After learning his ex-wife had been killed, O.J. Simpson returned to Los Angeles on June 13, 1994 with a very noticeable and still bloody cut to the middle finger of his left hand. When and where did O.J. Simpson cut his finger? Did the cut to Mr. Simpson’s finger occur during a violent fight or in a far more innocent manner? Did it happen in Los Angeles or in Chicago at the O’Hare Plaza Hotel?
O.J. Simpson: Fact or Fiction?
Episode 4: O.J. & the Cut
The fourth episode of O.J. Simpson: Fact or Fiction, a weekly episodic series of mini-documentaries which fully examines one element of the O.J. Simpson trial per episode, focuses on the large cut to Mr. Simpson’s left, middle finger.
The Red Eye to Chicago
On June 13, 1994 O.J. Simpson was scheduled to appear at a golf tournament in Chicago, Illinois for Hertz Corporation. Mr. Simpson traveled on a red-eye flight from Los Angeles to Chicago on June 12, 1994. American Airlines flight 668 departed Los Angeles International Airport at 11:45 p.m Pacific Time (PT) which arrived at O’Hare International Airport at 5:20 a.m. Central Time (CT).
The O’Hare Plaza Hotel
All of the executives and guests of Hertz Corporation were lodged at the O’Hare Plaza Hotel. Mr. Simpson checked into the hotel at 6:15 a.m. CT on June 13, 1994.
A Call from LAPD
At 8:05 a.m. Detective Ron Phillips of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) called Mr. Simpson’s room at the O’Hare Plaza Hotel and notified him that his ex-wife has been killed and his children were taken to the West Los Angeles Police Station for safekeeping. A distraught Mr. Simpson told Detective Phillips he would return to Los Angeles immediately.
After making several telephone calls to make his travel arrangements, Mr. Simpson checked out of the O’Hare Plaza Hotel at 8:30 a.m. CT. Mr. Simpson’s flight, American Airlines flight 1691, departed Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport at 9:41 a.m. CT.
O.J. Returns to Los Angeles
O.J. Simpson arrived to his home at 360 North Rockingham Avenue in the Brentwood section of Los Angeles at 12:10 p.m. Pacific Time (PT). He was met by LAPD officers and detectives upon his arrival. The detective in charge of the Rockingham crime scene, Philip Vannatter, immediately noticed the bloody bandage on the middle finger of Mr. Simpson’s left hand.
When, where and how did O.J. Simpson cut the middle finger of his left hand?
Was Mr. Simpson’s finger cut during a violent fight in Los Angeles or was it cut on a broken glass in Chicago?
Learn what really happened, beyond any doubt, in O.J. Simpson: Fact or Fiction? Episode Four: O.J. & the Cut:
Episode Four: Key Takeaways
The testimony of each of the witnesses included in Episode Four reek of credibility. Each individual detailed their personal interactions with Mr. Simpson on the night of June 12th or in the early morning hours of June 13th, 1994; none of them saw a cut or other injury to Mr. Simpson’s hands.
However, Hertz Vice President Dave Kilduff, who drove a distraught O.J. Simpson to the airport at about 8:45 a.m. CT on June 13, 1994, testified that one of the first things he noticed when he encountered Mr. Simpson outside the O’Hare Plaza Hotel was the still-bleeding cut to the bandaged middle finger of Mr. Simpson’s left hand.
I want to ask you to do something that is considered taboo when discussing the O.J. Simpson case: think logically. Mr. Simpson interacted with countless individuals between 10:55 p.m. PT on June 12, 1994 when he met limo driver Alan Park to leave for Los Angeles International Airport through 6:15 a.m. CT on June 13, 1994 when Mr. Simpson stepped in the elevator of the O’Hare Plaza Hotel to go to his room; no one has ever claimed that they saw a cut or bandage on Mr. Simpson’s hand or claimed that he was trying to conceal his left hand from view. The first person to notice Mr. Simpson’s injury testified that he immediately noticed it because it was a good sized cut on large hands.
In Episode Four you heard several of the witnesses testify that they were surprised by the large size of Mr. Simpson’s hands; they noticed and made a point to look at his huge hands. There should be no doubt that the middle finger of Mr. Simpson’s left hand was NOT cut prior to his arrival in Chicago on June 13, 1994.
The Dream Team’s Impressive Investigator
All of the incredible, unassailable witnesses whose testimony is included in Episode Four are a result of the tireless work of Mr. Simpson’s defense investigator Patrick J. McKenna.
At the request of Mr. Simpson’s attorneys Robert Shapiro and F. Lee Bailey, Mr. McKenna, a Chicago native, travelled from his home in Florida to Chicago on June 16, 1994. As a result of the incredible investigative efforts of Mr. McKenna, the defense was able to firmly establish one of the most important facts in the trial: that the middle finger of Mr. Simpson’s left hand was not cut prior to his arrival in Chicago on June 13, 1994.
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