Plus and Minus
Nothing can be what it is purported to be with striking features of the real thing plus something that cannot co-exist with it or minus something that must co-exist with it in time, space or function. Those striking features are merely what make convincing illusions possible.
A facsimile of a cigar, for example, made of high-density foam and acrylic paint might look like a real cigar but it won’t smell like one or bun like one. An oil painting might look like an original Rembrandt with “his” signature and his characteristic color tones and brush strokes. But if the canvas didn’t exist until Rembrandt was a pile of bones the painting must be a forgery. A diary written by William Shakespeare has to have Shakespeare’s spelling and Shakespeare’s use of slang even if he could have written on the paper. It can’t have William Falkner’s spelling and Falkner’s slang.
The O.J. Simpson Case
What Shouldn’t Have Been Where It Was
Position of Nicole’s body: The list of what was present that should not be present has to begin with the position of Nicole’s body on her side at the base of her bloody steps. People experiencing great pain might curl up on their sides in a fetal position and expire in that position but they don’t fall that way. Only actors simulating an unconscious fall crumple to their sides to minimize the chance of hurting themselves. Nicole Brown Simpson was knocked unconscious with a sever blow to her head from behind. People who fall to the ground unconscious do not land on their sides.
Bundy Blood Flow: Liquid on an inclined surface follows the flow of gravity as you see with the blood flow on the walkway from Nicole’s front gate to the sidewalk and the water flow from when the walkway was washed down http://smartfellowspress.com/875_south_bundy_drive.htm The tributary of blood from Nicole’s neck wound toward the glove and cap flows a minimum of 20-degrees in the wrong direction, which can be accomplished only by manually directing the flow between blood pools.
Fuhrman and Roberts on Rockingham: Mark Fuhrman and his partner Brad Roberts made every key observation and discovery on Bundy and Rockingham on June 13, 1994 following Fuhrman’s arrival on Bundy with his supervisor Ron Philips at 2:10. Roberts arrived on Bundy alone at 2:30 in an unmarked police car that he drove when he joined Fuhrman on Rockingham. West LA was officially off the case by 2:40 but Phillips and Fuhrman volunteered to help out. Roberts was on Rockingham only because his partner Fuhrman was there. O.J. estate was in West LA where all of the uniformed cops on Bundy patrolled. Every cop there knew where North Rockingham Ave. was and the RHD detectives in charge at the time had O.J.’s address. There was no need for Fuhrman to have led anyone there.
POINTING FINGER PHOTO: According to Mark Fuhrman and police photographer Rolf Rokahr’s testimony, Fuhrman approached Rokahr and asked him to photograph something. Rokahr then asked Fuhrman to point at what he was talking about. Fuhrman appeared in two photos taken from different angles and distances pointing at the glove. Fuhrman's right sleeve and his hand with the pointing finger were in the close-up of Rokahr's Bundy glove photos. Once Fuhrman pointed at the glove there was no reason for him to be in either photo. Despite conflicting testimony about when those photos were taken, the frame count on Rokahr’s film strip shows that it was taken before Fuhrman went to Rockingham and reported that he found the matching glove.
FUHRMAN'S RIGHT SIDE: Fuhrman's right side, including his face and right shoe was in the distant photo. In a kneeling position with one arm extended and one foot planted flat on the ground the extended arm and the planted foot are on opposite sides to maintain normal balance. It takes a conscious effort to put the planted foot (size 12, determinable by the standard business envelope next to the shoe with its known dimensions) and the extended arm on the same side with the arm on the outside of the knee. The photo was supposedly taken to show the glove and the other evidence near it. However, Fuhrman, who shouldn't even be in the photo strikes an unnatural pose that identifies him more clearly than the evidence he is pointing at. His body also hides other evidence near the small cluster of story-telling evidence he is pointing to.
