More than a month after Simpson was acquitted, convicted serial killer Glen Rogers confessed to the murders of Brown and Goldman. Rogers, who is currently sitting on death row, gave a detailed account of how he killed them and even drew a knife he claimed he used that matched forensic evidence. The validity of Rogers' claims have not been proven and some believe he confessed with the hopes that he would be moved to California and avoid execution in Florida.
On the morning of the murders, O.J. Simpson's girlfriend Paula Barbieri left Simpson a 30-minute-long message on his answering machine, breaking up with him and saying she was flying to Las Vegas to be with Michael Bolton. After Simpson was charged with the murders, Barbieri got back together with O.J. and stayed with him until after the verdict was read.
In Darden's book In Contempt, he admits he had a weekend getaway to San Francisco with Clark, and the two had feelings for each other, but he won't go as far as saying anything got physical. "She and I were two passionate people thrown together in a trial that left us exhausted and lonely. She was willing to take off her jewelry and go to jail with me over a ridiculous contempt ruling. I was willing to be at her side during her child custody deposition. We sat up listening to hip-hop and R&B. We danced a few times and drank a few bottles of wine. In my mind, that is a relationship."
The press had a field day, because duh.
None of the car chase footage, O.J.'s recorded conversation with police (in which he said he deserved to die) or all the items found in the car—$8,000 in cash, some clothes, a loaded gun, a passport, family photos, and a fake goatee and mustache—were presented to the jury. The jury also never heard that Nicole Brown sought help from a battered women's shelter days before her murder, among many, many other things.
According to a Nielsen and Sony survey, the verdict was the third most "universally impactful" televised moment in the last 50 years behind Hurricane Katrina and 9/11. More than 100 million people stopped what they were doing to watch, and it's estimated that $480 million was lost in productivity. Prior to the verdict, President Bill Clinton was informed of security measures in case of national rioting.
In episode five of the FX miniseries, Judge Ito grants Domenick Dunn a special spot covering the trial and sitting with the Goldmans and Browns, mentioning that he knows he will be sensitive because of what happened with Dunn's own daughter. Dunn's daughter, Dominique Dunne, was an actress who played the oldest daughter in Poltergeist and died at age 22 after her ex-boyfriend John Sweeney strangled her in broad daylight. Despite overwhelming evidence, the jury convicted Sweeney of involuntary manslaughter, not murder, and he served only 3 years in prison. Horrified at the injustice, Dominick Dunn hired a special investigator to track Sweeney and make sure he never landed a decent job or married again. Dunn went on to become the most notable journalist covering the O.J. trial, given his special access.
After the verdict was read, O.J. hosted massive party at his Rockingham house in which his mother was ushered in via a Rolls Royce and "forty crates of champagne were brought in." The LAPD, who had just been devastated and humiliated by the trial, were called to the scene to protect Simpson's family and friends from rageful protesters outside. People put up signs at Sunset entrance to Brentwood reading "WELCOME TO BRENTWOOD. HOME OF THE BRENTWOOD BUTCHER" and "MURDERER LOOSE IN BRENTWOOD."
A CNN-Time poll taken at the time of the verdict showed that 62% of white Americans thought OJ was guilty and 68% of African Americans thought he was innocent. In 2015, a CNN/ORC poll showed that 53% of African Americans think the charges were justified, while 90% of white Americans believe he is guilty.
Darden had to take out a restraining order against the mother of his two year-old "love child" who was totally obsessed with the O.J. trial, and even occasionally sends emails as Nicole Brown Simpson. She has reportedly refused to believe that the actual Christopher Darden is totally uninvolved in The People v. O.J. Simpson.
O.J., now 66, is currently in a Nevada prison on kidnapping and armed robbery charges serving a 33-year sentence with possibility for parole in 2017. He shares a 15 by 8 foot cell with a bunk bed, toilet and air mattress he bought at commissary.