A rather interesting twist in the murders of O.J. Simpson’s wife and her friend is being reported after a knife was found buried at the disgraced star’s former estate, and now it’s part of a top secret investigation.
According to TMZ, a construction worker found the pocket knife years ago, their sources with the Los Angeles Police Department told them, and now it’s part of a top secret investigation to analyze it for blood, hair and DNA evidence. The exact time in which the knife was found is unclear – the dates range from “several years ago” to all the way back to 1998, when the house was demolished – but the story of how it ended up in police hands is definitely bizarre, to say the least.
Whenever the construction worker found the buried knife, he sought out the nearest police officer he could find to turn it over. He ended up giving it to an off-duty traffic cop working security for a film shoot across the street, who then took it back to his home – where it stayed for years until he decided to retire.
TMZ has more on how it finally ended up in the forensic lab:
In late January of this year, after the cop retired from the LAPD, he contacted a friend who worked in LAPD’s Robbery Homicide Division (RHD). The cop told the friend about the knife and said he was getting it framed to put on his wall. He wanted his friend to get the DR (Departmental Record) number for the Nicole Brown Simpson/Ronald Goldman murder case, which he planned on engraving in the frame.
We’re told the friend was indignant, and told his superiors. The brass was outraged and demanded that the retired cop turn the knife over, which he did.
Our sources say the knife is currently being tested for hair and fingerprints. It will be moved to the Serology Unit next week, where it will be tested for DNA and other biological evidence.
TMZ’s sources familiar with the investigation said that cops who got a good look at the knife believe that it could have blood residue on it, but they have to test it to confirm what’s on it due to heavy rust and staining being present. Apparently, the LAPD is trying to keep this investigation as a secret as possible to ensure its security, and even logged it into the system outside of the official case against O.J.
Since he was found not guilty, the case remains open because the killer hasn’t been convicted, so police can – and will – continue to investigate the murders. The only problem is that even if new evidence comes to light, sources say O.J. cannot be prosecuted again due to double jeopardy.