What famous homicide detective said, "I heard the call on the double killing. It took me 20 minutes to get there. My boss was already on the scene." Actually, his boss was outside of the murder scene. They went into the scene together. It wasn't LAPD Det. Mark Fuhrman commenting on his involvement in the 1994 O.J. Simpson murder case. It was O.J.'s future Naked Gun partner Frank Drebin of Police Squad! commenting on the first recorded murder case in his 1982 - 1994 TV and movie series career.
According to Mark Fuhrman all honest, intelligent people are supposed to believe that his involvement in the murder case that made him a bestselling author began with a 1:05 a.m. phone call from his boss Ron Phillips. You are then supposed to believe that he left his home in Redondo Beach about 20 minutes south of Nicoles condo in Brentwood and performed feats of daring and sleuthing worthy of Sherlock Holmes.
The fact that many of television character Ben Matlocks cases begin with an early morning wake-up call is no coincidence. As you will see, here are too many parallels in Matlocks observations and Holmes-like deductions to the ones that we are supposed to believe Fuhrman made on Bundy and Rockingham for the laws of probability to allow by chance.
Fuhrman claims that he didnt know who the dead woman was at 875 S. Bundy when he got there. He went so far as to write about joking with the lieutenant in charge about the cause of the wounds and his (Fuhrmans) superior ability to discern what kind of weapon made them. He quoted himself as saying that it was because he was the detective. The detective. Well over a dozen uniformed police officers had preceded Fuhrman and Phillips to Bundy but Fuhrman was the first investigator.
While Robert Riske, the first patrolman on the scene, guided Fuhrman and Phillips on a tour of the area, Fuhrman took "rough" notes. They were the neatest rough notes that you are ever likely to see. Apart from abbreviations like "ASST W/C" for assistant watch commander, "POSS" for possible, "S/B" for southbound, "SUSP" for suspect and "GSW" for gunshot wound, it reads almost as easily as type. He printed everything in caps with horizontal spacing that closely corresponds to type.
In the upper right corner of the front page is his badge number 21464. He did not write his name and the last two digits appear to have been rushed. More about that later. What I want you to look at now are the subtle "errors" he makes that tell a different story of who the notes were intended for than you might think at first glance. For instance, he was the only person working in the capacity of a detective on the scene when he began and when he finished his notes. News reports mentioned police as though there were several detectives on the job from the start. Some newsmen erroneously reported that the police found a bloody ski mask in O.J.s bedroom and a blood trail leading from his Bronco up his driveway and into his gate. Where could all of that have come from?
AT SCENE 0210 HRS 875 S. BUNDY
SGT. ROSSI, AM WATCH ASST W/C COMMANDER BRIEFED DETS ON SCENE
1) OFFICER RISKE RECD R/C "POSS 459
In rough notes you expect to see errors like the "POSS GSW" (possible gunshot wound) in note # 3. They suggest that the man who wrote them had no prior knowledge of the facts and did not practice what he wrote. Accordingly, if key portions of the notes had been practiced by the killer in advance to showcase in the national media, some of those errors had to be contrived. Fuhrmans second line of introduction to his notes is a case in point. He noted that Sgt. Rossi briefed detectives. He also says in Murder in Brentwood that he was writing his notes when his partner Brad Roberts arrived and that he (Fuhrman) was the one who briefed Roberts, not Rossi. How does that square with the fact that until Roberts showed up Fuhrman was the only one on the murder scene working as a detective and Riske is the one who briefed him and Phillips? It doesnt.
If Fuhrman intended to leak his notes to the media and give the impression that he was speaking for all of the investigators, he could not have done better. He did not give his name or mention the name of his partner. By writing that Rossi "BRIEFED DETS ON SCENE" as a preamble to his numbered notes he was painting a false picture of the number of investigators who contributed to the notes. The leaked report of "the police" finding a bloody ski mask (note # 17) in O.J.s bedroom closet on the 13th, is a case in point. Fuhrman and Roberts "found" "bloody" socks on the clean rug in O.J.s bedroom. A black leather glove was missing from O.J.s bedroom closet after they searched it. With those components of the story to work with, how much imagination does it take to invent a bloody ski mask in O.J.s bedroom closet?
