Revisiting the O.J. Simpson saga

Twenty-three years ago O.J. Simpson’s ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman, were found dead, stabbed to death in a bloody scene on the front steps of her condo in west Los Angeles. Simpson, a pro football Hall of Famer turned television and movie star, almost immediately was shrouded in suspicion, and thus began one of the most sensational crime stories of the modern age, one that still divides much of the nation.

Every twist and turn of the case seemed as if it could have been scripted by Hollywood, from the slow-speed chase of a white Ford Bronco carrying a reportedly suicidal Simpson down the San Diego Freeway to the moment during his trial when the ex-football star struggled to fit his hands inside bloody gloves allegedly worn by his ex-wife’s killer. “If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit,” Simpson’s lawyer, Johnnie Cochran, later intoned, a line that has lived on in pop culture infamy.

After serving more than eight years of a 33-year sentence stemming from a 2007 armed robbery in Las Vegas, Simpson was granted parole by a unanimous vote of the Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners on July 20 and is eligible to walk out the gates of Lovelock Correctional Facility by Oct. 1 of this year Simpson had been found not guilty of the murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman in 1995, and the attention surrounding this parole hearing echoed the frenzy that surrounded that mid-‘90s cultural touchstone.

Here are some of the memorable moments and images of the O.J. Simpson saga, which began June 12, 1994.

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1993: O.J. Simpson and his wife, Nicole

Then, football star turned actor O.J. Simpson with his arm around his wife Nicole at the opening of the Harley Davidson Cafe on October 1, 1993 in New York City. (Photo: Rose Hartman/Getty Images)

March 16, 1994: O.J. Simpson with his ex-wife Nicole and their children

O.J. Simpson with his ex-wife Nicole Simpson and their children, daughter Sidney Brooke, 9, and son Justin, 6, at the March 16, 1994, premiere of Simpson’s new film, “Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult,” in Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo: Fred Prouser/Reuters)

June 12, 1994: The Simpson murder scene

Police tape surrounds the Bundy Drive home of Nicole Brown Simpson, ex-wife of former NFL great O.J. Simpson after she apparently was murdered late Sunday June 12, 1994. (Photo: Eric Draper/AP)

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June 13, 1994: The Simpson murder scene

Blood-stained sheets are strewn along the entryway of the west Los Angeles condominium of O.J. Simpson’s ex-wife, Nicole, on Monday, June 13, 1994, hours after she and a friend, Ronald Goldman, were found murdered there by a neighbor. (Photo: Eric Draper/AP)

Murder victim Ronald Goldman

A family photo of Ronald Goldman, who was murdered with O.J. Simpson’s ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson June 12, 1994. (Photo: Lee Celano/WireImage/Getty Images)

June 13, 1994: O.J. Simpson returns to Los Angeles

Former NFL star O.J. Simpson, center, and his attorney Howard Weitzman, right, are besieged by the media as they leave police headquarters in downtown Los Angeles Monday, June 13, 1994, after Simpson was questioned in connection with the apparent murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Lyle Goldman, 26, at the woman’s Los Angeles condominium. (Photo: Michael Caulfield/AP)

O.J. Simpson’s Rockingham estate

Investigators immediately turned their attention to O.J. Simpson, who lived five minutes away from his ex-wife. Police went to his home on Rockingham Drive, but Simpson wasn’t home. He had left late the night before on a red-eye to Chicago for a business trip. At Simpson’s home, police notice splatters of blood down the driveway. Behind the guesthouse, Detective Mark Fuhrman allegedly finds a bloody glove, matching one left at the Bundy Drive crime scene. (Photo: Mark Terrill/AP)

June 16, 1994: The funeral of Nicole Brown Simpson

After days of seclusion, O.J. Simpson attends the funeral of his ex-wife on June 16–joining their young kids, Sydney, 8, and Justin, 5, who were asleep at the house on Bundy Drive when their mother was murdered. (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

June 16, 1994: Ronald Goldman’s funeral

That same day, June 16, 1994, Ron Goldman is laid to rest in nearby Westlake Village, Calif., by his father, Fred, left center, his stepmother, Patti, left, and sister Kim, center. (Photo: Kevork Djansezian/AP)

June, 17, 1994: O.J. Simpson’s letter

This is the first page of a four-page letter written by O.J. Simpson concerning charges against him in connection with the murders of his ex-wife Nicole, and Ronald Goldman, shown June 17, 1994. As of early evening, Simpson was leading authorities on in a car chase outside the Los Angeles city limits. (Photo: Mark J. Terrill/AP)

