20 Years After Nicole Simpson’s Murder: Where Are They Now?

From O.J. to Johnnie to Kato and Chris, the cast of this real-life television drama became household names.

O.J. Simpson listens to the not-guilty verdict with his attorneys F. Lee Bailey (left) and Johnnie Cochran  on Oct. 3, 1995.
O.J. Simpson listens to the not-guilty verdict with his attorneys F. Lee Bailey (left) and Johnnie Cochran  on Oct. 3, 1995. MYUNG J. CHUN/AFP/Getty Images

Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman were murdered on June 12, 1994, in Brown Simpson’s Los Angeles home. Suspicion quickly fell on Simpson’s ex-husband and NFL Hall of Famer O.J. Simpson, who was said to have been enraged by his ex’s relationships. From Simpson’s slow-speed chase on a Los Angeles freeway to Johnnie Cochran’s one-liner in his closing arguments, the 1995 trial—which lasted for months and was aired on national television—was hailed as the “trial of the century.” Twenty years later, we take a look at some of the key players in the real-life crime drama and where they are today.

Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman

Nicole Brown was a waitress who married the NFL star five years after he retired from football. They divorced after seven years of marriage. They had two children, Sydney Simpson, who now lives in Atlanta, and Justin Simpson, who stayed in Florida after his father went to prison. Ron Goldman was a waiter at an Italian restaurant in Brentwood, Calif., where Nicole Brown Simpson ate her last dinner. Goldman was returning a pair of lost glasses to Brown Simpson’s home when the killer attacked them.

O.J. Simpson, Then

O.J. Simpson, who had been divorced from Nicole Brown Simpson for two years, was missing in action for five days after the murder of his ex-wife and Goldman. He turned up on national television on June 17 in a 1993 white Ford Bronco, when he and his friend and former teammate Al Cowlings engaged in a low-speed chase on a Los Angeles freeway. The trial began on Jan. 24, 1995, and on Oct. 3, 1995, Simpson was found not guilty of all charges. However, in 1997 he was found guilty of the murders in a civil suit and was ordered to pay $33 million in damages.

O.J. Simpson, Now

On Oct. 3, 2008, 13 years to the date after he was found not guilty of the Brown Simpson and Goldman murders, Simpson was found guilty of armed robbery and kidnapping and was sentenced to 33 years in prison. Last July he was granted parole in relation to the robbery, but he remains in jail until at least 2017. Just last week he filed another appeal of his sentencing.