DRESS SOCKS – http://smartfellowspress.com/360_north.htm .
a) Socks on Rug: Mark Fuhrman and his partner Brad Roberts where first to report seeing dress, dark blue shocks beside each other on the light-colored rug in O.J.’s bedroom at the foot of his bed where NO ONE, including O.J., could have missed seeing them. These were the socks he wore to a formal event for the wife of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin the night before. The prosecution argued that he wore them the next evening with a pair of sued, high-top, rubber-soled shoes to Bundy where he killed Ron and Nicole. When he got back home, he took them off along with the rest of his clothes before he went to his bathroom to shower. He deliberately packed everything incriminating that he had with him on Bundy so as to leave no trace of their existence – except the socks, which he left in plain sight on the rug.
b) Blood and Blue-Black Fibers on Socks: Blood and blue-black fibers found on the Bundy murder scene were not discovered on the socks until two months after they were booked into evidence.
c) Report of Lab Result: Lab results on the socks that determine the blood was Nicole's, were accurately reported in the media before the tests were made.
d) EDTA: The blood preservative EDTA used in the LAPD Serology Lab’s purple-top test tubes to preserve reference sample blood was found in the blood on the socks but not in the unstained material around it.
e) Three-sided Blood Transfer Stains on Socks: The only test conducted to show how the blood appeared where it did on the shocks showed that it was not splashed on while someone was wearing them. It was rubbed in while both inner surfaces were in contact with each other.
Wet Transfer Stain on Bundy Blood Swatch: A blood sample identified in the LAPD Serology Lab as O.J. Simpson's wasn't put wrapped in a paper bindle until it was left to dry overnight. However, the unwrapped bindle showed blood transfer evidence that it was wrapped while the blood was still wet.
Artificial Blood Shapes: The human mind is capable of perceiving recognizable patters inside of complex amorphous forms with light and shadow like cumulous clouds or inkblots. Silhouettes, however, are not determinable by subjective interpretations. You cannot select the elements of a simple silhouette to create a simple shape. The shape is in the silhouette, not the mind. Natural blood flow does not assume the outlines of two, simple, artificial shapes inches apart http://smartfellowspress.com/smokinggun/smokinggun2/drawn_in_blood.htm
Unbroken Glasses: The Bundy murder scene inside the small area of the killing cage was represented by the prosecution as the arena of a ferocious battle between O.J. and Ron Goldman. Yet, the glasses in the envelope only a foot away from Goldman's boot were perfectly intact.
The Smokey the Bear Key Ring in O.J.' travel bag: RHD Det Phil Vannatter testified that he took O.J.'s travel bag from Mark Fuhrman's partner Brad Roberts when O.J. was handcuffed on June 13, 1994. He testified that he found nothing incriminating inside of it and returned it to O.J. without removing anything. However, his partner Tom Lange testified in the civil trial that he took two keys out of O.J. travel bag attached to a Smokey the Bear key ring. He said he did this "sometime after" June 17, 1994, following the so-called "slow speed chase" of Al Cowlings' Bronco with O.J. in the back seat.
The only sworn testimony about the description of Nicole's missing keys is that they were on a plain ring. Only Faye Resnick claimed that it had a "little bear" on it, the only feature that identified the stolen keys as Nicole's -- but only according to Faye's statement that Nicole told her O.J. stole them. The keys disappeared while Faye was living with Nicole two days before she checked herself into rehab. Nicole's jogging partner Cora Fischman said that Nicole told her she believed Faye stole the keys, which Cora said were on a plain key ring.
Kato's Thumps: The three distinct thumps that Kato described shaking his wall were too violent, too rhythmic and spaced too far apart to have occurred naturally within five minutes of when the limo driver was due to pick up O.J.
Fuhrman's Discovery of Kato's Thumps: Mark Fuhrman, who was officially off the case, found all of the evidence, made all of the observations and proposed the citizens-in-distress theory that led the four detectives inside of O.J.'s estate without a search warrant. He saw movement inside Kato's bungalow when the other three detectives went past it and called for Phillips to knock on the door. Only Phillips questioned Kato. Afterwards, Fuhrman gave Kato a field sobriety test citing "officer safety" as one of his reasons. However, he administered the test after the other detectives left the bungalow. He then asked Kato if anything unusual happened the night before, a question leading to Kato's revelation of the thumps -- information that Fuhrman didn't share until he investigated the source of the thumps by himself.
Suspiciously Parked Bronco: Fuhrman's judgment that the Bronco was parked suspiciously is not supported by the police photos showing how it was actually parked. His observation of an extreme parking angle that did not exist created the entire chain of events leading to his discovery of the glove
Painted Stick Next to Bronco: The Bronco's 2-degree parking angle well within the normal distance of the tires from the curb was not an objective reason to give it a second look. The sharp, white, foot-long piece of wood on the strip of grass next to the Bronco's passenger side front tire, was, however, an objective reason to look closely at everything around it, especially the Bronco. Only Mark Fuhrman claims to have found the source of the stick with his partner Brad Roberts in a pile of wood from a white picket fence in a field southeast of the murder scene in his Murder in Brentwood book.
