*More than twenty years after the so-called O.J. Simpson murder case trial of the century, millions of people still remain fascinated with it. The FX mini-series, “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” and the upcoming ESPN 30 for 30 documentary, “O.J.: Made in America,” have re-ignited the conversation about all things O.J.
There are some who say that it’s only a matter of time before Simpson confesses to the 1994 murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. At least one of O.J.’s friends is also of the belief that it will happen.
That friend, Ron Shipp, a police officer who’s known Simpson for decades, spoke to the New York Daily News at the premiere for the “O.J.: Made in America.” He said the ex-NFL running back is tormented over the situation.
“The guy is in total torment today,” Shipp said. “Someone told me he is 300 pounds and he looks horrible. O.J. has always felt his appearance meant everything and now, deep down inside, he is starting to live with himself.”
Shipp also told the Daily News he believes Simpson will eventually decide, since he can’t go to prison for crimes of which he was acquitted, that he’ll just confess.
“I hope one day he actually will rid us of all the doubt and all the conspiracy theories and say, ‘Sorry I cannot go to prison [because of double jeopardy laws], but I am sorry I did it,'” Shipp said.
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Asked if he really believes that, Shipp said he does and thinks part of it will involve various conspiracies helping to push Simpson toward revealing a different truth.
“I do,” Shipp said. “I got a call about a conspiracy theory about Jason [Simpson’s son] being the killer and I thought, man, come on Juice, just say, ‘My son didn’t do it.'”
Simpson has been in a Nevada prison since 2008 after he was found guilty on 10 counts of robbery for stealing memorabilia — which Simpson claimed was rightfully his — at gunpoint in a heist in a Las Vegas hotel room. He is eligible for parole in October 2017.