Notice the leap ahead in time and space from Bundy to Rockingham by way of the black ski mask in note # 17? Those of you who read my other books about Fuhrman or his book about the murders know his penchant for the crudest forms of eclecticism in creating his characters and story lines. Put yourself in the killers place Take the clean knit cap from the murder scene. Call it a ski mask to hide your knowledge of what it really is and to give it a more sinister interpretation.
Add to the cap the blood that you left on the brown leather glove. Now that you have linked the cap to the ski mask and the ski mask to the blood, all thats left is the glove and the bedroom closet. Poof! There it is, a bloody ski mask in O.J.s bedroom closet. Now, what does a closet give you? How about a shameful secret a hidden identity as a spouse abuser, perhaps? Fuhrmans 1984 experience with the Simpsons in that regard got him invited to Rockingham.
Are honest intelligent people supposed to believe that these connections to Fuhrman, including the charge of spouse abuse that stuck only because of his January 18, 1989 report to the city attorney, are coincidental? If you dont believe that Fuhrmans notes reveal a great deal about the frame-up of O.J. Simpson and the real killer responsible for it, you have to believe that the notes are only what they appear to be on the surface. How can any honest, intelligent person believe that?
Fuhrman said that he was about three-quarters of the way finished with his notes when Ron Phillips told him that the Robbery/Homicide Division was taking over. He said that he then finished his notes and gave them to Phillips. Fuhrman said that he knew from a structural, political and logistical standpoint that RHDs takeover of the case was inevitable. That was true. He said that he naturally wanted to solve the crime. That also had to be true. But he called it a "whodunit" as though his interpretation of the evidence on Bundy hadnt already insured that O.J. would be charged as soon as his cut finger was discovered.
Fuhrman could have known about the cut only if he was the killer with a lookout at Rockingham to tell him. The Rockingham blood drops were proof of O.J.s alibi. Even with a lookout to report on O.J.s last minute activities and to relay the crucial news about his cut, the killer could not have known exactly where he was cut. He could not have simulated a corresponding cut in the glove let alone plant O.J.s blood inside of it. Therefore, if O.J. was framed, the killer had to leave the left-hand glove on Bundy and invent a blood trail from Bundy to Rockingham.
Fuhrmans bleeding killer theory alone is enough to indicate that he had prior knowledge of the killings and O.J.s bleeding left hand. The volume of blood on the killing ground was so great that the blood drops accompanying the bloody shoeprints were more likely than not to have belonged to one of the victims. Fuhrman said in his book that the killer ran from the scene in a panic. He said that the size of the blood drops leading to the alley told him that it was probably the killers own blood.
The bleeding killer theory reveals what all detectives knew about the meaning of blood drop patterns and selectively notes only one pattern the hardest one to discern and the one that would later implicate Simpson. The patterns he got wrong were much easier to spot, but pointed to someone more concerned about a good, photogenic shoeprint and a nearby blood drop than beating a hasty retreat.
The spacing of the shoeprints along with the direction of spread in the blood drops next to them told anyone with Fuhrmans training that the killer was roughly his own height and he was walking, not running. These were easy patterns to spot and there was nothing to suggest that the killer had been bitten by Kato the dog. Fuhrman knew the killers shoe size because the shoes he was wearing on the morning of June 13, 1994 were the identical size. When he materialized on Rockingham in 1984 he had to notice that he and O.J. were close to the same height and their shoe size was proportionate to their height.
Two police officers told Assistant District Attorney Lucian Coleman that Fuhrman boasted in a bar frequented by police of having an intimate sexual affair with Nicole. Along with those stories came stories that Nicole told Fuhrman that O.J. was abusing her. If that were all, it would be enough to make a logical inference that Fuhrman had O.J. in his sights with every significant thing he said, wrote and did on the 13th of June 1994. But that isnt all.
