would have two children together; daughter Sydney and son Justin. But behind closed doors there were secrets…SHEILA WELLER: …there was violence through the thread of their marriage. Shipp, who has written "The Heart Behind the Badge," a book about his conversations with O. J."JAMES BROWN: So Ron Shipp, what are you going through internally? Shipp says after Ron Goldman and Nicole were murdered, detectives asked O. FRED GOLDMAN | RON GOLDMAN'S FATHER: The victims were lost. Goldman wasn't the only one worried; prosecutors noticed it too.
RON SHIPP: That night he had, you know, slapped her around. He had taught other officers how to recognize the signs of abuse. I mean, I believed 'cause she's got these bruises, but I'm like, "this can't be O. Three years later, he sat for an interview with ESPN host Roy Firestone to talk about the incident with his wife: O. Simpson to Firestone: You know, the day after this was over you know, we looked at, say, you know, we had a fight, we were both guilty, No one was hurt, was no big deal and we got on with our life. And she told people that and she wrote it in her diaries and she said it more than once. JAMES BROWN: Do you think that there was any chance that what got lost in that setting was the fact that there were two murders?
But one time, it seemed that the system balanced in favor of a black man, and still we Americans can't get past that. Nine months after the verdict, he spoke to CBS News correspondent Bill Whitaker: O. SIMPSON: I've accepted a long time ago that -- that a lot of the feeling that -- that we're getting right now has nothing to do with Ron, Nicole, or me. I know I'll never do commercials and stuff like that. SIMPSON TO HAROLD DOW: People of color have been, in a sense, victimized for years with the legal system… While the civil trial was going on, Simpson fought for, and won, custody of Sydney and Justin, then 11 and 8 years old. TANYA BROWN: The kids were taken away from us on Christmas Eve. For Simpson, it was back to playing golf and trying, to lead a normal life.
understood just how important race was in his murder trial. I'm playin' better golf [laughs] ever played, I ain't got nothin' else to do. FRED GOLDMAN [Emotional]: Finally, Ron got some justice. TANYA BROWN: I remember taking a picture with the family. Like, OK, great, there's responsibility, there's a consequence." But it's, like, "OK, but still, we're a grieving family." The verdict did come with an award for the Brown and Goldman families -- more than $33 million in damages, to be paid by Simpson. …Every time we took something away from him, it was about getting a piece of justice.
Brown's report features interviews with Ron Shipp, a former Los Angeles police officer and friend of O. and Nicole; , Ron's father; Tanya Brown, Nicole's sister; Sylvester Monroe, a writer who covered the trial for Time magazine and now is an editor at the Washington Post; Simpson's friend Joe Bell; sports sociologist Harry Edwards; and Simpson's legal "Dream Team" members F. Douglas tells James Brown the verdict in the Simpson murder trial was about more than just about the man on trial.
, patriotism and free speech, CBS News special correspondent James Brown and "48 Hours" retrace the events that led Simpson to this moment: from his landmark murder trial -- where he was found not guilty in the deaths of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman, to how that verdict continues to influence race relations. FRED GOLDMAN | RON GOLDMAN'S FATHER: My wife calling out, "Fred, Fred, the coroner is calling. and she said, "Your son, (voice breaks) was murdered." JAMES BROWN: What do you think happened?
JAMES BROWN: Yeah, but Carl, but it wouldn't involve changing pictures of my white friends to put up black friends if that's contrary to who he was. JAMES BROWN: Many in the black community considered you to be a traitor … White people on one side, black people on the other side. TANYA BROWN | NICOLE BROWN SIMPSON'S SISTER: I looked at the deputy and I said, "Can I leave? HAROLD DOW | "48 HOURS" CORRESPONDENT: What's it like to be O. I'm with you," and -- and everybody fell for it, I couldn't believe it. J.'s social circle were giving him the cold shoulder. His ill-conceived solution: offer up his thoughts on the trial— for a price in a mail-order videotape: 1-800 O-J-TELLS : The Goldman and Brown families also wanted their say and filed a civil suit against Simpson, charging that he was responsible for the murders. SIMPSON TO CBS NEWS' BILL WHITAKER: The best part about the civil case is – in -- in many ways, I think I'll get vindicated. SIMPSON: You're gonna see more truths come out in this case. BILL WHITAKER | CBS NEWS CORRESPONDENT: Are you ready to take the stand …
you wanna make sure there's nothing there that might offend anyone in your case. I did hear a lot of different things as to why I shouldn't have done it. RON SHIPP: One of the things I heard is all the-- going back to the slavery days, you know, all the things that we've gone through in this-- in this country that they felt that this O. Former LAPD detective Tom Lange has written a book, "Evidence Dismissed," about all the evidence he says points to O. And the only other type of blood we discover are of the two victims. And Johnnie Cochran's closing argument would leave the jurors with seven memorable words: "If it doesn't fit you must acquit."It took the jury less than four hours to reach a verdict: SYLVESTER MONROE: What I saw was … But the Goldman and Brown families were determined to make it about Ron and Nicole. SYLVESTER MONROE | WASHINGTON POST ASSISTANT FOREIGN EDITOR: Here is this guy, wants nothing to do with race and after he was acquitted, he's walking around in Dashikis and -- all of the sudden O. RON SHIPP: The fact that he was …totally, "Brothers, I'm here. had to make a living and try to repair his reputation.
But it would all come to light New Year's Day 1989. His punishment: two years probation, a fine and community service. RON SHIPP: I said, "Well why would you tell 'em no O. " …and he goes, "Well, to be truthful Shipp," and he chuckled …"I've had dreams of killing her."JAMES BROWN: Were you convinced in your mind then that he did it? And it was in the courtroom where Fred Goldman had hoped to get justice for his son.
SYLVESTER MONROE: At the time I was a correspondent for Time magazine in Los Angeles … SYLVESTER MONROE: You know, it's the pink elephant, the 800 pound gorilla, if you will, in the room, race is always there. Both sides were keenly aware of how the jury would view the defendant O.
According to reports, the conditions of his parole allow the disgraced NFL star to consume alcoholic beverages, but not to excess.
' Saturday Night Live' parodied Simpson entering the dating pool following his release from prison.
The former Heisman Trophy winner was spotted at Wahoo's Fish Taco and was photographed having a laugh at the bar.