Exactly 25 years after the brutal murder of Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson, Goldman’s family spoke out for the very first time in an exclusive interview with ABC’s Good Morning America.
In the June 12 interview, Goldman’s father, Fred Goldman, told America, “The pain is always there, the loss is always there.
“It never goes away.”
“Today is just that much more intense,” he said. “It’s hard for me to imagine it’s 25 years. Ron would be 50 now.
“I have a hard time reckoning that whole idea.”
It was June 12, 1994, when Ron Goldman, who was working as a waiter, decided to return a pair of forgotten glasses to the home of O.J. Simpson’s ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson. It was a service that would cost Goldman his life, as the two were brutally murdered—stabbed to death—moments later in Nicole’s home in Brentwood, Los Angeles.
O.J. Simpson, the former Buffalo Bills player, was charged with the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson, his ex-wife, and Ron Goldman, the guy that happened to be in the wrong spot at the wrong time.
In 1995, after a lengthy trial that kept the nation on the edge of their seats, Simpson was discharged of all criminal accusations. Simpson himself always maintained he was innocent.
Goldman’s younger sister, Kim, who was also on the show, said she had just launched a 10-episode podcast called “Confronting: O.J. Simpson.” In the series, she talks to several key figures involved in the complex and infamous case, like prosecutor Marcia Clark, LAPD detective Tom Lange, and Kato Kaelin, who was Simpson’s houseguest.
For Kim, it’s a way to come to terms with the past, as well as trying to fill in the gaps and inconsistencies that make up most of the official rendition of the course events, she revealed in the GMA interview.
“I just wanted to go full force this year,” Kim told GMA. “Face some of my fears, face some of my anxiety.”
“For all these years it’s been a little frustrating that there’s been so much about this case … television series, fictional approaches, that I thought it was important to go right to the source.
“I wanted to understand how they were doing, what they were thinking,” she said.
She also managed to interview some of the jurors and soon found out that the three-and-a-half hour ‘consultation’ that the jury had taken was under suspicious circumstances.
“They corroborated what my dad and I always thought—which was that they didn’t do their job,” she said. “They pulled testimony just to cover up that they always knew what their answer was when they went into that jury room, and they wasted our time for three-and-a-half hours.”
Kim says she also shares with listeners in the podcast the coincidental encounter she had with Simpson a few years after his acquittal while she was still in her car at a parking lot.
“I was by myself in my car. I saw that gait … that I had been following for so many years,” she told GMA. “I revved the engine, and I gripped the steering wheel thinking I could take him out right here and nobody would know.”
But that was just a “fleeting” moment, she assured.
Fred said in the interview that it’s important to remember the victims of violence who don’t get a chance to tell their story in the spotlights as he has.
“It happens every day, and those families have the same pain that we’ve gone through and will go through for years to come,” he said. “We can’t ignore that. It’s way too important.”
Even though Simpson was acquitted in the criminal case, he still had to pay millions to the Goldmans as he was found liable for a wrongful death by a civil jury in 1997.
In 2008, the former Hall of Fame and NFL sports star was convicted in an attempted robbery and sentenced to a Nevada prison. Two years ago, he was released and now lives in Las Vegas.