push OJ's buttons," said Jennifer Lee.

"When Nicole didn't save a seat for OJ at little Sydney's dance recital that last afternoon, she knew what she was doing," said Jennifer. "She knew perfectly well how crazy that was going to make him, having to walk up and down the aisle looking for a place to sit. "That's not a good look for a guy with an ego like OJ' Simpson's. Nicole knew that was the equivalent of giving him the middle finger in front of her family."

"And then she didn't ask him to join his kids and her parents and her sister Denise for dinner at Mezzaluna," said Jennifer. "He's standing there with egg on his face. She's embarrassed him in front of her family."

"The rage builds."

"You see, once Nicole found out he was still seeing Paula Barbieri on the side, after she and OJ were suppose to be reconciling, she said, Over, out! Fuck you, Charlie. I think what he realized was that she really meant it. It was over. It was over for good this time,"

"Why did Nicole keep going back to OJ when he had beaten her and would certainly beat her again?"

"Blame it on way she was brought up. She'd gotten used to having her laundry done. After the divorce, she was pushing the grocery cart up and down the aisles of the supermarket, just like any other mom. She wasn't special anymore. She's lost her cachet," replied Jennifer.

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Jury Deception

"The night before the jury went through Simpson's house on Rockingham, the defense, particularly certain lawyers from Johnnie Cochran's office, redressed the house.

These are the same guys who keep saying in court each day, 'Your Honor, this trial is a search for truth. They took down all the photographs of white people and replaced them with photographs of black people. On Simpson's orders, fires were lit in the fireplaces and vases filled with flowers. They were going for the cozy, homey look.

Meanwhile, Nicole's condo, where the murders took place, had been stripped bare, so the jury could get no sense of her life.

Over at Rockingham they put out a Bible that hadn't been there before, and at the top of the stairs they hung a copy of the Norman Rockwell painting of white federal marshals holding the hands of a little black girl as they lead her into a public school, which they had brought over from Johnnie Cochran's office. They wanted to show the jury that OJ was proud to be a black man."

"They removed a nude picture of Paula Barbieri from his bedside table, and they replaced it with a picture of his mother, Eunice, in her wheelchair."

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Bullshit

"I have a theory on why Howard Weitzman allowed OJ to be interviewed by Lange and Vannatter without being present himself.

My theory is that OJ didn't want him to be there. My feeling is that the decision was OJ's and not Howard's. OJ was used to bullshitting cops. He'd been bullshitting cops all his life and getting away with it. Witness all Nicole's 911 calls that he bulled his way out of. But it's hard to bullshit two seasoned detectives who know their job if your lawyer's sitting there listening to your bullshit. Bullshitting's a private kind of thing."

"OJ's one of the great con men of all time."

"And his con worked on Lange and Vannatter. They only interviewed him for thirty-two minutes, and they kept their kid gloves on. Nobody got rough. Any other suspect in a double murder, they'd keep grilling for hours until the killer got confused with his lies. But not OJ. They never even gave him a urine test, which would have determined what drugs were in his system, because no one had the nerve to ask the great football star to piss in a bottle, as if it was beneath his dignity."

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Frogman

"Have you heard anything about this television pilot OJ made just before the murders?"

"The Frogman pilot. I've heard about it, but I don't know anybody who's seen it. Isn't that where they taught OJ how to use a knife.?" "It's called the silent kill." said Faye. "The guy I know trained OJ to do the silent kill."

"I saw Arnie Kopelson last Sunday night at a screening at Len and Wendy Goldberg's house. We were talking about the Frogman pilot at dinner. Arnie helped finance get a print of it over to at the Chateau, but a couple of days later he said that there were no prints available."

"I think they've been destroyed myself." said Faye. "This friend of mine can tell you everything. Mark Lonsdale. The pilot was his idea. It was really a stuntman's show. NBC said, we'll take the project, but you have to use OJ in the lead."

"That would have been the request of Don Ohlmeyer, the president of NBC West Coast for OJ to get the lead. They're bosom friends. He visits OJ in jail several nights a week. He's a total advocate, very outspoken that OJ didn't do it. Seems strange for the president of a network."

