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June 17, 2011 / jmeuropeana

O.J. Simpson and the white Bronco

On the 17th of June –

The famous Car Chase of O.J. Simpson in his white Bronco takes place in 1994. The police want to question him regarding the violent deaths of his ex-wife and her lover. Rather than talking to the police, OJ decides to make a run for it. The chase is aired live during the NBA Finals, making it the most-viewed true-crime live-coverage until the 2001 attack on the Twin Towers. OJ was later aqcuitted in criminal court, but held responsible for both deaths in a civil lawsuit. Some years later he committed an armed robbery, trying to steal sports memorabilia at gunpoint. He is now serving a 33-year sentence for that.

This event is now part of even European cultural heritage:
The car chase inspired French (?) artist Constantin Boym to the following work of art, in his series Buildings of Disaster:
Buildings of Disaster (série)/ O.J. Car Chase

And the following poster helped sell newspapars in Switzerland:
Tages-Anzeiger, 27.6.1996, O. J. Simpson /;Weber, Hodel, Schmid,


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