Fuhrman theorized that O.J rammed his car into the pile of wood from the picket fence junk pile after the murders while he was discarding the murder weapon in the field. He theorized that O.J.'s Bronco picked up the stick in its "undercarriage" and that it flew out onto the parkway when O.J. came to a sudden panic stop on Rockingham. Apart from the fact that the physics of that scenario are impossible, the Bronco did not have an "undercarriage" capable of picking up that stick in the first place.
Dr. Lakshmanan Sathyavagiswaran: Dr. Irwin Golden performed the autopsies on Ron and Nicole's bodies. He performed hundreds of autopsies a year. Any errors he might have made were minor, normal, and detectible the photos he made, the specimens he kept and in the detailed drawings and careful notes he took of his procedure. His autopsy reports made it clear that there were two knives with similar characteristic in some instances used in the murders with different angels of penetration and a length (for one knife) of over six inches. His supervisor, Dr. Lakshmanan Sathyavagiswaran was predominantly an administrator who rarely performed an autopsy. Yet, the prosecution called him to testify in the criminal case in place of Dr. Golden.
Richard Rubin: The prosecutors in O.J.'s criminal trial chose not to call experts that were currently working at Isotoner glove company that manufactured the killer's extra large men's Aris Lights. Richard Rubin, the expert they called, was a retired Isotoner executive who knew only enough to identify distinguishing features of the killers gloves and gloves that O.J. was photographed wearing as a football color commentator. His testimony was tainted by messages he sent to the Goldmans indicating that he anticipated celebrating a prosecution victory with them together with his omission of evidence that the gloves in the photos could have been manufactured by manufacturers other than Isotoner. It was not necessary for the defense to call its own glove expert because Rubin's testimony was enough to discredit him.
Denise Brown's First Response to News of Nicole's Death: Denise Brown's cry that O.J. did it when first informed that her sister Nicole was murdered is inconsistent with any evidence that she had a logical reason to believe he did.
What Was Not Where It Should Have Been
Listed below are absent components of the case against O.J. Simpson that should have been present if he committed the murders he was charged with. Below that list are components of the case that were present but should not have been. This list includes documents and statements prejudicial to O.J. that were not presented in a court of law but widely disseminated by the media in the court of public opinion.
Missing Cut: All of the blood evidence on the Bundy murder scene propertied to have come directly from O.J. Simpson’s cut finger is based on the size of a cut on his finger when he returned to Los Angeles from Chicago.
1. One and a half cubic centimeters of O.J.’s blood from the test tube that his blood was stored in after LAPD nurse Thano Peratis drew it directly from his body on the afternoon of June 13, 1994. To keep the blood from coagulating before it can be tested, the vial manufacturer cotes the inside surfaces with a preservative that mixes with the fresh blood. In O.J.’s case, the preservative used was called EDTA, which came in vials with purple-colored caps. Other blood preservatives were used in test tubes with caps of different colors. Peratis testified that he extracted 8 CCs of blood from O.J.’s arm, the amount he took routinely. However, the clearly marked index level on the tube after all the tested blood was accounted for showed six and a half CCs.
2. a) Blood on the bottom of Nicole’s rear gate that was used in court along with an LAPD lab report that it tested positive for O.J.’s Simpson’s DNA was not photographed or tested until August. b) While the blood inside of O.J.’s Bronco was spread over a wide area with mixtures of O.J.’s blood, Ron and Nicole’s, it contained only enough DNA for two drops of blood.
3. Blood tested in the LAPD lab that was purported to have come from the blood drops on the walkway between Nicole’s front porch and the alley tested positive for O.J.’s DNA. However, there were no tests done on these blood drops for EDTA. The lab director Michele Kestler said there wasn’t enough blood from these samples left over from DNA testing to give the FBI for EDTA testing. The amount of DNA found in each sample varied greatly. Kestler designed the security system for the lab primarily to deny unauthorized access to illegal drugs. Blood samples were not secure from anyone with authorized access to the lab or anyone they allowed to enter the lab with or without official authorization. Once the door was opened anyone could enter.