June 17, 1994: The O.J. Simpson white Ford Bronco chase

A few hours after the press conference, police, who publicly declared O.J. Simpson a fugitive, tracked the ex-football star’s cell phone to a white Ford Bronco circling Los Angeles. The car was being driven by Al Cowlings, Simpson’s longtime friend and former teammate, who told police that Simpson was in the back with a gun to his head. A 60-mile slow speed pursuit began, with police on the ground, television helicopters in the air and an estimated 93 million people watching at home. (Photo: Sam Mircovich/Reuters)

June 17, 1994: O.J. Simpson is arrested for double murder

O.J. Simpson, center of rear seat, is driven into the Los Angeles Police Department headquarters on Friday, June 17, 1994, after his arrest following a low-speed freeway chase which ended in the drive of his home in West Los Angeles. Simpson was charged with two counts of murder in connection with the slaying of his ex-wife Nicole, and Ron Goldman. (Photo: Bob Galbraith/AP)

June 17, 1994: O.J. Simpson’s booking photo

Former Hall of Fame football star O.J. Simpson is shown in his official Los Angeles Police Department booking photo following his arrest for two murders in Calif., June 17, 1994. (Photo: Los Angeles Police Department /Reuters)

June 20, 1994: O.J. Simpson is arraigned for double murder

The nation continued to be transfixed by the Simpson saga. Mall shoppers in Tampa, Fla.,watch banks of televisions in an electronics store, June 20, 1994, as O.J. Simpson was arraigned in Los Angeles, Calif., for the alleged murder of his ex-wife and her male friend. Simpson, standing with his attorney Robert Shapiro, right, pled innocent to murder charges. (Photo: Chris O’Meara/AP)

June 21, 1994: National fixation with the Simpson saga

While O.J. Simpson was in jail, people posted signs outside his home in west Los Angeles offering their support. (Photo: Kevork Djansezian/AP)

O.J. Simpson’s dream team

O.J. Simpson hired some of the best known criminal defense attorneys in the country to defend him on double murder charges, including, from left, Johnnie L. Cochran Jr., Peter Neufeld, Robert Shapiro, Robert Kardashian and Robert Blasier. (Photo: Sam Mircovich/AP)

Prosecutors in the O.J. Simpson trial

While O.J. Simpson had his “dream team” of attorneys, the prosecutors quickly became household names, too, thanks to the daily televised coverage. The team was led by Marcia Clark and Christopher Darden. (Photo: Vince Bucci/AP)

Evidence in the O.J. Simpson trial

Among the most important pieces of evidence: a pair of bloody leather gloves, one found outside Nicole Brown Simpson’s condo, the other (pictured above) found thrown behind a guesthouse at O.J. Simpson’s nearby home. Simpson’s defense team argued that the glove found at the former football starâs home had been planted by police to frame Simpson. (Photo: Pool/Reuters)

Family members of the murder victims

Family members of murder victims Nicole Brown-Simpson and Ronald Goldman listen to court proceedings in the O.J. Simpson double-murder case on Jan. 23,1995, in Los Angeles, Calif. Shown (L-R): Nicole’s father Louis Brown, mother Juditha, sister Denise and Goldman’s stepmother Patti and father Fred Goldman (behind Juditha). (Photo: Rick Meyer/AFP/Getty Images)

Evidence in the O.J. Simpson trial

Los Angeles Police detective Mark Fuhrman holds up the shovel found in O.J. Simpson’s Ford Bronco during the investigation into the murders of Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson while testifying for the prosecution in Los Angeles,10 March 10, 1995. (Photo: Ted Soqui/Sygma via Getty Images)

Denise Brown cries as she testifies

Denise Brown, sister of murder victim Nicole Brown-Simpson, cries as she testifies on the witness stand during the O.J. Simpson murder trial Feb. 3 in Los Angeles, Calif. Brown had recalled an incident she witnessed when O.J. Simpson became angry at his ex-wife, throwing her to the ground outside their home. (Photo: Pool/AFP/Getty Images)

Witness Brian “Kato” Kaelin testifies

Witness Brian “Kato” Kaelin testifies under direct examination during the O.J. Simpson double-murder trial at the Los Angeles Criminal Courts Building in Calif., Tuesday, March 21, 1995. (Photo: John McCoy, Pool/AP)

June 12, 1995: Nicole Brown Simpson’s gravesite

Murder victim Nicole Brown Simpson’s mother Juditha (R), and sisters Denise (C) and Tanya (L) sit next to her grave surrounded by flowers, in Lake Forest, Calif., on June 12, 1994, the one-year anniversary of the murder of Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman. (Photo: Marilynn Young/AFP/Getty Images)

A courtroom demonstration

Los Angeles County Coroner Dr. Lakshmanan Sathyavagiswaram (R) demonstrates on prosecutor Brian Kelberg (L) the fatal stab wound to victim Ronald Goldman during the O.J. Simpson murder trial in Los Angeles, Calif., June 13, 1995. (Photo: Myung J. Chun/AFP/Getty Images)