The condition of the bodies and the history of escalating spouse abuse that Fuhrman ascribed to O.J. from firsthand knowledge were nearly certain indications that O.J. was the killer. Then there was the size of the shoeprints. Most men roughly O.J.s height wear size 12 of the Reebok type that O.J. normally wore at home and the Bruno Magli type that the killer wore on Bundy. Both were ideal to measure because of the crisp border around the treads. Thats why Det. Lange took the Reeboks with him. Lange was also about O.J.s height and he had enough experience to know that he could make a valid comparison between his own shoes of a given style with O.J.s Reeboks and the shoeprints of the killer.
A thousand men in L.A. County alone might have worn size twelve Reeboks. Less than 300 in the entire United States could have worn the Bruno Magli Lorenzos. None of them could be traced to a purchase made by O.J. Simpson or to anyone else purchasing shoes for O.J. The Lorenzos were a mans version of the Bruno Magli (pronounced Molly) brand that Nicole bought for herself.
As you will see, the fact that Bruno Maglis were the womens shoes Nicole bought in New York, played a big part in the killers use of Bruno Maglis for the frame-up. They were sold only in 1991 and 92. In the early winter of 1992 O.J. looked at a pair in Bloomingdales in New York. The only way that link could have been established is if someone had followed him there like the roach Barbara Hershey smashes with her shoe in HBO TVs Tune in Tomorrow (90). As she looks at the mess on the soul of her shoe she says, "I think he followed me from New York."
Barbara Hersheys birthday is February 5th, the same as Jennifer Jason Leighs, Charlotte Ramplings and Mark Fuhrmans. Like Leigh and Rampling, Hersheys movie links to Fuhrman and the Bundy killings are numerous and striking. Tune in Tomorrow centers around a young man played by Keanu Reeves with the hots for his older aunt (Hershey), and Peter Falk as a writer who eavesdrops on private conversations and turns them into popular radio soap operas. Falks character uses a minimum of changes in his scripts to protect the identity of the real people and a host of disguises to collect his material. The younger man in the radioplay has the hots for his mother. Yes, hes a MF at least he wants to be one.
According to Sigmund Freud, all male children become self-absorbed little MF wannabes at a certain point with an unconscious wish to kill their fathers for occupying a place in their mothers affections that they wish to have. For some males this hidden desire becomes a debilitating factor in their sexual development. Freud called it an Oedipal (Edipal) Complex in reference to Oedipus the character in Greek mythology who murders his father and marries his mother.
In the Laura Hart McKinney tapes, hereafter referred to as the McKinney tapes, Fuhrmans violent sensitivity to his initials gives us an incest peg to hang a wealth of associations on. His history of threatening one of his mothers suitors with a rifle could mean that he had a problem with anyone being his mothers fucker. Pardon my French but, as you will see, that kind or language is another "French connection" to MF and his mother Billie.
In Cat People (82) Tessa Richarde is Billie, a character who performs oral sex on Paul Gallier played by Malcolm McDowell. Paul and his sister Irena have been cursed by an evil pact made by their ancestors. When he becomes sexually aroused he literally turns into an animal a bloodthirsty black leopard. The only person he can have a "normal" sexual relationship with is his innocent sister who knows nothing of the curse. The fact that Billie is also the name of Mark Fuhrmans mother together with the "MF" initials his parents gave him add a striking note to what Tessa Richardes character Billie says before lowering her head to Paul Galliers lap. She says, " Let Momma take care of that for you." We know for sure that she does because he turns into a leopard and kills her.
More about Cat People and incest links to Fuhrman in chapters 8-11. Yes, there are that many incest links and more in other chapters. For now we want to take a closer look at the French connections.
The Fuhrman network of movies has an incredible number of French connections. Of all the major cities in the US the three most closely connected to the French are Detroit, New York and New Orleans. Tune in Tomorrow begins in Detroit and goes to New Orleans. I got there by following the birthday link to Barbara Hershey.
