In Search of a Monster…

When I first heard about what had happened, I, like most people, went through denial of it ever happening. Then I realized the severity and nature of what had happened and felt a sense of compassion for both sides.

I still feel that way. You just can’t get over it. You hope there’s an ugly monster out there other than the person they have charged with this crime. And you sit and wait and hope it’s not true…

The thing that really gets me about the media coverage is the fact that there are people who have no compassion, and it shows. It doesn’t say a lot for our society or where we are headed or what we have evolved into when we take a tragedy like this and turn it into a profit.

Or we take tragedy like this and sensationalize it for ratings. I think that’s very, very unfair, not only for O.J., but for the victims and their families as well.

In this society of ours, once there is blood, we can’t help but feed on it. And that’s definitely true in this case because you have so much media coverage…

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Like I said earlier, you hope there is a monster out there that they are going to find that committed this horrible crime, and everything will halfway get back to normal.

But even if O.J. is found not guilty, his life will never get back to normal. If he’s cleared of all charges, there are some sick people in this society who will exploit him – to get him to show up at certain functions and the like just to sell tickets or whatever. And because of the tremendous costs he’ll have to bear to get through this, he will have to open himself up to that.

Walter Payton (Hall of Fame football star and holder of NFL Career Rushing) Record Ebony Magazine (September 1994)

Exploding the Myth! Remembering Nicole Brown Simpson…

 The Reward for an All-Star Image…

The Fearlessness of Truth…

There is always a yin and yang to things. Someone I know who has access to defense information told me in the corridor during a break that the defense really believes it’s going to win this case. “They think the autopsy photographs are going to work in their favor,” this person said.

“They’re going to bring in expert witnesses who are going to say that this could only be the work of a professional killer from a Colombian drug cartel, not a man like O.J. Simpson.”

Vanity Fair (August 1995)

Faye Resnick has been subpoenaed by the defense and, like Kato Kaelin, will surely be declared a hostile witness. She has been told to appear on July 3, which happens to be her birthday, and she is very nervous at the prospect. Evidently the defense is going to try to fit her right into the Colombian-drug-cartel scenario.

The defense indicated early in the proceedings that the Colombians were after her, not Nicole.

What surprises one about Faye Resnick is how bright she is. And fearless. I don’t think she’s going to be the pushover the defense is expecting. She knows a lot about O.J. and drugs. She told me that she had taken drugs with him. She’d think nothing of spilling the beans on the stand if the defense got rough with her.

She knows full well that Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman weren’t murdered by a Colombian drug cartel who thought they were killing her because she owed them money. I’ve seen Resnick roar with laughter at that idea.

Letter from Los Angeles by Dominick Dunne for Vanity Fair (August 1995)

“Those Who have Committed Crimes like These, It ill Behooves them to Complain of the Carnage they Leave.”  Appalling to Behold… Remembering Nicole Brown Simpson

The Story of ‘Nicole’s House’…

As well as an abiding interest in the life and legacy of Nicole Brown Simpson, I am also an artist who creates ‘Small Worlds’ of realism and fantasy in 12th scale miniature.

 “I just don’t see how our stories compare -I was so bad because I wore sweats & left shoes around & didn’t keep a perfect house or comb my hair the way you like it – or had dinner ready at the precise moment you walked through the door or that I just plain got on your nerves sometimes.

 I just don’t see how that compares to infidelity, wife beating, verbal abuse -

 I just don’t think everybody goes through this…. I called the cops to save my life whether you believe it or not..”

 These are the harrowing words written by Nicole shortly before her brutal murder on Sunday June 12 1994 in the garden of her Brentwood home in Los Angeles as her two children Justin and Sydney were sleeping.

 Nicole’s former husband O.J. Simpson was subsequently arrested, tried and acquitted of her murder and that of her friend Ronald Goldman in a relentless blaze of publicity the following year.

 I began to read about Nicole shortly after her murder in 1994, she was the focus for the research and publication of my BA thesis in 1999 and I have been reading about her ever since.

 She was also the inspiration behind the creation of my “California style” ocean-front house titled ‘Nicole’s House’ or ‘The Ghost of Brentwood’.

Hallway... Remembering Nicole (Nicole's House)

 In June 1994 and shortly before her brutal murder, Nicole was making plans to leave her home in Brentwood in order to escape the abuse and obsession that had characterised her long relationship with Simpson.

 Only days before her death, Nicole had seen a beach house in Malibu available for rent and she was excited and positive at the prospect of a move there with their children.

 ‘Nicole’s House’ is a House created in 12th scale miniature that tells several narratives:

 A recreation of some of the principle rooms at 875 South Bundy Drive as they were discovered in the early hours of Monday June 13 1994 as the investigation into the murders of Nicole and Ronald Lyle Goldman was underway.

