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Everything to Know About O.J. Simpson’s Infamous Rockingham Estate



Decades after O.J. Simpson stood trial in the murder case of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman, a new documentary is drawing attention back to the Los Angeles home that once belonged to the late NFL player.

In Lifetime’s The Life & Murder of Nicole Brown Simpson, which airs over two nights on June 1 and 2, Brown Simpson’s closest friends and family shed a new light on the “Trial of the Century” that took place in 1994 and 1995. 

Simpson’s former Brentwood home played a significant role in this period of the one-time couple’s lives and comes up several times in the episodes.

Here’s everything to know about his former Rockingham Avenue estate. 

O.J. Simpson and Nicole Brown in March 1994.

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Simpson, who died in April at age 76, purchased the 6,000-square-foot home for $650,000 in 1977, according to the Los Angeles Times. The property is also where he and Brown Simpson tied the knot in 1985. Brown Simpson was 18 years old and working as a waitress when she first met the football player in 1977, while Simpson was 30 years old and still married to his first wife Marguerite Whitley.

Simpson and Brown Simpson later divorced in 1992, two years before she was stabbed outside of her nearby Brentwood townhouse

Following the murders, a blood-stained glove and other evidence were reportedly found at Simpson’s Rockingham property, which was enough for the police to issue a warrant for his arrest. 

The property is also where Kato Kaelin was staying at the guest house at the time of the murders. He later became a key witness in the case.

And the address was the final destination of the infamous Bronco chase in June 1994, after which police finally arrested Simpson. 

In Oct. 1995, Simpson was acquitted on both counts of murder and was ordered to pay $33.5 million in damages to the families of Brown Simpson and Goldman.

This led to him eventually having to sell the home at auction.

A family photo of Ronald Goldman.

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In 1998, the $3.95 million Rockingham estate was demolished after it was bought by investment banker Kenneth Abdalla, who wanted to build a new mansion on the site. The demolition of the home sparked attention from the media and the public at the time. 

However, Brown Simpson’s sister Denise Brown told the Los Angeles Times how “happy” she was to see the property destroyed.

“I don’t think I’ve ever been this happy in a long time,” she said. “Simpson is slowly but surely being demolished. This was his pride and joy. No one was ever going to take it away. Now I see it in shreds and pieces and I’m like, ‘Yes!’ Someone did take it from him.”

O.J. Simpson’s former Brentwood home after it was demolished.

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That same year, Simpson told CNN he had “no feelings” about the demolition of his Los Angeles home. 

“Basically, I am not emotionally attached. I have some great memories of it, but I would have great memories of the L.A. Coliseum. And if they tore that down, I would still have great memories of it,” he said. “When I left it, I left it.”

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In 2016, another mystery unfolded when a knife that was allegedly found on Simpson‘s property after Brown Simpson’s murder was turned in to the police two decades after the trial.

“Within the last month, LAPD became aware of an item that was allegedly recovered by a citizen from the Rockingham property during the demolition of the site,” Captain Andrew Neiman said during a press conference at the time. “We need to vet that, we still don’t know if that’s an accurate account.”

Neiman further explained that the knife was obtained from a retired LAPD motor officer who had allegedly received the weapon from a construction worker while working off-duty on a movie set near Simpson’s former estate.

A month later, the LAPD confirmed to PEOPLE that the knife was not connected to the murders. 

“We did all kinds of forensic tests. We did DNA, blood, fibers. Everything that it could be tested for,” Neiman told PEOPLE. “The testing came back and based on the testing there is no nexus to the double homicide at this time and the case remains open.”

The Life & Murder of Nicole Brown Simpson airs over two nights on June 1 and June 2 on Lifetime.

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