4. Michele Kestler, her assistant director Greg Matheson and criminologist supervisor Dennis Fung examined the thin, dark blue socks photographed on a rug in O.J.’s bedroom in June but found no blood no them until August 4. Kestler claimed that she, Matheson and Fung did not see the blood the first time because they did not take the time to examine them closely and the socks were too dark to show the stains at a glance. However, defense forensics expert Henry Lee demonstrated in court that dark stain on the dark, thin material was easy to see simply by holding the socks up to a light source. The socks were not sent to the independent testing lab Cellmark for DNA testing until September. SID (the LAPD lab) set all of the other blood evidence in the case out to different labs on August 4.
5. When car parts buyer William Blasini entered the Bronco on June 21, 1994 at Viertele’s Impound Lot, he looked for blood and saw none.
6. Blue-black fibers on Ron Goldman’s shirt, Nicole’s dress and O.J.'s socks were not on the rug or anywhere else in or around O.J. house.
Other Missing Items
a) Piper Tech, which housed the LAPD’s Serology Lab where evidence was stored and blood was tested, had no security guards or cameras. Access to the lab itself was gained through a door by an electronic system the read access cards and recorded the time and date the card was used. Greg Matheson, the assistant director of the facility, could only estimate in his May 3, 1995 testimony in O.J.’s criminal trial that between 75 and 90 people had the cards. They included criminalists, property officers, unspecified lab support personnel, student workers, clerical staff, administrators and couriers. No system was in place to show who used the access card, who else might have entered when the card was used or when anyone left the lab or the facility. Furthermore, anyone in the lab could have let anyone else in with no way of tracking when it happened or who was involved.
b) O.J. Simpson’s Bronco was towed from Rockingham around noon on June 13 to the police print shed where it was supposed to be dusted for fingerprints. The tow truck driver was not named. No statement was taken from him as to whether or not he saw blood inside the vehicle on Rockingham when he went inside it to lock the steering column and make sure the emergency breaks were off.
c). On June 15, John Meraz, a tow truck driver for Viertele’s Impound Lot for 25 years, went to the print shed to move the Bronco to the impound lot a half mile away. He was met by RHD Det. Richard Haro, who signed off on a form with an unmarked checkbox for fingerprint collection and with a “Hold” box checked for a Hertz representative to pick up the Bronco. Meraz testified that he saw no print dust or blood inside the vehicle. There were no barriers to access to the Bronco, no security cameras and only one guard who Meraz testified was often distracted with other duties and had to chase unauthorized visitors away.
Blood Sample Authentication: Criminalist initials written on coin envelope containing a Bundy Blood drop sample at the scene were missing from coin envelope opened in the lab.
KEYS: When police investigated the murders on the Bundy murder scene and on Rockingham, Ron’s apartment keys were missing. So were Nicole’s spare house and gate keys, Nicole’s garage door opener (an electronic key), O.J.’s gate opener (an electronic key) and the spare key to O.J.’s Bronco normally kept in a kitchen drawer.
Golf Club: O.J. said that around 10:00 p.m. on the night of the murder’s he looked for a golf club he kept in his garage but never found it. No police investigation was done to determine the truth.
Phone Call Records: Between 10:30 and 10:45 pm on the night of June 12, 1994, an unidentified woman called 911 asking about a double homicide in the 800 block of South Bundy. In the same time frame a woman identifying herself only as someone from “Channel 4” called the Wilshire Police Station asking about two bodies on “the West Side.” No record was kept of these calls and the exact time they came in, although a Wilshire police officer did report the call he got shortly after he received it.
Identifications: a) The old man who called 911 for Boztepe and Rasmussen was never identified. b) The dog walker Louis Karpf saw walking north toward Montana around the time he saw the Akita in the street was never identified. c) Strolling couple Schwab met on Gretna Green before he found the Akita and again on Bundy after he found the Akita were never identified d) Woman on Bundy that Boztepe and Rasmussen asked to call 911 before they started knocking on doors was never identified. No physical description of woman or the car she drove away in and no record of police or prosecution attempt to identify her. e) Although the prosecution argued that Nicole called 911 on New Years Day 1989, the caller was never identified.
1) No police investigation of Faye Resnick’s background, allegations about O.J. and Nicole, her drug connections, the phone calls she made from Exodus House or her ties to other principles in the case….