If you cant imagine bug blood as comparable to human blood here are two references to men as cockroaches that should help. One is in an episode of Moonlighting with Bruce Willis as David Addison making a wisecrack about the fact that he has not turned into one, yet. Another is the movie Return of Swamp Thing (89) with French actor Louis Jourdan as an evil genius named Arcane seeking a formula for eternal youth. In one experiment, a scientist working for Arcane combines the genes of a man with the genes of a cockroach and gets a monster.
As a racist metaphor for children of mixed couples, the man/cockroach is hard to beat. Arcane has the thing killed in an electrocution chamber. The French connection here, of course, is Louis Jourdan. Take the "u" out of Jourdan, and what do you get? Jordan. Fuhrman named Michael Jordan of North Carolina State, his second favorite athlete of all time. He name Larry Bird of French Lick Indiana number 3. Boxer George Forman (Fuhrman) was number one.
Were going to explore the "formula" aspect of the films and TV shows linked to Fuhrman and the Bundy murders in chapter 2. Here we want to concentrate on the names and the things Mark Fuhrman associated with those names in a given context. Thats why the cockroach on the shoe and the man/roach killed by electricity (juice) are important. They link Fuhrman to the bloody Bruno Magli shoeprints and Nicoles bare feet photographed next to the electricity meter of her home.
You will note that Fuhrman called the shoeprints "footprints." Barbara Hershey plays a character in the 1991 HBO TV movie Paris Trout who leaves her footprints on a plate of glass. In another scene she cuts her foot badly on a shard of glass. The bloody shoeprints on Bundy were Nicoles brand, Bruno Maglis. The fact that Fuhrman called them "footprints" does not, in itself, show guilty knowledge of the brand of shoe the killer wore. But, when you include the fact that Nicoles feet were bare and Hersheys character in Paris Trout is an abused wife, it strengthens the possibility. When you include the idea of a man wearing "womens" shoes the connections becomes too strong to ignore.
That brings us back to Tune in Tomorrow and Peter Falk as the writer who dons various outfits to get material for his stories. If O.J. was framed, thats what the killer would have had to do. This is not just a case of a man wearing womens shoes; it's what he says dressed as a maid and pointing to other disguises and props. He says, " with these gismos I can sort of become the characters I invent. A trick of the trade." The camera focuses on his shoes as he leaves the room and walks across a tiled floor in the dark. Thats when Hershey spots the roach and squashes it with her shoe. Before Falk leaves the room he tells a sad story about a no-good husband and father. Fuhrman told police psychiatrists that about his father Ralph who left home when he was seven. Among other things, he called him "a big bullshiter." That was Peter Falks character in Tune in Tomorrow and the persona Mark Fuhrman said he invented for the McKinney tapes.
When Leslie Nielsen as Sgt. Frank Drebin, Detective, Lieutenant, made his first appearance in the 1982 TV series Police Squad! he had more in common with Lieutenant Columbo than one of his titles. Sure he had a silly side with a hint of bigotry and excessive violence. He ran into things when he parked his green car, slinging debris forward when he came to a sudden stop at extreme angles to the curb. The first time we see him park that way is at the scene of the double homicide where he knocks over a trashcan with a pointed stick inside.
He does not stumble and bumble his way to success like Peter Sellers French Inspector Cleuseu did until his rebirth as a caricature of the Mark Fuhrman we heard on the McKinney tapes. In the TV series he is perceptive and clever to ridiculous extremes, the ideal combination of every successful detective ever seen on primetime TV since Joe Friday.
Ralph Twice is the first character to die in the Police Squad! series, not counting the first "special guest star" Lorne Greene (the special guest stars are always killed during the opening credits). A blonde named Sally Decker shoots him for money to pay an oral surgeon. She shoots a second man and frames Twice as his killer. Drebin says he was washing his clothes at a Laundromat twenty minutes away when he heard about the double homicide.