 Additional rooms are created as a tribute to the style and essence of Nicole who loved the style of interior design that has come to typify the “California Look”.

 Finally, as we know that Nicole was planning a move to a beach house in Malibu, ‘Nicole’s House’ is a poignant reminder of “what could have been”.

To follow the story of ‘Nicole’s House’ here on WordPress, simply click on the link: ‘Nicole’s House’ The Ghost of Brentwood…

Thank you for Remembering Nicole!

Bye for now!

Tee

Nicole, the Model Mother…

The last photo of Nicole Simpson alive was taken as she proudly watched her son Justin, 5, graduate from kindergarten on June 8 – just four days before she was savagely slashed to death.

Nicole, 35, was wearing a black sleeveless dress that made her stand out from the crowd at the ceremony, held on the playground at Sunshine Pre School not far from her luxury condo in Brentwood.

National Enquirer (June 28 1994)

“Nicole’s face lit up with joy when Justin’s name was called out and he stepped forward to get his diploma,” said Mina Shekarchian, 35, the mother of another student.

“She was smiling broadly and clapped as loudly as she could… Justin was having a great time as he sang children’s songs with the other kids. He was laughing, and from time to time he looked over at his mom and waved.”

When the one-hour ceremony ended, Justin ran over to his mom and gave her a kiss, recalled Mina, who was standing beside Nicole at the time.

“Nicole asked her son, ‘Honey, what do you want to do tonight? This is your day and your treat. Oh, I’m so proud of you, Justin!’

“And with that, she reached down and hugged him close.

“What a fitting way to remember Nicole. She was such a good mother: My eyes fill with tears when I think that the wonderful children she adored will never see her again.”

The National Enquirer (June 28 1994)

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Trust Me! The Denials of Al Cowlings…

According to a report, porn actress Jennifer Peace claimed Cowlings revealed bombshell information during a night of lovemaking with her several days after the murders.

The actress claims Cowlings talked about the murder weapon, explaining: “Trust me, they’ll never find it. It’s in the water somewhere.” He also reportedly told her: “O.J. called me the night of the murders – hysterical, freaking out. He kept saying over and over: ‘I didn’t mean to do it. I’ve done something terrible. I didn’t mean for things to turn out this way.'”

Cowlings denied making statements to Peace. But, says Levin, Brown and Simpson family attorneys will now ask him point-blank about Simpson, the confession and the knife, not just about conversations with the porn star.

National Examiner (June 18 1996)

Cowlings refused to answer deposition questions about why he and fellow O.J. buddy Robert Kardashian tore apart Simpson’s golf bag, looking for possible clues.

O.J. prosecutor Chris Darden has suggested that O.J. could have taken the knife to Chicago in that bag.

And Faye Resnick, Nicole’s best friend, claims Cowlings KNEW O.J. got rid of the knife using his golf bag. “He should have the guts to tell the truth,” Resnick says…

The National Examiner (June 18 1996)

Never Forgotten! Remembering Nicole…

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” Oscar Wilde

Remembering Nicole Brown Simpson (brownsimpson.wordpress.com)

‘Death Ends a Life, Not a Relationship’… Never Forgotten!

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‘A Murder in Brentwood’ The Story Continues…

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‘The Ghost of Brentwood’…

The Story of Nicole’s House Continues…

Nicole Brown Remembered! A Journal by Tee Bylo, Writer, Geneablogger, Artisan, Whatever…

An Enduring Legacy!

‘A Loving Mother’

“Every Mother’s Day, Nicole, O.J. and the kids came to my parents’ house in Dana Point for a big family barbecue. There they were surrounded by my sisters and their kids.

“It was a wonderful day, a family event filled with love and joy – and whatever problems Nicole and O.J. had during their marriage disappeared.

“This was a day when Nicole celebrated being a mother. Instead of hanging out with the adults, she ran around and played games with all the kids. She got down on their level and had fun with them.”

A Life in Headlines (May 16 1995) (nicolebrownsimpson.net).net)

This year in the wake of Nicole’s murder, there will be no joyful family barbecue. “This Mother’s Day is going to difficult for our family,” confided Tanya Brown. “It will be the first one since her death.”

Despite her bitterness over her sister’s death, Tanya is comforted by the knowledge that she and the rest of the Brown family are raising Nicole’s children in a loving environment.

“I know Nicole is looking down from heaven with a big smile on her face. She sees that Sydney and Justin are happy – and that make her happy.”

The National Enquirer (May 16 1995)

A Most Favourite Day of the Year… Remembering Nicole Brown Simpson