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Former Friend Reveals He Was Terrified Of OJ Simpson

Riccio talks candidly about the Las Vegas incident on Mysteries & Scandals.

OJ Simpson The Crimes and Punishment Sneak Peek: Tom Riccio

In 2007, OJ Simpson got a call from Tom Riccio, a collectibles broker who had worked with Simpson in the past. He informed Simpson that a couple of dealers had some of OJ's personal property that went missing or were stolen from him.

"OJ was both angered and excited that a lot of his stuff he'd been looking for for many years was back in his grasp," Riccio says during the series premiere of Mysteries & Scandals. "He wanted it back. He came up with the idea to tell them that we had a rich OJ fan that wanted to buy this stuff. And that he would go there and try to get it back himself."

Eventually Riccio and Simpson showed up to the Las Vegas hotel room where the infamous crime went down. Riccio secretly recorded the entire event to cover himself should something happen. "I just thought it'd be a good idea to have a tape. Did I know exactly it was going to happen? No," Riccio says. "Did I think that something crazy might happen? Definitely a possibility."

The recordings were later used to support the conviction of OJ Simpson with Riccio testifying that OJ Simpson was in charge of the operation. "It was definitely OJ who pulled the strings," claims Riccio. 

With OJ Simpson being released from prison for his involvement with the incident in Las Vegas, Riccio says that he's somewhat anxious about Simpson. "Maybe I am a little nervous he's going to come and chop my head off," Riccio admits during Mysteries & Scandals.

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