You may know that Fuhrman drove a green SUV on the night of the Bundy murders, that he exaggerated the angle at which O.J.s Bronco was parked on Rockingham and that he claimed to have found the killers clothes in O.J. washing machine. You may know that Fuhrman lived about 20 minutes away from the scene of the double killing and evidence on both scenes was moved around before it was photographed. You may know that the bloody shoeprints were made twice. You may have noticed that the photos Mark Fuhrman had taken of himself with the evidence at the foot of Ron Goldmans boot were posed. But did you see how Ralph Twices body was posed?
Ron Goldmans body was photographed in a sitting position with his upper body leaning to the right. His head was turned to the right. His right hand extended farther forward than his left. His right leg was drawn up. His right forearm crossed over his right thigh. No, I am not confusing Rons body with that of Ralph Twice in the pilot episode of Police Squad! but it sure looks like the killer did. The chalk lines that were supposedly drawn around the bodied in Police Squad! bear no resemblance to where the bodies fell in relation to each other or in their actual configuration. One of them, an ancient Egyptian, doesnt even belong to the right millennium. It could easily represent a barefoot woman (like Nicole Simpson) in a short, sleeveless dress (like Nicoles).
If you could flip the Egyptian chalk line on its left side youd have a good representation of how Nicoles body was oriented in the Rolph Rokahr police photo relative to Rons and the distance between her head and his feet. You wouldnt be cheating if you did that because the outside of Nicoles right thigh was soiled, as you would expect if she had been laying on her right side before she was turned over and posed for the camera. There are no steps as such in front of or behind the Egyptian as there were behind Nicoles body when the murder scene pictures were taken, but in Police Squad! any play on words is fair game. You can therefore count the "steps" that the detectives take in front of and behind the Egyptian any way you like.
The victims blood is conspicuous by its absences. In a real crime scene you know that the detectives would be leaving a double set of bloody shoeprints past the bodies like the ones on Bundy. Leslie Nielsen is the trailing detective. He, O.J., Fuhrman and the killer all planted their feet as they walk as few men do, with their toes pointed straight ahead.
Those of you who have read Iago in Brentwood may have noticed that two people walking in tandem match evidence of Ron and Nicole as victims of a military-style attack. The bruise on the left rear of Rons scalp and the right rear on Nicoles, together with the blood on the upper steps, suggests that the attacker struck from behind as Nicole ascended the steps ahead of Ron. He had to have been trained and drilled in the military "stun" technique.
In the Police Squad! pilot, the killer, Sally Dekker, is an ex-marine, like LAPD Homicide Det. Mark Fuhrman. She has a slew of other identities hidden beneath a slew of wigs. She is a "hit man," which, is the same profession as a man called Dekker played by Forrest Whitaker in the cable TV drama Diary of a Hit Man (91). Another persona that Frank Drebin discovered in her past is a backup singer for "the Queen of soul" Aretha Franklin. .
Kathryn Leigh Scott is Sally Dekker. Her name links Fuhrman to the package he shined his flashlight on in the Bronco (it said, "Attention Cathy) and the 89 incident that Fuhrman supplemented with his letter to the city attorney about O.J., Nicole, the Mercedes and the baseball bat. The 89 incident started over a remark that Marcus Allens blonde girlfriend Kathryn made to Nicole. Fuhrmans violent tirade at the Marine recruiting office in Redondo Beach in 86 started over a remark Kathleen (Kathy) Bell made to him about his resemblance to Marcus Allen.
Fuhrmans fifth note tells us that everything he associated with the pizza menu is important; the "CARA," the "CAL," the "KITCHEN" the 575-5713 phone number, the coffee table and the female victims left leg. By following the pizza link to Mary Steenburgens Clara in Back to the Future III, I found the Mary, Cara, Sarah name connections to tombstones and Laura, and the rules he used to make the connections.
