Nicole Brown Simpson

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Nicole Brown Simpson
Nicole brown simpson.jpg
Brown in 1993
Born Nicole Brown
(1959-05-19)May 19, 1959
Frankfurt, West Germany
Died June 12, 1994(1994-06-12) (aged 35)
Brentwood, California, U.S.
Cause of death Stabbing[1]
Resting place Ascension Cemetery
Lake Forest, California
Residence Brentwood, California
Education Rancho Alamitos High School (Freshman & Sophomore Year)
Dana Hills High School (Junior & Senior Year)
Spouse(s) O.J. Simpson (m. 1985; div. 1992)
Children 2

Nicole Brown Simpson (née Nicole Brown; May 19, 1959 – June 12, 1994) was the ex-wife of professional football player O. J. Simpson and the mother of their two children, Sydney and Justin. She was killed at her home in Brentwood, along with her friend, a restaurant waiter named Ron Goldman. O. J. Simpson was acquitted of the murders, but was later found liable for the deaths in a civil trial.

Early life[edit]

Brown was born on May 19, 1959, in Frankfurt, West Germany, to Juditha Anne Brown (née Baur; January 21, 1931) and Louis Hezekiel Brown (1923–2014).[2][3][4] Her mother was German, and her father was American.[2] She attended Rancho Alamitos High School in Garden Grove, California and Dana Hills High School in Dana Point, California.[2]

Relationship with O.J. Simpson[edit]

Photo taken February 1986 at the Kahala Hilton Hotel in Honolulu Hawaii

Brown met Simpson in 1977 when she was 18 years old, working as a waitress at the Beverly Hills private club called The Daisy.[5][6] Although Simpson was still married to his first wife, Marguerite, they began dating. He and Marguerite divorced in March 1979.[7]

Simpson and Brown were married on February 2, 1985, five years after his retirement from professional football.[7] The marriage lasted seven years, during which they had two children, Sydney and Justin. Simpson pleaded no contest to spousal abuse in 1989.[8] Brown filed for divorce on February 25, 1992, citing "irreconcilable differences" as the reason.

During their separation and later divorce, O.J. Simpson built a relationship with model Paula Barbieri. Brown had relationships as well, including with her friend Faye Resnick,[9] and an alleged affair with Simpson's friend, fellow football player and football analyst Marcus Allen.[10][11] Allen denies the allegation, though it is backed by multiple members of his and Brown's inner circle, such as O. J. Simpson,[10] Faye Resnick,[12] confidants to Sheila Weller,[13] and Simpson's defense attorneys, who claimed Allen confessed the affair to Simpson. Simpson nonetheless let his friend get married at Simpson's North Rockingham Avenue estate.[13][14][15] Beginning in 1993, Brown and Simpson attempted to reconcile, but "they were a dramatic, fractious, mutually obsessed couple before they married, after they married, after they divorced in 1992, and after they reconciled, at the fraying edge of which reconciliation the murder occurred."[13]


In June 1994, Brown lived at 875 South Bundy Drive, in Brentwood, Los Angeles, California, with her and Simpson's children.[16][17][18] Early on the morning of June 13, 1994, Brown, aged 35, was found murdered outside her home, along with restaurant waiter Ron Goldman. She had been stabbed multiple times in the head and neck, and had defensive wounds on her hands. The wound on her neck was gaping; through it the larynx could be seen. The C3 vertebra was also incised.

Simpson's arrest and trials[edit]

Simpson was arrested for the murders and found not guilty in a controversial criminal trial.[19] He was later found liable for the deaths in a civil suit brought by the two victims' families and was subsequently jailed for an unrelated armed robbery at a Las Vegas hotel.[20][21]


Nicole Brown Simpson is buried in Ascension Cemetery in Lake Forest, California.[22][23]

In 1995, Brown's best friend Kris Jenner named her daughter Kendall Nicole Jenner in honor of Brown.[24]

In 1996, after the conclusion of the trial, a judge granted Simpson's petition to give him full custody of his and Brown's children, Sydney and Justin.[25] Brown's parents continued unsuccessfully to fight for custody.[26][27]

After Brown and Goldman's murders, the townhouse at 875 South Bundy Drive where they occurred[16][28][18] sat empty for two years, until the next owner extensively remodelled it and had the address changed.[29][30]

Cultural references[edit]

