Texas P.I. William Dear Claims To Have Proof O.J. Didn't Do It...Which Is Adorable. Argues "Juice's" Son is "The Real Killer"
In the nearly 18 years since the brutal murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, we've all -- as a planet -- collectively come to the general consensus that O.J. Simpson murdered two people, and that's likely because
he did of the mountains of evidence pointing in his direction (the blood, the glove, more blood, etc., etc., etc.).
However, Texas-based private investigator William Dear -- whose book (natch), O.J. Is Innocent And I Can Prove It is being released today -- tells the Voice that after investigating the murders for nearly two decades, he can now prove that O.J.'s son Jason is the one who got away with murder, not the Heisman Trophy winning running back.
We spent about 40 minutes speaking with Dear yesterday, and while he didn't convince us that O.J.'s innocent, his arguments aren't too far beyond the realm of possibility.
"This is not a bunch of bullshit," he assures us.
Dear concedes that when he first heard about the murders back in 1994, he was watching on TV as Simpson's white Ford Bronco was cruising down a Los Angeles freeway and thought to himself -- like many did at the time -- "well...O.J. did it." His children, however, reminded the seasoned sleuth that the case hadn't been fully investigated yet and that he should wait until it has before coming to any conclusions.
That was Dear's cue to travel to Los Angeles about two weeks after the murders, jump over the fence in Nicole Brown Simpson's back yard, and try to crack the case himself.
Dear says he knew right away that the victims knew the person who killed them based on where their bodies were discovered outside of Brown's Brentwood home. He says Jason Simpson -- whom he claims has a "Jekyll and Hyde" type personality -- should have been a suspect from the beginning.
"[Jason] had intermittent rage disorder. He was on probation [at the time of the murder] and had recently assaulted his former employer with a knife," Dear says. "But he was never interviewed by police."
Additionally, Dear says, authorities never tested Jason's finger prints or DNA against forensic evidence collected at the crime scene.
When Jason Simpson stopped paying the bill for a storage container he'd been renting, Dear bought it and says he found even more damning evidence against the younger Simpson -- including a hunting knife -- inside. Dear also says he bought the car Jason owned at the time of the murders, but wouldn't reveal to us what -- if anything -- was found inside the vehicle.
Dear's theory is this: the night of the murders, Brown had planned to go the restaurant where Jason worked to celebrate with family and friends after her daughter's dance recital. But Brown never showed. Angry and humiliated, Jason -- again, who Dear claims suffers from a "rage" disorder -- went to her house to confront her.
"I don't think he went there with the intention of killing her," Dear says. "But she probably made a mistake you shouldn't make with people who are off their meds [Dear claims Jason had stopped taking anti-rage medication he was prescribed around the time of the murders]. She may have slapped him -- we spoke with some of her former employees who said [Brown slapping someone] wouldn't be out of the ordinary."
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Jason, Dear claims, flew into a violent rage and killed Brown as Goldman was walking up to the house. He then stabbed Goldman, as well.
This is the point in Dear's story when anyone familiar with the case should ask "well then how do you explain Brown's and Goldman's blood ending up in O.J.'s car?" Dear's answer: there wasn't as much blood in O.J.'s car as the prosecution would have you believe.
"The amount of [Brown's and Goldman's] blood found in Simpson's car was about the size of a fingernail," Dear says. "The car wasn't full of blood, as Marcia Clark would have you believe."
Dear doesn't dispute that O.J. was likely at the crime scene -- or that he dropped the infamous bloody glove while there -- but he says he went there to check on his children who lived with Brown after Jason told him what happened. When he discovered the bodies, he knew he'd be considered a suspect and panicked.
Dear doesn't dispute the prosecution's theory of the path Simpson took to get home from Brown's condo -- or the testimony of witnesses who saw O.J. the night of the murder. He says, though, that any suspicious behavior O.J. demonstrated that night was because he was in panic mode -- in fear of becoming a suspect -- not because he murdered his ex-wife and Goldman.
As we mentioned, Dear has written a book, and it has a very sexy title that undoubtedly will get a lot of attention. But he claims, of course, that he's not in it for the money.
"It's going on 18 years of my search for the truth, so nobody can say I'm just trying to make a dollar off this," Dear says, explaining that no amount of money he would earn from the book would equal the 18 years of work he put into the investigation. "I want truth and justice. My hope is they form a special grand jury to take a look at [my investigation]."
Meanwhile, Simpson's rotting away in a Nevada prison because...well...karma's a bitch.
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