Flashback: Chasing O.J. Simpson
Do you remember where you were on June 17, 1994? On this day 20 years ago, O.J. Simpson led police officers on a low-speed chase on Los Angeles freeways after failing to turn himself in on charges that he murdered Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. The bodies of Brown Simpson -- Simpson's ex-wife and mother of the couple's two children -- and Goldman were found outside of Brown's condo on June 13. Investigators believed Simpson was responsible for their deaths and requested he turn himself in. When he failed to do so, Simpson was declared a fugitive.
Simpson was spotted that evening on Interstate 405 in a now-infamous white Ford Bronco driven by his friend and former teammate Al Cowlings. For 60 miles and about 90 minutes, Simpson and Cowlings led dozens of police cars. Believing Simpson had a gun, police were concerned he was going to take his own life. All three of the major networks went to live coverage, and more than 95 million Americans sat glued to their televisions. NBC even minimized Game 5 of the NBA Finals to a small box in the corner of the screen and made the pursuit its primary coverage. The chase is widely considered one of the most iconic television moments in history. Simpson eventually returned to his home in Brentwood, remained in his car in the driveway for another 30 minutes, and then surrendered. He was taken into custody and held without bail.
Simpson's trial began in January of 1995. The proceedings aired live on Court TV and received extensive coverage around the world. After nearly 10 months, Simpson was found not guilty on Oct. 3, 1995. He is currently serving a 33-year sentence at Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada for an unrelated 2008 conviction of kidnapping and armed robbery.