R&B group H-Town dedicated their album Ladies Edition, Woman's World (1997) to Brown, to help victims of domestic violence.[31]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Turvey, Brent E. (February 1995). "An Overview of the Medicolegal Evidence Regarding: The State of California v. Orenthal James Simpson, Case: BA097211". Knowledge Solutions, LLC.
  2. ^ a b c Shawn Hubler, Rebecca Trounson (4 October 2008). "Nicole Brown Simpson, July 3, 1994: Dreams of Better Days Died That Night". LA Times blogs: The Daily Mirror. Retrieved 9 October 2015. 
  3. ^ "Juditha Brown Recounts Daughter's Last Day – Los Angeles Times". 1996-12-07. Retrieved 2014-02-23. 
  4. ^ Schindehette, Susan. "To Live and Die in L.A. – Murder, Nicole Brown Simpson". Retrieved 2014-02-23. 
  5. ^ "CNN O.J. Simpson Trial News: The Victims". CNN. February 2, 1985. Retrieved February 23, 2014. 
  6. ^ Shahian, Cici (July 6, 1994). "Nicole Simpson was dominated by her husband since she was a teenager". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2014-02-23. 
  7. ^ a b 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. 
  8. ^ "Judge Allow Evidence of Domestic Violence In O. J. Simpson Murder Case". Jet. 87 (13): 51. 1995-02-06. ISSN 0021-5996. 
  9. ^ Howe, Caroline (February 26, 2016). "'Nic leaned over and started kissing me.' Faye Resnick's tawdry tell-all about Nicole Brown Simpson detailed their night of lesbian sex and how she could 'only be satisfied by OJ and Marcus Allen'". Daily Mail.
  10. ^ a b Simpson, O.J. & Fenjves, Pablo (2006). If I Did It (Cancelled ed.). ReganBooks. 
  11. ^ Bacchiocchi, Gina (February 19, 2016). "Simpson’s Lesbian Fling Exposed: She Was ‘Falling In Love’ With Female BFF, Tell-All Reveals: The beauty and Faye Resnick hooked up just one month before her murder". Radar Online. 
  12. ^ Frammolino, Ralph & Hubler, Shawn (October 20, 1994). "'Diary' Opens a New, Lurid Chapter : Author: Faye Resnick's bumps in the fast lane would be unremarkable except that she shared some of them with Nicole Simpson". The Los Angeles Times. 
  13. ^ a b c Weller, Sheila (June 12, 2014). "How O.J. and Nicole Brown’s Friends Coped with Murder in Their Midst". Vanity Fair. 
  14. ^ Harris, Art (September 24, 1995). "What the jury didn't see". CNN. 
  15. ^ Cronin, Lindsay (January 21, 2016). "Faye Resnick, Kathryn Edwards: Nicole Brown Simpson Affair, Marcus Allen On 'RHOBH' [VIDEO] (Things get tense when Faye Resnick is confronted by Kathryn Edwards on next week's 'RHOBH')". Enstars. 
  16. ^ a b Margolick, David (July 25, 1995). "Simpson Expert Supports Conspiracy-Theory Defense". The New York Times. Los Angeles, CA. 
  17. ^ Siegel, Jessica (June 13, 1995). "Gawkers Flock To Crime Scene On Bundy Avenue 1 Year Later". The Chicago Tribune. Brentwood, CA. 
  18. ^ a b Simpson, O.J. & Fenjves, Pablo (2006). If I Did It (Cancelled ed.). 
  19. ^ Aamir, Sumayah (July 7, 2014). "Nicole Brown Simpson's Father Dies 20 Years After Her Murder~". i4u News. Retrieved 7 July 2014. 
  20. ^ Author, Jennifer (Correspondent) & Feldman, Charles (Contributor) & LaMotte, Greg (Contributor) (February 4, 1997). "Jury unanimous: Simpson is liable". CNN. Retrieved June 16, 2008. 
  21. ^ The Associated Press (February 21, 2008). "Court: Simpson Still Liable For $33.5M Judgment". NBC5. Archived from the original on Oct 9, 2008. Retrieved June 16, 2008. 
  22. ^ Gernandez, Greg (October 4, 1995). "Emotions Draw Crowd of 100 to Nicole Simpson's Grave Site : Mourners: Flowers, notes are left by visitors to Orange County cemetery. 'Justice was not served, I'm sorry,' says one card.". Los Angeles Times.
  23. ^ Hardesty, Greg (September 29, 2008). "Nicole Brown Simpson’s little sister grows up ". The Orange County Register.
  24. ^ Jones, Jaleesa (April 11, 2016). "Kendall Jenner opens up about her 'mom's best friend,' Nicole Brown Simpson". USA Today. Retrieved January 29, 2017. 
  25. ^ Goldberg, Carey (1996-12-26). "Simpson Wins Custody Fight For 2 Children by Slain Wife". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-03-10. 
  26. ^ Morello, Caro (21 December 1996). "Judge Awards O.J. Simpson Custody Of His Children They Had Lived With Louis And Juditha Brown For 2 1/2 Years. The Couple Said They Feared For The Safety Of Their Grandchildren.". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  27. ^ "World: Americas OJ faces further battle over child custody". BBC News. 11 November 1998. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  28. ^ Siegel, Jessica (June 13, 1995). "Gawkers Flock To Crime Scene On Bundy Avenue 1 Year Later". The Chicago Tribune. Brentwood, CA. 
  29. ^ "Haunted Homes, #5: Nicole Brown Simpson's Condo". p. 5. Retrieved May 12, 2016. 
  30. ^ "Lingering questions from the O.J. Simpson chase". The Orange County Register. June 16, 2014. 
  31. ^ Reza, H.G. (November 4, 1999). "The Brown Foundation Cuts Back on Giving". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-03-10. 

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