2) No alibi checks on Ron Shipp or Mark Fuhrman (no record of Pomona witnesses or credit card receipt…)
3) No testimony from Nicole's 877 S. Bundy neighbors Jeff Taylor and his wife, as to an alleged conversation between Mrs. Taylor and Nicole about the Taylors' plans to be away from the condo on the weekend of the murders. 875 (Nicole Simpson) and 877 (the Taylors) were separated by a fence in front, a wall through the house and garage, and a hedgerow on the driveway.
Glove Evidence: There was no cut on the Bundy glove that corresponded to the cut on O.J.’s finger. Negroid limb hair inside the Bundy glove (there was none). More than one Negroid limb hair inside the Rockingham glove (there was only one)…One black leather glove (Det. Luper found only one in O.J.’s bedroom. The matching glove was missing). There were no insects and debris on the Rockingham glove.
Cap Evidence: Despite the fact that the knit cap on Bundy was photographed inches from blood and ground debris, there was no blood or debris on it or in it. Lab reports on the numerous naturally shed Negroid head hairs in the cap showed no indication of dandruff. According to the woman who cut O.J.’s hair, he had s seasonal dandruff problem should have left some traces of dandruff in his hair. There is no indication that his scalp or the hair taken directly from his head was ever checked for dandruff.
Murder Weapons: Mark Fuhrman demonstrated conclusively in Murder in Brentwood that a Swiss Army knife with a 3.5” blade matched most of the stab wounds in Ron Goldman’s body. The 6” + blade of the German Stiletto prosecutors showed in court matched one wound path through Ron Goldman’s neck. The bronze heel of the German Stiletto matched the blunt forcer trauma wound on the back of Nicole’s head near her right ear. Neither of the weapons used in the murders was ever found.
Toyota Keys: Ron Goldman’s friend Andrea Scott owned the red Toyota that police assumed Ron Goldman drove to Bundy and parked on Dorothy. Her keys were not booked in to evidence. They were not checked for Ron’s fingerprints. They were returned to her with untested blood still on them.
Toyota Trace Evidence: No hair or fiber from Ron’s clothing was ever produced to show that he sat in the driver’s seat of Andrea Scott’s Toyota.
Bronco Trace Evidence: LAPD investigators reported no blue-black cotton fibers in O.J.’s Bronco, the vehicle that the prosecution argued O.J. drove to Bundy to commit the murders wearing a blue-black cotton sweat suit:
Bentley Trace Evidence: Prosecutor Marcia Clark argued that O.J. was wearing the killers sweat suit made of blue-black cotton fibers when he drove to McDonald’s with Kato Kaelin. No blue-black cotton fibers were ever reported being found in his Bentley.
Bronco Dome Light and Cover: On August 26, Tom Lange discovered that the dome light that comes on when the door opens was missing (p. 212 and 213 of Evidence Dismissed). So was the dome light cover. No fingerprints were found on the bulb.
Other Trace Evidence: LAPD investigators reported no blue-black fibers in O.J.’s bedroom or his washing machine to show that he ever wore anything with blue-black fibers that were found on his socks, Ron’s shirt and the Rockingham glove. No fibers of any kind were found on the murder scene that matched any clothing in O.J.’s house.
LAPD Photographs: No photos were presented in court showing Andrea Scott’s Toyota parked on Dorothy. Lange testified that he saw it there when he arrived on Bundy. Riske gave no indication of seeing when he got there four hours earlier. Photos showing blood drop markers on the Rockingham driveway between the gate and the front door near the north path were taken at distances and angles better suited to hide their location than to show them. No photos were taken of the many blood drops the criminalist Dennis Fung chose not to collect running up the left side of the driveway. These were the blood drops that Mark Fuhrman wrote in Murder in Brentwood that his partner Brad Roberts set down his own markers for and Fung picked up.
Amateur Photographs: Pictures of O.J. were taken routinely by amateur photographers on and before the date of the murders he was accused of committing. There are no amateur photos of O.J. wearing Bruno Magli Lorenzo shoes (technically boots because of their high tops). To fake the photos presented in O.J.’s civil trial required professional photographers with access to special equipment and to the men in charge public relations at Rich Stadium. Those requirements for fakes do not come with photos taken by random amateur photographers. Those are the photos of O.J. in the Bruno Magli shoes that are missing.
Dog Tags: Kato the Akita's dog tags were missing and never recovered.
