Nicole Brown Simpson
|Nicole Brown Simpson|
Brown in 1993
May 19, 1959
Frankfurt, West Germany
|Died||June 12, 1994
Brentwood, Los Angeles, U.S.
|Cause of death||Murder|
|Resting place||Ascension Cemetery
Lake Forest, California
|Residence||Los Angeles, California|
|Other names||Nicole Brown|
|Education||Rancho Alamitos High School (Freshman/Sophomore Year)
Dana Hills High School (Junior/Senior Year)
|Home town||Laguna Beach, California, U.S.|
|Spouse(s)||O. J. Simpson (February 2, 1985–October 15, 1992)|
|Children||Sydney Brooke Simpson
Justin Ryan Simpson
|Parents||Juditha Anne and Louis Hezekiel Brown|
Nicole Brown Simpson (May 19, 1959 – June 12, 1994) was the former wife of professional football player O. J. Simpson.
Relationship with O. J. Simpson
Brown met O. J. Simpson in 1977 while working as a waitress at a Beverly Hills nightclub, Trey's. Although he was still married to his first wife Marguerite, Simpson and Brown began dating. Simpson and Marguerite divorced in March 1980. Brown and Simpson were married on February 2, 1985, five years after his retirement from professional football. The couple had two children, Sydney Brooke Simpson (born October 17, 1985) and Justin Ryan Simpson (born August 6, 1988). The marriage lasted seven years, during which Simpson pleaded no contest to spousal abuse in 1989. Brown filed for divorce on February 25, 1992 citing "irreconcilable differences".
In his hypothetical memoir If I Did It, Simpson describes Brown as having a dual personality—one caring and another reflexively hostile. Simpson depicts Brown as often emotionally abusive and states that she would continually argue with him, often over irrelevant and pointless things. Simpson also describes Brown as a habitual user of illegal drugs. Book ghostwriter/co-writer Pablo Fenjves later described Simpson's views as self-delusion.
Brown was murdered at her home in Los Angeles, California, along with her friend, restaurant waiter Ronald Lyle Goldman. O. J. was arrested, but was found not guilty in a controversial criminal trial. He was later found liable for the deaths in a civil suit brought by the two victims' families.
In 1996, after the conclusion of the O. J. Simpson murder case, a judge granted Simpson's petition to give him full custody of the children. Brown's parents continued unsuccessfully to fight for custody of Sydney and Justin.
Alternative murderer theories
- Bailey, F. Lee; Rabe, Jean (2008). When the Husband is the Suspect. Macmillan. p. 96. ISBN 0-7653-1613-7.
- Taylor Gibbs, Jewelle (1996). Race and Justice: Rodney King and O. J. Simpson in a House Divided. Jossey-Bass. pp. 126–28. ISBN 0-7879-0264-0.
- Lange, Tom; Moldea, Dan E.; Vannatter, Philip (1997). Evidence Dismissed: The Inside Story of the Police Investigation of O. J. Simpson. Pocket Books. p. 115. ISBN 0-671-00959-1.
- "Child custody decision". courttv.com. Retrieved 2009-03-10.
- "Judge Allow Evidence of Domestic Violence In O. J. Simpson Murder Case". Jet 87 (13): 51. 1995-02-06. ISSN 0021-5996.
- Taylor Gibbs, Jewelle (1996). Race and Justice: Rodney King and O. J. Simpson in a House Divided. Jossey-Bass. p. 136. ISBN 0-7879-0264-0.
- If I Did It
- Wolcott, James. "James Wolcott reviews O.J. Simpson's "If I Did It" | Culture". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- Reza, H.G. (1999-11-04). "The Brown Foundation Cuts Back on Giving". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-03-10.
- Goldberg, Carey (1996-12-26). "Simpson Wins Custody Fight For 2 Children by Slain Wife". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-03-10.
- Court TV's complete coverage of the O. J. Simpson murder case
- Nicole Brown Simpson at the Internet Movie Database
- Nicole Brown Foundation
- Nicole Brown Simpson at Find a Grave