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The O.J. Nobody Knew — July 4, 1994

Before his ex-wife’s killing in 1994, NFL legend O.J. Simpson was known not only for his prowess on the football field but also for his affable nature as an actor and celebrity. But shortly after he was accused of murdering Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, waiter Ronald Goldman, details about rage-filled fights with his ex-wife that were fueled by jealousy began to emerge. “I don't know who the guy is,” Simpson's longtime acquaintance, onetime National Football League superstar Jim Brown, said at the time. In 1995, after the “Trial of the Century,” Simpson was famously acquitted of double murder. But after a conviction for a 2007 armed robbery and kidnapping in Las Vegas, Simpson is now serving a 33-year-sentence, though he is eligible for parole in July.

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