They were both murdered in 1994 at Nicole Brown Simpson’s home in Los Angeles. The controversial O.J. Simpson trial was memorable and often bizarre. The victims’ stories arguably got muted in the mix.
NICOLE BROWN SIMPSON
She was born in West Germany in 1959. Her father was American and her mother was German. Brown’s family moved to Southern California when she was a toddler. She grew up in California and was popular. In high school, she was even crowned the homecoming princess.
Nicole Brown met O.J. Simpson in 1977. She was 18 years old and working as a waitress at a The Daisy, a private club in Beverly Hills. They began dating and Simpson divorced his first wife two years later.
Simpson and Brown married in 1985. They had two children together: Sydney and Justin. Brown was a devoted mother, who could have depended on nannies but instead made sure she took her children to dance and karate lessons herself. In addition to being a parent, she started her own interior decorating business.
Family and friends started to notice she was often covered in bruises. Simpson pleaded no contest to spousal abuse in 1989 and after 7 years of marriage, they split up. Brown filed for divorce in 1992, citing irreconcilable differences.
She was 35 when she died.
He was born in 1968 and grew up in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, not far from Chicago. When he was 6, his parents got divorced and he was raised by his father Fred Goldman who also raised his sister. In his youth, Goldman volunteered to help disabled children.
After moving to Los Angeles, Goldman worked as a tennis instructor, a job headhunter and various waiter jobs. He even earned an EMT license. He had plans to open a restaurant in the city named after the ankh symbol, the same symbol he had tattooed onto his shoulder. He was an aspiring actor and he made an appearance on a gameshow called Studs in 1992.
Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson met about six weeks before they were killed. He reportedly borrowed her Ferrari when they met, and that joyride was thrilling for him. The two often went to dinner, coffee and bars together. According to police and friends, they were just friends.
The night of his murder, he was working at Mezzaluna Trattoria. Brown had called the restaurant because her mom forgot her sunglasses at the establishment. Goldman found the glasses and agreed to drop them off at Brown’s.
He was 25 when he was killed.
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