The alleged discovery of a knife at the property of O.J. Simpson has prompted renewed speculation about the 1994 deaths of his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and Ronald Goldman.
Simpson, who was famously acquitted of the double murder in 1995, spoke to an anonymous source after a retired police officer claimed he was given a knife by a construction worker in 1998, according to Daily Mail. Police never found the knife used to kill Nicole Brown Simpson and Goldman.
The worker allegedly came across the knife while demolishing the Simpson mansion.
“O.J. was laughing but he was also really p----- off,” the source told Daily Mail.
“It's complete bulls---. But this is all they got. It's pathetic, really pathetic,” Simpson reportedly told the source. “Let me tell ya'll something, I'm not that stupid, I got on a plane that night going to Chicago, that's all I'm gonna say.”
Simpson allegedly added, “It's a lie and a desperate attempt to remind everyone that I am a murderer even though they couldn't prove it.”
The retired Los Angeles Police officer, who has not been named, stated he thought the case had been closed so kept the knife. He was allegedly preparing to frame it for his wall when a friend heard about it and reported the matter to his superiors in February.
Investigators are testing the knife, but a police spokesman raised doubts about the reliability of the evidence, questioning why the officer failed to notify police at the time.
“I don't know why that didn't happen or if that's entirely accurate or if this whole story is possibly bogus from the get-go,” LAPD Capt. Andrew Neiman said, according to the Los Angeles Times.
A member of Simpson’s legal team during the murder trial suggested someone may have made the story up to achieve fame.
“It's amazing how the world cannot move on from this case,” Carl Douglas told the Los Angeles Times. “And it, and the media, is apparently still fascinated by everything O.J. Simpson.”
Alan Dershowitz, who was an appellant adviser to Simpson, was also not convinced.
“It's totally suspicious when there is no chain of custody," Dershowitz told the Los Angeles Times. "Courts don't generally allow for that type of thing. I think everybody has to take a deep breath and view this with some degree of skepticism.”
Simpson is serving a nine- to 33-year prison sentence for armed robbery. He cannot be tried again for the murders.