An old friend says he thinks O.J. Simpson will confess to the double murder he was acquitted of in 1995.
Ron Shipp, who testified at Simpson’s trial to their relationship of 26 years, made the comments to the New York Daily News.
Simpson was famously found not guilty of the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ron Goldman.
“The guy is in total torment today,” Shipp told the Daily News. “Someone told me he is 300 pounds and he looks horrible. O.J. has always felt his appearance meant everything and now, deep down inside, he is starting to live with himself.”
Simpson is currently serving prison time for an unrelated armed robbery, but could be out as soon as next year.
“I hope one day he actually will rid us of all the doubt and all the conspiracy theories and say ‘Sorry I cannot go to prison (because of double jeopardy laws), but I am sorry I did it,’” Shipp added.
Shipp went on to say his opinion of Simpson had changed since the trial.
“I should have known,” Shipp said. “I didn’t really see him at the time doing that because of my love for him. I didn’t want to believe the things I saw.”
Accusations were made at the time that Shipp was testifying for reasons of self-promotion.
“I’m doing this for my conscience and my peace of mind,” Shipp responded to such allegations in 2005. “I will not have the blood of Nicole on Ron Shipp. I can sleep at night, unlike a lot of others.”
Shipp’s latest comments come as the new television show “O.J.: Made in America,” directed by Ezra Edelman, prepares to air on ESPN.
“What was interesting to us is everything that led up to the case: the people, their experiences, the city, the relationship between the criminal justice system and the black community in L.A. And that's what we talked to Ezra about — originally, we said the film would be five hours, but he went out and found all these elements of a story that I didn't even know existed,” Connor Schell, vice president of ESPN Film, Told Rolling Stone.
The end product is a nearly 8-hour-long program exploring the Simpson case.