Evidence in the O.J. Simpson trial

O.J. Simpson holds his hands up to the jury on June 15, 1995, to show the bloody gloves the prosecution says he wore when he murdered Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman. (Photo: Sam Mircovich/Reuters)

Evidence in the O.J. Simpson trial

Judge Lance Ito holds up a sample of a DNA sequence during the trial. The prosecution built its case largely around DNA evidence they said linked O.J. Simpson to the crime scene. But the defense raised questions about the reliability of the blood evidence; arguing it had been mishandled by police. (Photo: John McCoy/AP)

Sept. 26, 1995: Marcia Clark presents her closing arguments

Prosecutor Marcia Clark demonstrates for the jury how the murders of Nicole Simpson and Ronald Goldman were committed as she presents her closing arguments Sept. 26, 1995 at O.J. Simpson’s murder trial. (Photo: Pool/Reuters)

Oct. 3, 1995: The O.J. Simpson verdict

O.J. Simpson, center, with defense attorneys F. Lee Bailey, left, and Johnnie Cochran after Simpson was found not guilty of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman. (Photo: Myung J. Chun/AP)

Oct. 3, 1995: The O.J. Simpson verdict

The Goldman family reacts to word that O.J. Simpson has been found not guilty of murdering Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. (Photo: Pool/Reuters)

Oct. 3, 1995: The O.J. Simpson verdict

The Simpson family, including his mother, Eunice, and oldest kids, Arnelle and Jason, react as O.J. Simpson is acquitted of killing Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. (Photo: Pool/Reuters)

Oct. 3, 1995: The O.J. Simpson verdict

Members of the prosecution team, Christopher Darden, Marcia Clark and William Hodgman react after defendant O.J. Simpson was found not guilty of the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. (Photo: Pool/Reuters)

Oct. 3, 1995: The O.J. Simpson verdict

On Oct. 2, after just four hours of deliberation, the jury sent word that it had reached a verdict in the O.J. Simpson double murder case, but Judge Lance Ito delayed the announcement until the next day. With memories of the 1993 riots after the Rodney King verdict still fresh, Los Angeles officials stepped up security around the city, amid fear of racial clashes. (Photo: Mark J. Terrill/AP)

Oct. 3, 1995: The O.J. Simpson verdict

Newspaper delivery truck driver Jim Janiszeski shows off the late edition of the Oct. 3, 1995, “Buffalo News” displaying the headline of the day, the verdict of not guilty for former Buffalo Bills star running back O.J .Simpson. (Photo: Joe Traver/Reuters)

Oct. 3, 1995: The O.J. Simpson verdict

Part of a crowd of pedestrians react as they watch the Jumbotron television screen in New York’s Times Square, Oct. 3, 1995, and the news that O.J. Simpson was found not guilty of killing Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. (Photo: Rosario Esposito/AP)

Oct. 3, 1995: Ronald Goldman’s gravesite

Kimberly Goldman, sister of murder victim Ronald Goldman, sits and weeps at Ronald’s gravesite in Agoura, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 3, 1995. Kimberly came to the gravesite after the jury in the O.J. Simpson murder trial came back Tuesday morning with a “not guilty” verdict. (Photo: Olga Shalygin/AP)

Oct. 7, 1995: A candlelight march

Charlene Tilton, left, and Cindy Josten hold posters of murder victims Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, some of the more than 2,000 participants in a candlelight march to pass by Nicole Brown Simpson’s condominium on Sat., Oct. 7, 1995 in Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo: Eric Draper/AP)

Feb. 4, 1997: O.J. Simpson wrongful death civil suit

A large crowd gathers outside Los Angeles County Superior Court Tuesday, Feb. 4, 1997, in Santa Monica, Calif., to hear the verdict in the wrongful-death civil trial against O.J. Simpson. Simpson was found liable in the deaths of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman. (Photo: Mark J. Terrill/AP)

Feb. 4, 1997: O.J. Simpson wrongful death civil suit

O.J. Simpson, left, leaves Los Angeles County Superior Court in Santa Monica, Calif., after the verdict in the wrongful death civil suit against him Tuesday, Feb. 4, 1997. Simpson was found liable on all counts. (Photo: Michael Caulfield/AP)

Feb. 4, 1997: O.J. Simpson wrongful death civil suit

Fred Goldman, center, pats the cheek of his attorney Daniel Petrocelli, left, while being hugged by his daughter Kim and wife Patti following the verdict in the wrongful death civil suit against O.J. Simpson, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 1997 in Santa Monica, Calif. Simpson was found liable for the deaths of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. (Photo: Michael Caulfield/AP)

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