O.J. Simpson was from a Nevada prison early Sunday after serving nine years on armed robbery charges. But his acquittal in a dramatic among Americans.
With the country once again divided over issues of race amid a national uproar over, patriotism and free speech, CBS News special correspondent James Brown and “48 Hours” retrace the events that led Simpson to this moment: from his landmark murder trial – where he was found not guilty in the deaths of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman, to how that verdict continues to influence race relations. “O.J. Simpson: Endgame” also focuses on what role domestic violence played in the murder trial and how the case impacted the careers of those involved.
For 90 minutes on June 17, 1994, nearly 100 million people were transfixed bycruising down a Los Angeles Freeway.
Operator: 911. What are you reporting?
Al Cowlings: This is A.C. I have O.J. in the car.
F. LEE BAILEY | O.J. SIMPSON DEFENSE ATTORNEY: I watched the whole thing, helicopters, cameras on bridges.
Al Cowlings to 911: Right now we’re all – we’re OK, but you gotta tell the police to just back off. He’s still alive, but he’s got a gun to his head.
Orenthal James “O.J.” Simpson, the football hero suspected of killing his ex-wife Nicole and her friend, Ron Goldman, was a fugitive with a death wish.
TOM LANGE | RETIRED LAPD DETECTIVE: I call. He picks up and I said, “O.J., this is Lange…”
Tom Lange call to Simpson in Bronco: Everybody loves you, don’t do this.
O.J. Simpson: Ohhh…
TOM LANGE: My only concern is to get him to put the gun down.
O.J. Simpson: I’m…