LAPD officials are reporting that a knife that may have been used in the murders of Nicole Brown-Simpson and Ron Goldman has been found. The knife had been in the possession of a retiring LAPD traffic cop for as long as 18 years. According to sources, the knife was found buried during the demolition of Simpson’s home by a construction worker. The worker turned the knife over to the officer, who was working a traffic detail for a nearby movie production shoot. It is being reported that the officer may have had this knife in his possession since 1998.
The unidentified officer was slated to retire recently, and asked a colleague who worked in the LAPD Robbery Homicide Division to look up the case number to the Simpson case. He told others that his intention was to frame the knife and have the case number engraved on the frame. The colleague became concerned and told his supervisor who ordered the retired officer to turn the knife over to the LAPD. The weapon is described as being corroded and heavily rusted. It has been sent to a police lab to check for hair, blood residue, and any other DNA evidence. The investigation is under heavy security and does not bode well for Simpson who is currently serving a 33-year sentence for robbery at Lovelock Correctional Center in Lovelock, Nevada.
The Simpson mansion was located at 360 North Rockingham Avenue in Brentwood, a posh suburb of Los Angeles. It was purchased by investment banker Kenneth Abdalla for close to $4 million, and was subsequently demolished in 1998. Simpson was found not guilty of the murder of his ex-wife and Goldman. The case is still considered an open investigation because a murder suspect has not been caught. Simpson, however, cannot be retried for the murder because of double jeopardy.
Stay tuned for more updates as this story develops.