O. J. Simpson’s infamous white Bronco chase included a wrenching letter that the NFL great penned earlier that day 20 years ago..
Robert Kardashian, Simpson’s longtime friend, read the letter aloud at a news conference after it became clear Simpson was on the run.
The letter’s dark tone made some concerned Simpson was planning to take his life: “Don’t feel sorry for me. I’ve had a great life, great friends. Please think of the real O.J. and not this lost person. Thanks for making my life special. I hope I helped yours.”
Los Angeles police announced Simpson was a fugitive after he failed to appear for his scheduled arrest in connection with the slayings of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman.
Soon after Kardashian read the letter, police located Simpson’s white Bronco on Interstate 5 in Orange County and the chase began.
Here’s what the letter said.
To whom it may concern:
First, everyone understand I had nothing to do with Nicole’s murder. I loved her, always have, and always will. If we had a problem, it’s because I loved her so much. Recently we came to the understanding that for now we were not right for each other, at least for now. Despite our love we were different and that’s why we mutually agreed to go our separate ways.
It was tough splitting for a second time, but we both knew it was for the best. Inside, I had no doubt that in the future we would be close friends, or more. Unlike what has been written in the press, Nicole and I had a great relationship for most of our lives together. Like all long-term relationships, we had a few downs and ups.
I took the heat New Year’s 1989 because that’s what I was supposed to do. I did not plead no contest for any other reason but to protect our privacy. It was advised it would end the press hype.
I don’t want to belabor knocking the press, but I can’t believe what is being said. Most of it is totally made up. I know you have a job to do, but as a last wish, please, please, please leave my children in peace. Their lives will be tough enough.