The Retired Cop That's Been Sitting On O.J.'s Apparent Murder Weapon Learned Why Memorabilia Is Overrated
TMZ- A construction worker found a knife buried on the perimeter of the former O.J. Simpson estate ... and it's currently being tested by the LAPD in a top secret investigation ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ.
The story is incredible. We're told a construction worker found the knife years ago -- we have heard several different stories, ranging from "several years ago" to 1998, when the house was demolished.
Our law enforcement sources say the construction worker took the knife to the street, where he saw an LAPD cop. He told the officer where he found the knife and the cop took it.
Turns out the cop -- who worked in the traffic division -- was off duty at the time, working security for a movie shoot at a house across the street on Rockingham. Our sources say the officer took the knife home and kept it ... kept it for years.
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.
And there you have it folks, the inherent problem with souvenirs. As cool as they seem in the moment it's only a matter of time before you get bored of them and need to see the look on other people's faces when they find out you have them for them to regain their true value. Especially when the souvenir in question has a pretty lousy back story. Having a construction worker give you O.J.'s murder weapon is not nearly as awesome as finding it yourself. Let's put it this way. The guy that caught Barry Bonds record setting home run ball had way more of a reason to cherish it than the guy he ended up selling it to. Won't be too long before that history making momento feels like any other old baseball just sitting on the shelf, just like that knife was starting to feel like a pretty big waste of cutlery.
That's why this retired cop decided to out himself for no good reason. You think he really cared about getting the department record number engraved on the frame? Get lost! He just wanted to tell someone he had the O.J. knife, especially now that the case is gaining traction again. Not sure why he told an active member of the LAPD's homocide division, but I bet he felt like a fucking rock star when he did. Probably should have just told his neighbor and sworn them to secrecy, but I would imagine you get a pretty loose tongue after withholding the truth for so long. The fact that his entire former police department hates him is secondary to the fact that they know him as the guy that had the knife that was previously soaked in Nicole Simpson's blood. He may not get to look at it everyday anymore, but at least he's getting the notoriety he's due from being it's owner for all these years, and that's really all that matters.
No O.J., they can't prosecute again...
P.S. Never trust a traffic cop.