Nicole Brown Simpson

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Nicole Brown Simpson
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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, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death Stabbing[1]
Resting place Ascension Cemetery
Lake Forest, California
Residence Brentwood, Los Angeles, California
Education Rancho Alamitos High School (Freshman & Sophomore Year)
Dana Hills High School (Junior & Senior Year)
Spouse(s) O.J. Simpson (m. 1985–92)
Children Sydney Brooke Simpson (b. 1985)
Justin Ryan Simpson (b. 1988)

Nicole Brown Simpson (born: Nicole Brown; May 19, 1959 – June 12, 1994) was the ex-wife of professional football player, O.J. Simpson and the mother of two of his children, Sydney and Justin. She was killed at her home in Brentwood, Los Angeles, California, 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 and education[edit]

Nicole Brown was born May 19, 1959 in Frankfurt, West Germany, to Juditha Anne Brown (born: Juditha Anne Baur) and Louis Hezekiel Brown.[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]

Personal life[edit]

Brown met Simpson in 1977 when she was 18 years old, while working as a waitress at a nightclub.[5][6] Although Simpson was still married to his first wife, Marguerite, he and Nicole began dating. Simpson and Marguerite divorced in March 1979.[7]

Simpson and Brown were married on February 2, 1985, five years after Simpson's retirement from professional football.[7] The marriage lasted seven years, during which time Brown and Simpson 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."

During their separation and later divorce, Simpson built a relationship with model Paula Barbieri, and Brown had relationships as well, including an alleged affair with Simpson's friend, fellow football player and football analyst Marcus Allen (who denies the allegation, though it is backed by multiple members of his and Brown's inner circle, such as O.J. Simpson,[9] Faye Resnick,[10] confidants to Sheila Weller,[11] and Simpson's defense attorneys, who claimed Allen confessed the affair to Simpson, and Simpson nonetheless let his friend get married at Simpson's North Rockingham Avenue estate[11][12][13]) and a fling with her friend Faye Resnick.[9][14] 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."[11]

Death[edit]

Early on the morning of June 13, 1994, aged 35, Brown was found murdered outside her home in Brentwood, Los Angeles, California, 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, and through it the larynx could be seen; the C3 vertebra was also incised. O.J. Simpson was arrested for the murders and found not guilty in a controversial criminal trial.[15] 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.[16][17]

Post-death[edit]

R&B group H-Town dedicated their album Woman's World (1997) to Nicole Brown Simpson to help victims of domestic violence.[18]

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.[19] Brown's parents continued unsuccessfully to fight for custody.[20][21]

Brown lived at 875 South Bundy Drive with her and O. J. Simpson's children at the time. Brown and Ron Goldman were murdered in the courtyard of that address, on June 12, 1994.[22][23][24] The house sat empty for two years, until the next owner extensively remodelled it and had the address changed to 879 South Bundy Drive.[25][26] In 1997, Simpson was evicted from the estate in which he had lived for 20 years, and which had been his and Brown's marital home, at 360 North Rockingham Avenue, after defaulting on the mortgage. In July 1998, the house was demolished by its next owner, Kenneth Abdalla, an investment banker and president of the Jerry's Famous Deli chain.[27]

See also[edit]

References[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". Articles.latimes.com. 1996-12-07. Retrieved 2014-02-23. 
  4. ^ Schindehette, Susan. "To Live and Die in L.A. – Murder, Nicole Brown Simpson". People.com. Retrieved 2014-02-23. 
  5. ^ "CNN O.J. Simpson Trial News: The Victims". Cnn.com. 1985-02-02. Retrieved 2014-02-23. 
  6. ^ "Cici Shahian | Nicole Simpson was dominated by her husband since she was a teen-ager – Baltimore Sun". Articles.baltimoresun.com. 1994-07-06. 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. ^ a b Simpson, O.J. & Fenjves, Pablo (2006). If I Did It (Cancelled ed.). ReganBooks. 
  10. ^ 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. 
  11. ^ a b c Weller, Sheila (June 12, 2014). "How O.J. and Nicole Brown’s Friends Coped with Murder in Their Midst". Vanity Fair. 
  12. ^ Harris, Art (September 24, 1995). "What the jury didn't see". CNN. 
  13. ^ Cronin, Lindsay Cronin (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. 
  14. ^ 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. 
  15. ^ Sumayah Aamir (Jul 7, 2014). "Nicole Brown Simpson's Father Dies 20 Years After Her Murder~". i4u News. Retrieved 7 July 2014. 
  16. ^ "Jury unanimous: Simpson is liable". CNN. February 4, 1997. Retrieved June 16, 2008. 
  17. ^ "Court: Simpson Still Liable For $33.5M Judgment". NBC5.com. February 21, 2008. Archived from the original on Oct 9, 2008. Retrieved June 16, 2008. 
  18. ^ Reza, H.G. (November 4, 1999). "The Brown Foundation Cuts Back on Giving". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-03-10. 
  19. ^ Goldberg, Carey (1996-12-26). "Simpson Wins Custody Fight For 2 Children by Slain Wife". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-03-10. 
  20. ^ 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.". Philly.com (Philadelphia Inquirer). Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  21. ^ "World: Americas OJ faces further battle over child custody". BBC News. 11 November 1998. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  22. ^ Margolick, David (July 25, 1995). "Simpson Expert Supports Conspiracy-Theory Defense". The New York Times (Los Angeles, CA). 
  23. ^ Siegel, Jessica (June 13, 1995). "Gawkers Flock To Crime Scene On Bundy Avenue 1 Year Later". Chicago Tribune (Brentwood, CA). 
  24. ^ Simpson, O.J. & Fenjves, Pablo (2006). If I Did It (Cancelled ed.). 
  25. ^ "Haunted Homes, #5: Nicole Brown Simpson's Condo". xfinity.com. p. 5. Retrieved May 12, 2016. 
  26. ^ "Lingering questions from the O.J. Simpson chase". The Orange County Register. June 16, 2014. 
  27. ^ Tribune News Services (July 30, 1998). "New Owner Demolishes O.J. Simpson Mansion". The Chicago Tribune. 

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