Killer’s Shoes: Identified as a Bruno Magli brand in the Lorenzo style only by the distinctive Silga shoeprints imprinted in blood on the murder scene according to FBI Special Agent William Bodziak. The killer’s shoes were never found.
Nicole’s Shoes: Nicole’s sister Dominique Brown told RHD Det. Tom Lange that she recognized the Bruno Magli logo in a brochure he showed her featuring two styles of Men’s shoes. She said that Nicole bought a pair of pumps in New York bearing that logo and pulled off one of the shoes she was wearing to show that they were the very shoes Nicole bought for herself. Lange and Vannatter only speculated that Nicole left her house in bare feet to open the front gate because her body was found without shoes or stockings. However, there is no report of anything on her feet that would have been picked up from walking outdoors in her bare feet. No attempt was made to determine what shoes she wore last and whether or not they were accounted for in her house – or on Dominique’s feet.
Nicole’s Watch: When Nicole was murdered she was wearing a men’s Swiss Army analog watch. Photos of the watch were taken when her body was autopsied. Other evidence indicates that it was stopped at 10:03 p.m. but the watch itself was never entered into evidence. According to Bill Pavelic, it was returned to the Brown family.
Two Coins: Lange’s report on the coins he found on Nicole’s driveway indicated two dimes and two pennies. However, the photos of the coins presented in court showed only one dime and one penny. Different photos show a dime and a penny spaced in different relationships to each other on the driveway. No close-ups of the coins were taken to clearly identify them by distinguishing individual features and not enough background was included in the cropped shots to indicate precisely where they were located.
Sign-in Sheet Name: Mark Fuhrman and Phil Vannatter testified that Fuhrman “returned” to Bundy where the pointing finger photo was taken after he found the matching glove on Rockingham. However, his name was not on the Bundy sign-in sheet for the time he said he was there. The police sign-in sheet for Rockingham was also missing the names of Fuhrman and Roberts who did not sign in or out. Tom Nolan’s name was not on any crime scene sign in sheet.
Fingerprints: 17 sets of fingerprints were lifted from the Bundy crime scene. The police were able to identify only one set but did not disclose who it belonged to, only that it did not belong to O.J. or anyone who lived there. No fingerprints, not even O.J.’s, were found in his Bronco. No fingerprints were stamped in blood on the surface of either bloody glove. No evidence of a bloody fingerprint on the lock of Nicole’s back gate described only by Mark Fuhrman, Brad Roberts and Tom Nolan (who could not have been on the Bundy crime scene) ever emerged.
Answering Machine Tape: J. Neil Schulman wrote in his book The Frame of the Century that Ron Shipp left news of the June 12, 1994 murders on a friend’s telephone answering machine between 5:30 and 6:00 the following morning. This was at least four hours before Shipp claimed that he heard the news while he was conducting business at a bank. The recipient of the message, Tom McCollum, said he turned the tape over to O.J. Simpson’s lead defense investigator Bill Pavelic. However, the tape never materialized, Pavelic said nothing about it and no one else on the defense team heard of its existence until a year after the criminal trial ended.
Police Report of Rosa Lopez’s Interview: Rosa Lopez, the housekeeper for O.J. Simpson’s next-door neighbor testified that Mark Fuhrman and an unidentified detective questioned her briefly on June 13. The timing of the interview indicates that the unidentified detective could only have been Fuhrman’s partner Brad Roberts. No police report of that interview was ever made by Fuhrman or Roberts. Bill Pavelic, who first interviewed Rosa Lopez for the defense, never asked her if she were questioned by police.
Missing Criminal Trial Witnesses Testimony
Faye Resnick had more to do constructing the prosecution’s murder case against O.J. Simpson than anyone else, yet she was not called to testify.
From page 44 of Joseph Bosco’s A Problem of Evidence, regarding Faye Resnick’s book Nicole Brown Simpson: The Private Diary of a Life Interrupted: “…The book also gave the prosecution its case bible: They culled not only almost their entire non-expert witness list from it but also their ‘case theory,’ which was presented at time verbatim in their moving papers and even their opening statement.
In fact, one of Judge Ito’s better lines came when he made an impromptu visit to the twelfth-floor pressrooms and was asked his opinion on the prosecution’s voluminous, salacious brief on the admissibility of domestic violence evidence at trial. ‘It reads like Resnick’s book,’ said the judge.”
