LAPD TESTS KNIFE AL­LEGEDLY FOUND AT O. J. ES­TATE

Uniden­ti­fied L. A. cop never re­ported hav­ing it

Chicago Sun-Times - - FRONT PAGE - Doug Stan­glin

Los An­ge­les po­lice con­firmed Fri­day that homi­cide in­ves­ti­ga­tors are ex­am­in­ing a knife pur­port­edly found years ago on the prop­erty where O. J. Simp­son was liv­ing at the time his ex- wife Ni­cole Simp­son and Ron Gold­man were killed in 1994.

Capt. An­drew Neiman said a con­struc­tion worker pur­port­edly found the knife buried on the Simp­son es­tate in Brent­wood in the 1990s and ap­par­ently handed it to an off- duty or re­tired LAPD of­fi­cer who was pro­vid­ing se­cu­rity dur­ing the film­ing of amovie nearby.

Neiman, cau­tion­ing the story could be “bo­gus from the get- go,” said po­lice learned of the ex­is­tence of the knife “in the last month” and re­cov­ered it from the now- re­tired of­fi­cer. The Simp­son house was de­mol­ished in 1998 by a new owner.

Neiman de­clined to fur­ther de­scribe the knife or iden­tify the re­tired of­fi­cer.

It was not clear why the of­fi­cer did not come for­ward ear­lier, but Neiman said it was his un­der­stand­ing the of­fi­cer may have er­ro­neously thought the case of the dou­ble homi­cide was closed.

“I was re­ally sur­prised,” Neiman said. “I would think that an LAPD of­fi­cer would know that any time you come into con­tact with ev­i­dence, you should and shall sub­mit that to in­ves­ti­ga­tors.”

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Ni­cole Brown Simp­son

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O. J. Simp­son

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