Sunday, September 9, 2012

OJ Didn't Do It

I saw a news article on O.J. Simpson the other day and it reminded me of this story.  Bear in mind that this is all hearsay on my part so take it for what it's worth.

I have a good friend who attended Tom Brown's Nature and Wilderness Survival School shortly after the O.J. Simpson trial.  For those of you who do not know who Tom Brown is, in a nutshell... he is arguably the world's best and certainly best known wilderness tracker and is often called on by law enforcement to find missing persons and criminals and is directly credited with locating several kidnapping victims.  

As incredible as it seems, my friend, Jimmy, said he witnessed Tom Brown uncovering fox prints in the forest under two layers of leaves as Tom's sensitivity of the environment was so keen that he could sense that the fox had been there without any visible evidence.  Jimmy said part of their training involved learning to sense, to feel, the environment around you.  As a final test of their skills, the students were taken a mile into the wilderness from base camp and dropped off alone, blindfolded and nude, on a frosty, moonless night.  Their mission was to find their way back to base camp within thirty minutes by sensing objects and stepping around and over them without breaking their necks.  Their navigational guide was a single drum beat five minutes apart.  

As an example of some of what he had learned, Jimmy showed me how to tell the sex of a deer from their footprints.  Basically, deer step one foot on top of another, front foot followed by rear foot directly on top of front.  If the rear print is stepped somewhat outside of the front print it's a doe, as does have broader hips than shoulders.  Of course, visa versa for bucks, rear print somewhat inside of front print because they have broader shoulders than hips.

During some campfire chat, they learned that Tom had been asked by the authorities to investigate the O.J. Simpson crime scene which he agreed to do but only if he could do it anonymously because he didn't want to be caught up in the publicity circus surrounding it.

Tom visited the crime scene and quickly came to two discoveries.  The infamous Bruno Magli footprint was not made by the designer shoe at all, but by a shoe that could be purchased at Thom McAn, an example of which he produced.  Secondly, he found evidence that the gloves supposedly worn by OJ at the scene were planted there, possibly by the police.  Naturally, information that never saw the light of day.  Tom Brown's conclusion was that O.J. was not at the crime scene the night of the crime.

Personally, I didn't know what to make of this information but something about the incident always seemed a little fishy to me, especially after learning that the boyfriend was basically a society drug dealer.  Who knows?  But I do know that I was saddened by the whole thing because I liked OJ from the time he was a college football star and as Detective Nordlinger in the Naked Gun series.  It turned out that his wife's death was also the death of that hilarious film series.

Post Script:  My friend Jimmy took Tom Brown's course because, by trade, he is a land surveyor and he had gotten a job surveying in the Alaskan wilderness and he wanted the tracking and survival skills.  His job involved him and a partner being flown deep into the wilderness by helicopter and dropped off for weeks at a time.  He told me that in many places the brush was so thick that they used bear paths to get around.  They both carried shotguns in case of a close encounter.  Five rounds loaded with, 00-slug-00-slug-00.  The bear paths were made by grizzlies.

17 comments:

  1. The entire OJ affair and trial went straight into the surreal for those directly involved and the nation itself as it watched everything on television.

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    1. Yes, it really was unbelievable and now, even more so.

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  2. I've actually heard of Tom Brown. He wrote several books about tracking and survival in the wilderness. As for what he had to say about the scene of the crime, I don't know what to think. There was an article in yesterday's newspaper in which someone on the prosecution team claimed that Johnnie Cochran tampered with the gloves so they wouldn't fit. We'll probably never know what really happened.

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    1. That's the same article I saw. I guess ole Johnny is slicker than we thought, right?

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  3. hmm, now that makes me crazy..ruined my theory of O.J. being the bad guy..

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    1. Me too. It all added up until my buddy told me this tale. I tend to trust people like Tom Brown.

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  4. We will probably never know the truth , but I remember OJ saying he was going to find the real killer. So far he has checked out dozens of golf courses without turning up any new evidence.

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  5. He need only look beneath his feet. Pesticides and fertalizers creating green deserts.

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  6. OJ was not the first celebrity murder trial but what always hit me during the whole debacle of it was the underlying issue of race. Damned if it isn't like just about every single murder trial in Detroit if a white guy slaughters his father (most recent) there is always the presumption of innocence but a black kid gets arrested and the presumption even in the black community is always to tend towards guilt. It's one fucked up system. OJ was on top of the world, he beat his wife but that did not make him automatically a killer, The whole run in the Bronco was not so much an act of desperation as it was someone (a black man who grew up poor) being knowledgable of the American REAL criminal justice system. So he got acquitted in criminal court which just about took every penny he had. But for those who thought a murderer went free he was convicted in civil court. which validated everyone's opinion.

    The one thing that always bothers me about this shit is once the cops have someone they can pin it on if it's a black guy they stop investigating even when there is an alibi that is plausible, granted OJ's flight to Chicago or wherever was pretty shady on the face of it but he was seen there.

    Is he where he belongs for the theft and death threats in Vegas, yeah probably but for what may amount to the rest of his life..naw that is bullshit.

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    1. Bullshit seems to be the one thing in abundance in this whole fiasco.

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  7. Interesting story. I enjoyed the mid-1990s nostalgia moment.

    Jono's comment reminded me of a one-liner from Norm McDonald on SNL. He quoted O.J. saying he would spend the rest of his life tracking down the real killer. Then he showed a picture of O.J. playing golf and said "the manhunt continues."

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    1. I guess it was a fiscal decision to start the manhunt where you can get free green fees.

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  8. I've always thought there was something fishy about the entire debacle. Our justice system isn't perfect, but we all knew that already. Was he arrested because he was OJ? Was he found not guilty because he was OJ? We will never know. This information is just one more question in a long line of questions without answers.

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  9. Whether OJ did it or not, the jury was right in not convicting him as the police bamboolzed the investigation, corrupted the evidence through incompetence and one of the lead detectives made no secret of his racism and there was sufficient documentation that his beliefs affected his job performance. The judge acted all star struck instead of doing his job which is unbiased justice. There are enough cases of people without OJ's celebrity who have been framed, evidence was suppressed and overworked lawyers didn't follow up on leads. I could understand why the families sued OJ in civil court as they felt justice had not been done, but they should have sued the police force as well.

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  10. ... interesting. If he is innocent, wow, what a horrible travesty.

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