Jai Fenjves was with her husband Pablo watching television in their upstairs bedroom across the alley from Nicole’s condo between 10:15 and 10:20 p.m. on the night of the murders. This is the time the prosecution argued the double homicide began and continued without pause for 30 minutes. Pablo Fenjves testified that he heard the “plaintive wail” of a dog between 10:15 and 10:20. However, he also testified that he went to a soundproof room in his basement about five minutes later and heard the dog barking when he came back upstairs at 11:00. The only person in the Fenjves household who could have heard the barking if it had been continuous was Jai.
The “old man” on Bundy who called the police for the couple who found Nicole’s body was a key timeline witness. He was the closet neighbor of Nicole who could have heard when Nicole’s dog started barking and correlated the time with the time he called Animal Control. He was mentioned in a detective’s interview with the couple that found the dog but never even identified by name.
Detective I Brad Roberts was Mark Fuhrman’s partner and the only detective to interview the couple that found Nicole’s body as well as the man who found her dog. Roberts found the socks on O.J.’s bedroom rug. He marked the multiple blood drops going up the Rockingham driveway that criminalist Dennis Fung did not photograph or collect. He did not name the man with him who Boztepe and Rasmussen (the body finders) and Schwab (the dog finder) took to be another detective.
Officer Tom Nolan is the man who West L.A. Homicide Coordinator Ron Phillips named in court as a West L.A. homicide detective and Mark Fuhrman identified by rank as a Detective I. He was a veteran West L.A. police officer at the time but not a detective. Phillips paired with Roberts in his testimony. He was the only officer in the case who Boztepe, Rasmussen and Schwab could have identified as the “detective” with Roberts.
Officer Chris Cummings was a patrolman who arrived on Bundy at approximately 12:30 a.m. on June 13, 1994. His field supervisor Sgt. Martin Coon, who arrived five minutes earlier, made him responsible for keeping the log that showed who came to the Bundy crime scene, when they arrived and when they left. Despite questions that arose during the criminal trial about detectives on Bundy who came and went without signing in or out, he was never called to testify. His log did not, for example, show Fuhrman returning to Bundy when Fuhrman claimed he did after finding the Rockingham glove to have the photo taken of him pointing to the Bundy glove. His log did not show each time Roberts came and left and did not show Nolan at all.
John Upson was the chauffeur in Shelton, Connecticut who testified in the O.J. civil trial that O.J. pulled out the large Swiss Army knife on June 9, wave it around in the backseat and said (p. 211, Evidence Dismissed), “This could hurt someone real badly. It could kill someone. It’s real sharp. Google: "Swiss Army knife" limousine Shelton (click on Murder in Brentwood). Although Upson’s story was widespread in the news media during O.J.’s criminal trial, he was not called to testify in the criminal trial.
Vic Pietrantoni is the RHD DETECTIVE who interviewed Upson on June 24, 1994. He did not testify in either the criminal trial or the civil trial. According to Evidence Dismissed, Upson took a polygraph test “conducted by the Connecticut State Police” and passed it. Nevertheless, the only mention of Pietrantoni in either trial is buried in this Tom Lange civil trial response to Phil Baker’s question (November 1, 1996): …
Q. Now, you made reference to a key being taken out of a duffel bag. Who was present when that key was taken out of the duffel bag; that is, the Smokey the Bear key --
A. There were other keys taken out. I believe I testified to two rings. It was myself and my partner, Detective Vannatter, Detective Dennis Payne. I believe Captain Gartland was present, District Attorney Marcia Clark, District Attorney Bill Hodgman, and I believe Detective Pietrantoni , P-I-E-T-A-R-N-T-O-N-I, I believe.
The Smokey the Bear Key Ring was the only incriminating item found in O.J.'s travel bag because the key attached to it fit a lock reconstructed from Cora Fischman's key to Nicole's house and back gate. Yet, it was never photographed, tagged or booked as evidence in O.J.'s criminal trial. It did not appear in Evidence Dismissed photos of items found in O.J.'s travel bag and was never mentioned in the book. None of the people Lange named as witnesses to seeing him remove the keys with the Smokey the Bear key ring ever volunteered nor were they ever called upon to corroborate his story.
O.J.'s civil trial attorneys never questioned the key ring's existence. They never asked to see it. Furthermore, their line of questioning suggests that it did exist but without a documented chain of custody to track it from the time police retrieved the bag from Cowlings' Bronco to the time Lange said he took the keys out of it.