In The In-laws (79) with Alan Arkin and Peter Falk, Arkin is an oral surgeon. Peter Falk goes to his office at 731 Fifth Ave. (7315) and talks him into stealing a bag that nearly gets him killed while Falk is drinking coffee across the street from a pizza parlor (see Fuhrmans fifth note). In the pilot episode of Police Squad! Kathryn Leigh Scotts character gets involved in a double homicide over a debt to an oral surgeon. Think of the double-entendres you can make out of that relationship.
Need a closer tie to Nicole? Think about the fact that her doctors name begins with the letter Z as in Zlomsowitch. Now, think again about the Egyptian chalk line in Police Squad! and its resemblance to Nicoles body. What female Egyptian in ancient history would a "history buff" like Mark Fuhrman have associated with Nicole?
Given Nicoles fondness for performing oral sex, Queen Cleopatra born in 69 B.C. has to be the winner. She greeted Mark Anthony for the first time wearing red lipstick, a universally recognized way for prostitutes to advertise their proficiency in oral sex. Cleopatra did it, at least in part, as a brilliant political tactic. Imperial Russias Catherine the Great was reputed to have done it six times a day for fun.
Now that we have linked the 18th century German-born Russian Empress Catherine to giving great head (remember that phrase) and the Egyptian queen to a Roman general named Mark we can begin to make sense of the pizza menu in Fuhrmans fifth note. In the Police Squad! pilot, Ted, the lab guy, talks to a boy named Billy about his mothers body as she steps from the shower. Frank Drebin and his boss subsequently drive to "Little Italy" to see the widow of Ralph Twice. On the way we see the Roman Coliseum.
At Mrs. Twices home we see the leaning tower of Pizza through the open curtains of her living room window. Thats how O.J. saw Nicole with Keith Zlomsowitch. Mrs. Twice tells the detectives of Ralph being a good husband and father for twice as long as Ralph Fuhrman was to his wife Billie and his son Mark. In The Naked Gun (88) this scene has O.J. as Nordberg lying near death in a hospital bed. His wife is Wilma. A nickname for Wilma is Billie.
In the second episode of Police Squad! Tessa Richarde, who is Billie in Cat People (82), is Mary, Buddys sweet, blonde wife who is kidnapped by crooked gamblers. She alludes to herself as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz (Buddy Epsin was the original scarecrow). Buddy is a boxer who bloodies his gloves and Mary’s body in an embrace after he KO’s the champ. Buddy’s is a Detroit area sports restaurant and the brand name a pizza sold there. Detroit is the home of heavyweight boxing camp Joe Lewis. In Goldie and the Boxer, O.J. is the boxer Joe Gallagher. A young, blonde girl is Goldie, the kidnap victim of crooked gamblers..
In Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings, Billy Dee Williams is Bingo Long, the manager and star pitcher of a black barnstorming baseball team in the 1940s. James Earl Jones is his home run hitting catcher who is kidnapped by a crooked baseball team owner. In The Great White Hope he's Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Jefferson, a character modeled after the real Heavyweight Boxing Champ Jack Johnson.
We cant prove that Fuhrman saw any of the films or TV programs in this book any more than we could do it in The Smoking Gun or Iago. Therefore we have to abide by the rules of logic and the laws of probability that we abided by there to insure that we are drawing rational inferences that he did. We cannot change the rules as we go along. We cannot use shows that were aired after May, 1994. We can use the methods Fuhrman used for his composite characters. We can use the various ways he identified himself and the names of the men he called his favorite athletes: George Foreman, Michael Jordan and Larry Bird.
We know that Fuhrman wanted to write a realistic screenplay with Laura Hart using a strong female lead. You cant write a realistic script about adults without using the words real adults use. If youve ever seen a movie like The Cotton Club on commercial TV with G-rated words coming out of the mouths of angry gangsters you know how ridiculous it sounds. On the other hand, enough R-rated words and phrases are available to make Fuhrmans choice of one over all the others significant. You would think that any four-letter obscenity would have made the point nicely with Laura Hart to set the tone for Fuhrmans use of realistic cop language in their project. Guess what compound ten-letter c-word he used