"Mark didn't mind having to use OJ in the part," said Faye. "He said he had name recognition, and if the murders hadn't come along it would probably be on the air now."

"What did Mark think of OJ?"

"He said he was a real prick with a sense of public image. He'd be difficult on the set and then, if he spotted a fan, he'd be charm itself."

"Does it really show him slitting a woman's throat in the pilot?"

"He grabs a girl by the throat and puts a knife up to her throat," said Faye. "Mark said that there were a lot of spooky similarities in the pilot to what later happened in real life, that didn't seem spooky when the pilot was being made."

"There's a scene where he goes to his ex-wife's grave," said Faye. "And listen to this. There's a character in the pilot that OJ's character threatens to kill. The character's name is Goldman. OJ says the line 'I'm going to kill you, Goldman."

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Cochran

In one of the great tacky episodes of all time, Johnnie Cochran's first wife and his white mistress, who goes by the name of Patricia Cochran, joined forces on Geraldo to let Johnnie Cochran have it on the day after he tried to convince the jury that important evidence at the crime scene had been moved or contaminated by the Los Angeles Police Department.

Patricia Cochran told Geraldo, "Before they selected the jury, I asked him, 'Johnnie, what are you going to do?' And he said, 'Sweetheart...just give me one black person on that jury--that's all I ask, one,' and he could get a hung jury."

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Dr. Henry Lee

"Did I ever tell you this?" asked Harvey Levin. "About two weeks before the trial started, I was in Shapiro's office in Century City. This was before Johnnie Cochran took over. Shapiro was still in charge. He did the same sort of thing with me that he did with Jeffrey Toobin, when he leaked to Jeffrey the stuff about Detective Mark Fuhrman's racism. He was playing cutesy. I was asking him questions about the defense strategy, and he said, 'I would never be a source, but if you should happen to see anything in my office.'

He took a sign and turned it around. There, in a child-like spidery handwriting, were three possible defense strategies. Number One: OJ didn't do it. Number Two: Contamination of the evidence, Number Three: Conspiracy to frame.

That part was all fine, but I said something like, "Is that Dr. Lee's handwriting?' and Shapiro said, because I apparently wasn't supposed to have seen the signature, "That's not what I was showing you,' and then he kicked me out of his office."

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OJ's House

"I wanted to tell you about OJ's house on Rockingham. To give you a little background, I sold OJ the house originally for six hundred and fifty thousand. I have to say this about him, the guy was the best client I ever had. I didn't even know who he was at the time. I wasn't into sports.

Before he bought it, I'd rented the house to Carly Simon when she was married to James Taylor, and then to Tony Orlando.

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Paula

What he finally told me was that he got to talking to this beautiful young woman by the pool, where they just happened to be side by side on lounge chairs. She was in a bikini, dark glasses, covered in suntan oil. It was Paula Barbieri, but the name meant nothing to him at the time.

In conversation, she told him about this guy in Los Angeles that she'd just broken up with the day before. He didn't know the guy she was talking about was OJ Simpson. But, while he was listening to the story of her breakup, she was paged over the public address system--there's a call for you, Miss Barbieri--and she went to take the call.

When she came back, she said--words to this effect--'Remember that guy I was telling you about, the one I just broke up with? His wife was just murdered.'

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The Jury

A reporter who's a friend of a deputy who's a friend of another deputy who's connected to the jury of the Simpson trial called me on the morning of October second the first day of jury deliberation on the fate of OJ Simpson, to tell me that some of the jurors had already packed their bags in the Inter-Continental Hotel, where they have been sequestered for nearly a year, before leaving for court.

At that time, that bit of information seemed too far-fetched for me to pay serious attention to. But it turned out to be true. Some of the jurors had packed their bags and belongings.

Apparently, they had also already made up their minds. The deputy who told the deputy who told the reporter said three of the jurors had made plans to fly to Las Vegas for the weekend.

The night before, a person I know had visited Simpson in the country jail. He reported him to be upbeat, making plans for his future, looking forward to being with his kids. He said he was a man without a negative thought on his mind.

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