By Art Harris, (c) www.artharris.com, all rights reserved
A long-time O.J. Simpson insider and former manager who claims he heard Simpson confess to killing his estranged wife and Ron Goldman, says the ex-football star described Nicole Brown Simpson opening the door that bloody night in 1994 with a large knife in her hand â€“ the mystery murder weapon that was never found.
As someone who covered the trial and knew how frustrated LAPD homicide detectives became as they hunted for the mystery knife, I found that to be the most compelling detail in Mike Gilbert’s book, “How I Helped O.J. Get Away With Murder: The Shocking Inside Story of Violence, Loyalty, Regret and Remorse” (Regnery Publishing, 232 pages, $27.95). It went on sale Monday.
Just when we’ve thought we’d heard everything about the double murder, the author confesses he helped Simpson get away with it, and avoid paying a $33.5 million civil judgment to the Goldman family by secretly selling â€“and profiting from — O.J. memorabilia under the table…keeping O.J.’s dirty (not so little) secret all these years.
After a dream about his grandmother and the footballer’s slain wife, Gilbert says he had a crisis of conscience, decided to come clean and wrote the book, nicely timed to capitalize on Simpson’s upcoming September trial in Las Vegas on a slew of charges stemming from the alleged hold-up of collector-dealers at the Palace Station Hotel.
Charges include kidnapping (that could put him behind bars for life, with parole), armed robbery, burglary and conspiracy, not only against Simpson, but two co-defendants in the alleged heist.
Gilbert says he was hanging out with OJ at Simpson’s Brentwood home on Rockingham several weeks after he was acquitted in the murder trial, when O.J., high on pot, beer and sleeping pills, confessed what happened on June 12, 1994.
Simpson claimed he never brought a weapon to his ex-wife’s condo on Bundy, a two minute drive away, and that she came to the door with a knife in her hand. Simpson was furious she’d been dating his pal, Marcus Allen, he writes, and I remember sources telling me he’d been following her, also fuming some guy was driving the white Ferrari he’d bought herâ€”Ron Goldman.
“If she hadn’t opened that door with a knife in her hand … she’d still be alive,” Gilbert says Simpson told him.
“Nothing more needed to be said,” Gilbert writes. “O.J. had confessed to me. There’s no doubt in my mind.” Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman were stabbed to death at the entrance to her condominium.
Whoa, Mike. There’s a lot to fill in here and assume. If that were the case, that she was stabbed in the doorway, how did the bodies get out into the walkway?
The scenario of Nicole with a knife suggests that’s only possible if the dance of death meant Simpson disarmed her, dragged her into the alley walkway where her body was later found in a heap of blood, then fought off her brave defender, Goldman, slicing him up, too, after he stumbled upon the scene, confronted O.J. and tried to save the damned damsel. l recall both victims had defensive wounds.
They didn’t stand a chance, but … what happened to the knife after that?
If you tune in Nancy Grace on CNN’s Headline News tonight, I’ll be talking about my memories from covering the trial and some of the questions this new book answers and others it raises. OJ’s lawyer, Yale Galanter, calls Gilbert a lying, drug addict, but Mike says he’d have a much better shot passing a drug test than Simpson.
As for the knife, I know LAPD detectives not only tested the x ray machines at LAX to see if a knife could be smuggled through â€“it could be and was to the chagrin of the FAA â€“ then went to Chicago to see if he might have buried the murder weapon there. Others have said he dumped it in the trash at LAX.
Gilbert also says he was the linchpin of the infamous Arthritis Defense. That was the notion that Simpson was too hobbled and pained to be able to tangle with anyone, much less overwhelm two young folks with a knife. Nice try, OJ…To that end, physicians’ records were used and photos were taken of Simpson in pain.
But Gilbert says his contribution was key—claiming he visited Simpson in jail and suggested he stop taking his arthritis meds so his hands would swell up and the gloves he’d bought at a New York City department storeâ€”later found at his Rockingham estate after the double murders â€“ would be too small if he had to try them on at trial.
If the glove don’t fit you must acquit…remember Johnny Cochran’s famous line…
But what if the glove don’t fit because you didn’t take your meds?
Take a bow, Mike Gilbert.
You helped Simpson get away with murder.