For O.J. Simpson to get away with murder, an innocent cop had to be destroyed. That was the cynical strategy of the Simpson Dream Team, and it worked. Now the former LAPD detective tells his side of the story in a damning expose that reveals why and how Simpson’s interrogation and prosecution were bungled.
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I am going to start this off by stating that it is entirely possible (or even likely) that Mark Fuhrman is the terrible racist of a person that he is perceived to be. In Murder in Brentwood, he spends quite a bit of time trying to convince the reader he is not. This is a review of his book – not of his character. Which is precisely how I feel the OJ case should have been judged by the jurors (the facts of the case). With all of that said… if you were interested in the OJ Simpson case, this is a must read.
There were all sorts of evidence that were not admitted into the trial or for whatever reason not used by the prosecution. Obviously, if you paid attention to the trial there was already an insane amount of evidence that was used. The one that bothers Fuhrman the most was the bloody fingerprint left on the outside gate. For some reason this was never tested and it clearly had to be from the murderer.
The most fascinating parts of this book are the pages of notes and appendices that Fuhrman provides. He has included the transcript from OJ’s first questioning with the police as well as pages from his notebook that he carried with him and collected his initial notes and thoughts. It also interested me to find out that either his partner or another detective was present when Fuhrman collected/discovered most of the evidence at the crime scene. This would make it increasingly harder for him to plant or manipulate any evidence.
True crime books are interesting. This case was interesting. Murder in Brentwood by Mark Fuhrman is interesting. With the new miniseries coming out about the case that was considered the “trial of the century,” I am sure there will be some renewed interest.
I am also sure that we will get people in for books such as The People V. O.J. Simpson, but do not dismiss Murder in Brentwood just because the author was described in the closing arguments as a person we wish would not be on the planet. This book has many very interesting facts and details that most people are not aware of and is definitely worth a read.